Mesa Verde National Park: Look Back In Time 1,000 Years

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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 5,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the […]

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Get Immersed in Caves: Carlsbad Caverns National Park

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The Chihuahuan Desert, studded with spiky plants and lizards, offers little hint that what Will Rogers called the “Grand Canyon with a roof on it” waits underground. Yet, at this desert’s northern reaches, underneath the Guadalupe Mountains, lies one of the deepest, largest, and most ornate caverns ever found. High ancient sea ledges, deep rocky […]

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National Parks Inspire Love Of Nature

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National Parks inspire life-changing love of nature by taking people out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. This has never been more true than now on the eve of the anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25. The park service manages 58 national parks, including iconic parks like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Zion, Grand Canyon, […]

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More Than Scenic Beauty: National Parks Preserve History & Culture

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The National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday on August 25. But what’s a party without people? In fact, while many visitors think of national parks as places to experience nature, they also preserve unique resources that tell stories about the historic journey of the nation and everyday lives of people. Along with protecting natural […]

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Lassen Volcanic National Park: Exploring a Restless Landscape

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Here, on the Cascade Range in Northern California, we’re gaping at a large pool of bubbling mud the color of mushroom soup gone very, very bad. A rotten-egg smell fills the air. The smell is hydrogen sulfide. After all, we’re at a place called the Sulphur Works. One hundred eighty-one degrees. Impressive. The interesting thing […]

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