Small Wonders: The Teeniest National Park Sites

National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller packages. With over 14 official designations and several unique titles, the National Park Service is very specific when it comes to defining their parks. Generally, the smaller national parks tend to have a greater connection […]

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Exploring the Largest National Parks & Recreation Areas

Interest in national parks has soared in recent years. In fact, total visits to U.S. national parks exceeded the population of the nation in 2016 alone. Exploring the majestic scenery, hiking the trails, and camping in your RV are just some of the experiences visitors to national parks can relish. With over 14 official designations […]

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See the Fall Leaves Near Utah’s National Parks

Often overlooked for New England or the Smoky Mountains, Utah’s wide array of forests and state and national parks—each located at different elevations and receiving varying amounts of rainfall—make for a diverse foliage spectacle. Utah’s geography creates a multitude of peak viewing times throughout the state, so you can come early or late in the […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Deferred Maintenance

Mesa Verde National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see and experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between AD 600 and 1300 when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated from the area. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the park. Hiking and climbing ladders in […]

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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 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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