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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Are You Satisfied With The Condition Of Highways You Travel?

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Are you satisfied with the condition of the roads and highways you travel? Rhode Island (31 percent) and Michigan (35 percent) residents are less likely to be satisfied with the roads and highways where they live than are residents in any other state, according to a Gallup news release. North Dakota has the highest satisfaction […]

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National Parks & Strange Geological Formations

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America is home to majestic landscapes—rolling plains, rugged mountains, and deep canyons—but there are also strange and lesser known geologic formations. Speleothems, grabens, and upheaval domes may not be household names, but these unusual landforms provide some of the most striking—and, in some cases, downright bizarre—scenery in our national parks. Do You Hoodoo? Bryce Canyon […]

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12 National Parks Surge in Attendance

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As many national parks broke attendance records through the first 11 months in 2015, parks are bracing for even greater crowds in 2016, when the National Parks Service turns 100 years old. Overall visitation to parks, monuments, and other sites administered by the National Parks Service is on track to hit 300 million in 2015, […]

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Birds of a Feather: Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge

Talk about a great migration! Every year starting in early November, some 10-15,000 sandhill cranes, 20-30,000 snow geese, and nearly 40,000 ducks migrate to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge near Socorro, New Mexico. This annual event also attracts birders, photographers, and nature lovers of all kinds who also migrate to the Bosque to […]

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Circle of Ancients: Ancestral Puebloans

The sites of the Ancestral Puebloans are many and include Chaco Culture National Historic Park, Hovenweep National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, and Aztec Ruins National Monument. All combine to form The Circle of Ancients—a theme some have spent a lifetime exploring. About 1,400 years ago, long before Europeans explored […]

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