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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National Parks & Snowbird Lifestyle

One of the highlights of our snowbird lifestyle is touring national parks. National Park Service sites are a great national resource—places where nature, history, geology, art, culture, and wildlife are protected and preserved forever. From the cool forests of Sequoia National Park to the barren heat of Death Valley to the remote Capitol Reef National Park, to South […]

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America’s Best State Parks

Every year, America’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Great Smoky Mountains. State parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the […]

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National Parks For Snowbirds

Rio Grande River in Big Bend National Park © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

National parks come in all sizes and shapes, offering nothing if not variety. One of the highlights of our snowbird lifestyle is touring national parks. National Park Service sites are a great national resource—places where nature, history, geology, art, culture, and wildlife are protected and preserved forever. From scenic to sensational, history to mystery; from […]

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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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