2017 Free Entrance Days at National Parks

America’s Best Idea—the national parks—is even better when it’s free! Every year, the National Parks Service waives normal admission fees on certain special periods, including National Parks Week, National Public Lands Day, and Veterans Day. The exact number of fee-free days varies from year to year: In 2015, there were a total of nine free days. In […]

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument: People Still Live Here & I Can See Why

A comparatively little-known canyon, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “de shay”) has sandstone walls rising up to 1,000 feet, scenic overlooks, well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and an insight into the present day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. People have lived in the canyon for more than 5,000 years, archaeologists believe, making it […]

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Volcanoes That Built National Parks

Volcanic processes are constantly changing the Earth. Eruptions can create new islands, build and destroy mountains, and alter landscapes. Active, dormant, and ancient remnants of eruptions are all contained within America’s national parks. Many features we see when visiting the national parks are created by volcanic processes such as geysers, ash flows, and hot springs. […]

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8 Remarkable Things Only Found in National Parks

These eight things are just a few of the remarkable finds worth celebrating as we continue to mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. Tallest monument in the Western Hemisphere: Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, Missouri As the nation’s tallest monument, the Gateway Arch has welcomed visitors for fifty years with its iconic, awe-inspiring shape. […]

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National Parks Offer More Than Nature

National Parks date back to 1872, so it might seem a little unusual that they’re celebrating their centennial this year. It’s because the agency that manages the parks—the U.S. National Park Service—wasn’t created until 1916. So who gets credit for creating the national parks? Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872, and it was President […]

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National Parks Service Designates 10 Parks as Historic Landmarks

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis recently announced the designation of 10 new national historic landmarks. The designation recognizes the properties as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. The 10 national historic landmarks announced are: […]

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Earthly Paradise: Zion National Park

When it comes to standing in awe of nature’s magnificence, it’s hard to beat the Grand Circle Tour—especially the northern arc that carves across southern Utah and encompasses Zion National Park at the western edge and Arches National Park to the east. In between are the natural wonders of Cedar Breaks National Monument, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Natural Bridges […]

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