Triassic World: Petrified Forest National Park

The colorful rock layers of northeastern Arizona’s Petrified Forest National Park form a visual display of eroded badlands, dating to the Triassic. Petrified Forest is known for its treasure trove of fossilized logs, exposed after eons of erosion by wind and water. About 60 million years ago, tectonic action pushed the Colorado Plateau upwards, exposing […]

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National Park Service Records Third Consecutive Visitation Record

Arches National Park is a red, arid desert, peppered with oddly eroded sandstone forms such as fins, pinnacles, spires, balanced rocks, and arches. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A total of 331 million recreation visits to America’s national parks were recorded in 2016—the third consecutive all-time attendance record for the National Park Service. The Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made the announcement during a stop at Glacier National Park where he met with Park Superintendent Jeff Mow to discuss the park’s […]

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America’s Top 4 Natural Landmarks

Landmarks are points of interest that include tourist attractions, well-known places, unusual landforms, monuments, memorials, and odd and unusual structures. And they can be man-made or natural. In today’s post we detail America’s top four natural landmarks. Carlsbad Cavern National Park, New Mexico Go underground at Carlsbad Cavern, a magical world of mysterious passageways, colossal rock formations, crystal-clear pools […]

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The Wonders Of The Grand Canyon (National Park)

John Wesley Powell said it best, “The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself.” A universally recognizable iconic destination, Grand Canyon National Park is a true marvel of nature that’s on every RVer’s bucket list. A powerful and inspiring landscape, Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses […]

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4 Ecosystems Meet At Coronado National Memorial

Four major ecosystems meet in Southeastern Arizona: the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and the Sierra Madre. This is a beautiful natural area with an unlimited supply of interesting sights to visit. The San Pedro River valley attracts hikers and birders because of the variety of species that live there. Bisbee is a friendly, funky place to wander and explore. Tombstone trades on a […]

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The Geologic Story of National Park

Many national parks were established to protect significant geological features and landforms that frame the natural and cultural heritage of America. Park geological features include the world–renowned sculptured depths of Grand Canyon National Park, the ancient fossils of Dinosaur National Monument, the longest recorded cave system in the world at Mammoth Cave National Park, the […]

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Joshua Tree National Park: Otherworldly Desert Wonderland

America’s national parks are busier than ever with most reporting a record number of visitors during the past several years. But the beautiful thing is that once you’re out hiking a trail, there’s plenty of room for all. For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark in 2015. […]

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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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