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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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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America’s Most Beautiful Landmarks

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The past century-and-a-half has seen the creation of two organizations that work together to protect America’s national treasures. After the first national park, Yellowstone, was established in 1872 to protect the natural beauty of its world-famous geyser basins and wildlife, the U.S. National Park Service was founded in 1916—and now oversees the preservation of hundreds […]

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Rivers of Ancient Fires: El Malpais National Monument

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The richly diverse volcanic landscape of El Malpais National Monument offers solitude, recreation, and discovery. There’s something for everyone here. Explore cinder cones, lava tube caves, sandstone bluffs, and hiking trails. While some may see a desolate environment, people have been adapting to and living in this extraordinary terrain for generations. Known as “the badlands” […]

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Immense Cliffs & Stunning Overlooks: Dead Horse Point

Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Featuring immense cliffs carved by the elements and stunning overlooks, Dead Horse Point State Park draws you in with its breathtaking landscapes, dark starlit skies, and […]

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Spirit Lake Memorial Highway: Scenic Byway to Mount St. Helens

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The Spirit Lake Memorial Highway is the only scenic byway in the U.S. that penetrates a fresh volcanic blast zone. This scenic and historic route is a 52-mile journey into the scene of epic destruction that Mount St. Helens caused when it erupted on May 18, 1980. Along the way, experience the enormous geologic, economic, and […]

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