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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Southeast Arizona Birding Hotspot: Whitewater Draw Wildlife Area

The combination of deserts and sky islands combine to make Southeastern Arizona one of the most spectacular regions in North America for bird watching. During our numerous visits to this region we have visited many excellent birding spots including San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area, Ramsey Canyon, Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, Patagonia Lake State Park, and Whitewater Draw. A 1,500-acre wildlife habitat, […]

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Myakka River State Park: Place of Abundance Offering Varied Experiences

A place of abundance, Myakka River State Park offers a variety of experiences: Day-trippers come for the airboat ride, tram ride, canopy walkway, and stop at the water-front café. Adventurers head for the 39 miles of hiking trails, excellent paved and unpaved biking trails, or the wild and scenic river and lakes for kayaking. Given you […]

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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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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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