Discover Your Parks During National Park Week

What makes Lake Powell so memorable is the contrast between the deep clear blue waters and the surrounding landscape—stark red sandstone rocks. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

As the National Park Service celebrates 100 years of protecting and preserving the nation’s parks and monuments, all Americans are encouraged to get out and #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 16 through 24. All National Park Service entrance fees will be waived for the week so choose a park, near or far, and discover what […]

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Towns Along the Gold Rush Trail: Mokelumne Hill & San Andreas

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Due to its historic nature as one of the original areas settled by gold mining hopefuls in California’s Gold Rush of 1849, each town in Calaveras County has its quaint, historic center with charming buildings featuring Victorian architecture. In today’s post we’ll discuss two of these charming towns: Mokelumne Hill and San Andreas. Mokelumne Hill […]

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Towns Along the Gold Rush Trail: Amador City & Sutter Creek

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The discovery of gold at Sutter’s Mill in 1848 changed the course of California’s and the nation’s history. Although most of the mining camps faded after the mines closed, tourism has brought some of them back to life. Amador City One of California’s smallest incorporated cities, with a population of just over 200 residents, Amador City is […]

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2015 National Park Service Visitation Tops 307 Million

Stretching outward, an army of saguaro cacti waved at me with their massive prickly arms. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Park Service recently certified 2015 national park visitation at more than 307 million. It also released its popular Top 10 list of the most visited national park sites. “The popularity of national parks is well known, but last year’s numbers really are extraordinary,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the […]

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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s time to celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. In honor of this amazing year, we have launched an on-going series on America’s National Parks Centennial, dedicated to the enjoyment and beauty of America’s national parks. The Act of March 1, 1872 established Yellowstone National Park as a public park. Following the establishment of […]

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