Cedar Breaks National Monument: What Makes it Great?

Hidden within the mountains above Cedar City and loosely sandwiched between two southwestern Utah national parks—Zion and Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument towers 2,000 and 4,000 feet above these parks, respectively. The monument lies 22 miles west of Cedar City, about 60 miles east of Bryce Canyon, and 80 miles north of Zion. Cedar Breaks is […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Preserving the Works of Man

Mesa Verde National Park is like traveling back in time. Way back in time. It’s simultaneously a history lesson and an outdoor, hiking adventure for people of all ages and fitness levels. What makes it unique? The shockingly well preserved (and restored) cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Pueblo people between AD 600 and 1300 when […]

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A Journey of Incredible Beauty: Trail of the Ancients

In earlier articles, A Journey Worth Taking: Trail of the Ancients and A Journey of Discovery: Trail of the Ancients, we introduced the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We began our journey of incredible beauty east of Monticello and traveled to Blanding, Natural Bridges National Monument, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, […]

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A Journey of Discovery: Trail of the Ancients

In an earlier article, A Journey Worth Taking: Trail of the Ancients, we introduced the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We began our incredible journey of discovery east of Monticello and traveled to Blanding and Natural Bridges National Monument. The Trail of the Ancients circles through the ancient Puebloan (Anasazi) Country of southeastern Utah, providing […]

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Gettysburg National Military Park: Confederate Monuments Here To Stay

Despite the decision made by many cities and states across the country to remove Confederate monuments, one national park said it will not remove any Civil War memorials. Katie Lawhon, senior adviser for the park service’s Gettysburg battlefield office, told the Reading Eagle the site-specific memorials are important, and the park service’s job is to […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: 14 Centuries of History

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 4,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the lives of […]

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