Celebrate the National Park Service Centennial August 25-28

Grand Canyon from the International Space Station -Astronaut Jeff Williams

Events at Centennial Central (the Historic Train Depot)

Thursday, August 25th

9:00 am - Amtrak Exhibit Train Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00 am - Centennial Central Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00-11:00 am - Naturalization Ceremony, Mather Point Amphitheater
10:30-11:00 am - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
11:45 am - Grand Canyon Railway Steam Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
Noon-12:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
12:45 pm - Grand Canyon Railway Diesel Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
1:00 pm - Opening Ceremony of Amtrak Exhibit Train, Centennial Central
1:30 pm - Birthday Cake Cutting, Centennial Central
2:30-3:00 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
4:00-4:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
5:00 pm - Centennial Central Closes
6:00 pm - Amtrak Exhibit Train Closes

Friday, August 26th

9:00 am - Amtrak Exhibit Train Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00 am - Centennial Central Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00 am - 5:00 pm- Meet Mary Colter (Living History), Centennial Central
10:00-10:45 am - Mary Colter (Living History) Walking Tour to Hopi House, Starts at Centennial Central Ends at Hopi House
10:30-11:00 am - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
11:00 am - Periscope Tour of Amtrak Exhibit Train
11:45 am - Grand Canyon Railway Steam Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
Noon-12:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
12:45 pm - Grand Canyon Railway Diesel Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
2:00-2:45 pm - Mary Colter (Living History) Walking Tour to Hopi House; Starts at Centennial Central Ends at Hopi House
2:30-3:00 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
4:00-4:30 pm - Ed Kabotie, Hopi Artist and Musician Cultural Demonstration, Centennial Central
5:00 pm - Centennial Central Closes
6:00 pm - Amtrak Exhibit Train Closes
7:30 pm - Jazz and More, Grand Canyon Music Festival, Shrine of the Ages

Saturday, August 27th

9:00 am - Amtrak Exhibit Train Opens, Historic Train Depot
9:00 am - Centennial Central Opens, Historic Train Depot
11:45 am - Grand Canyon Railway Steam (double header) Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
12:45 pm - Grand Canyon Railway Diesel Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
5:00 pm - Centennial Central Closes
6:00 pm - Amtrak Exhibit Train Closes
7:30 pm - Puhutawi Presentation and Barber's Adagio for Strings, Grand Canyon Music Festival, Shrine of the Ages

Sunday, August 28th

9:00 am - Amtrak Exhibit Train Opens, Historic Train Depot
11:45 am - Grand Canyon Railway SteamTrain Arrives, Historic Train Depot
12:45 pm - Grand Canyon Railway Diesel Train Arrives, Historic Train Depot
6:00 pm - Amtrak Exhibit Train Closes

Exhibitors Include:

Arizona State Parks
Grand Canyon Association
Tusayan Chamber of Commerce
Smokey Bear (August 25 ONLY)
Arizona Strip, BLM (August 25 ONLY)
Grand Canyon Music Festival
Ed Kabotie, Hopi Cultural Demonstrator (August 25 & 26 ONLY)
Diana Uqualla, Havasupai Cultural Demonstrator (August 25 & 26 ONLY)

Food and Beverage will be available for purchase at Centennial Central.

Amtrak Exhibit Train

The Amtrak Exhibit Train, showcasing the past, present and future of America's Railroad®, will be open to the public for free tours during Grand Canyon National Park's celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial. NPS is turning 100 years old on August 25, 2016.

Visitors can stop by Amtrak Exhibit Train at the South Rim Train Depot from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Thursday, Aug. 25, through Sunday, Aug. 27. Amtrak, NPS, Texas A&M University and the Grand Canyon Railway are hosting the event that celebrates 100 years of trains connecting visitors to national parks.

The Amtrak Exhibit Train features displays including workable signals, virtual sleeping accommodation tours and trivia, the locomotive control stand and horns, photos, uniforms, vintage advertising and memorabilia from the beginning of Amtrak in 1971 to today's modern sleeping cars and high-speed rail service. For the youngest rail fans, stop off at the Chuggington Depot with the Exhibit Train, featuring toy trains and coloring tables.

Also highlighted during the Exhibit Train's visit to the Grand Canyon National Park is a partnership between Amtrak and NPS called Trails and Rails. Volunteers sponsored by local parks educate Amtrak customers on the heritage and natural resources of a specific region while traveling by rail. Texas A&M University's Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Science coordinates the Trails &Rails program across the country.

The Exhibit Train includes a locomotive, three baggage cars renovated into exhibit cars and one bistro car, all with historic paint schemes. Visitors can collect a limited-edition NPS Centennial Passport Stamp, created especially for the Amtrak Exhibit Train.

Centennial Central at the South Rim Depot will feature other fun and interactive booths from local organizations and park partners, along with available food and beverages.

Grand Canyon Railway Steam Days

Grand Canyon Railway is celebrating by rolling out two of our historic steam locomotives for a special Steam Spectacular!

On August 24, 25, and 26 either GCR No. 4960 or the recently restored GCR No. 29 will pull Train #1 departing at 9:30am for Grand Canyon National Park. Then, on Saturday August 27, both No. 4960 and No. 29 will pull the Train in a rare event known as a "Double Header."

For more information about Steam Days and Grand Canyon Railway visit
https://www.thetrain.com/special-events/nps100/