The 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt (1901-1909) visited the Grand Canyon in 1903. An avid lover of nature and staunch conservationist, he established the Grand Canyon Game Preserve on November 28, 1906. He added adjacent national forest lands and re-designated the preserve to a U.S. National Monument on January 11, 1908. Opponents, such as land and mining claim holders, blocked efforts to reclassify the monument as a U.S. National Park for 11 years. Finally, the 17th U.S. National Park was established and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on February 26, 1919.
The Grand Canyon is considered one of the seven Natural Wonders of the World. It is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile. Nearly 5 million people every year stand at one of the lookouts on the South Rim and gaze downward in awe. Only a few get to experience the true wonder of the inner canyon. I am blessed and thankful I got to see the beauty of the inner canyon!