National Parks, Other Federal Lands Generate Big Tourism Income For State Of Utah

How important are national parks, forests, and other federal lands in the economies of Western states? Data recently released in Utah offers a glimpse.

A View From The Overlook: A Tale Of Two Rivers, Part I

There is a thread of commonality in the Colorado River as it flows through the Grand Canyon, and the Potomac River as it flows into Washington, D.C. It revolves around preservation.

Help Erase Graffiti In Arches National Park On Public Lands Day

You can be part of the solution in the battle against graffiti in national parks on National Public Lands Day, September 28, by helping to erase graffiti at Arches National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing The Fall

As the harbinger of winter, the autumn season brings a sense of peace and introspection with its quiet isolation, broken only by the occasional haunting call of a bull elk. Crowds are fewer and dispersed. Colors are saturated. The air is clear and crisp. It’s these elements combined together that make fall my favorite season for photography.

"Blueprint" Calls For Balance Between Resource Development, Recreation, And The Environment On Public Lands

Is the country’s approach to public lands management balanced, or is it skewed toward resource development at the expense of the environment and recreation? A coalition of conservation groups believes it is skewed, and wants the Obama administration, and Congress, to provide that missing balance.

Late-Season Deals On Rafting, Mountain Bike Trips In The National Parks

It's August, school is around the corner, do you still have time for a national park adventure this summer? The folks at Holiday River Expeditions are making that possibility enticing with some discounts on some of their rafting and mountain biking trips in Dinosaur National Monument and Canyonlands National Park.

Construction Coming To Devils Garden At Arches National Park

Heading to Arche National Park next month? Watch out for the construction around Devils Garden. Crews will be installing new toilets and sidewalks near the trailhead, and that will cause congestion and delays.

Arches National Park Proposes Regs For Climbing, Canyoneering

Canyoneering and climbing would be permitted in Arches and Canyonlands national parks under guidelines currently open for public comment.

Photography In The National Parks: Made For Monochrome

Color photographs are the mainstay of the national park traveler, but black and white has its role in the parks, too.

New Organization Rises Up To Warn About Energy Exploration Impacts On National Parks

As the country endeavors to become more and more energy independent, new techniques for extracting oil and gas from beneath the landscape are greatly expanding the footprint of energy exploration in the country. These efforts have greatly increased the production of oil and natural gas in the United States, and they also are creating problems when the drilling operations turn up on the doorsteps of national parks.

American Rivers: Colorado River Tops List Of 10 Most Endangered Rivers In United States

Despite taking in what the Green, Yampa, and other tributaries large and small contribute, the Colorado River is in a death spiral, over-allocated and a victim of growing climate change, left in a state of constant thirst that has made the river the most-endangered in the country, according to American Rivers.

Photography In The National Parks: Scale, Perspective And Connection

What's the deal with scale and perspective when you're taking photographs in the national parks? It's all about placing things in their proper context...or the context you want to reflect.

Photography In The National Parks: Get Intimate With Your Camera

Every now and then, you should get intimate with your camera in a national park.

Photographer Planning To Document Crumbling Side Of National Parks

Pretty pictures of national park vistas are commonplace. But how would you react to a photo that showed the crumbling side of the parks?

Poll Shows Westerners Want Protections For Public Lands, Frown on Fossil Fuels, Nuclear

A poll of Western attitudes on the environment shows some disagreement with politicians over public lands stewardship and energy generation.

Traveler's View: Proposed Monument Around Canyonlands National Park Deserves Serious Consideration

A proposal to create a 1.4-million-acre national monument wrapping Canyonlands National Park in Utah should not be dismissed out of hand, but receive serious consideration from the Obama administration. And it should receive equally serious consideration from Utah officials who promote the state's recreational wonders in one breath and demand a turnover of federal lands in the next.

A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

Colorado River Basin Study: Where Do National Parks Fit In?

Seldom Seen Smith has to be rolling his eyes, and George Hayduke just might be thinking of calling the Monkey Wrench Gang back together. Why? A voluminous Interior Department report looking at how best to manage precious water resources in the Colorado River Basin largely ignores national parks the river flows through.
Cairns: Messengers In Stone If you're hiking across the landscape at Arches National Park, following rock cairns across the slickrock, how would you know when to turn right or left? The answer is found within the pages of Cairns: Messengers in Stone, a wonderful little book that traces the history of these rock piles.

Creature Feature: A Fairy Of A Different Sort

Dotting the sandstone floors of the Colorado plateau are countless potholes -- shallow depressions that hold water only for short periods after rains. But during those wet periods, these potholes come to life with a variety of intriguing creatures, including fairy shrimp.

How Might The National Park System Fare Under A "President Romney"?

With Mitt Romney, the Republican presidential nominee, vague on details concerning his plans for reducing the federal deficit and shrinking government, speculation is running heavy, and it's not encouraging for the National Park System.
Visit national parks of the Southwest and you’ll see remnants of an ancient society -- their well-placed cliff dwellings, smoke stains on rock overhangs, curious art works staring back at you from cliff walls.

Enjoy The Perseid Meteor Showers In The National Parks

This coming weekend will be the perfect time to be camping in the backcountry of a national park, or at least visiting a national park that doesn't suffer from light pollution. That's because the annual Perseid Meteor Showers are scheduled to arrive Saturday, and a dark sky is the best sky to observe them.

Hot, Dry Conditions Prompt Fire Restrictions In Canyonlands And Arches National Parks, Natural Bridges And Hovenweep National Monuments

If you're planning a visit to southeastern Utah's national parks, be aware that the Southwest's hot, dry conditions have led National Park Service officials to issue restrictions on open fires in Arches and Canyonlands national parks as well as Natural Bridges and Hovenweep national monuments.

Parks Offer Opportunities To Watch Venus Transit On Tuesday

If you're out in the parks this week, check to see if the park you're in is offering a viewing of the "Venus transit" that will occur Tuesday afternoon. Units from Arches to Voyageurs national parks will be offering special viewing of the celestial event.

Discriminating Explorer: Two Incredible National Parks, One Great Town

Sunlight so bright it stains the rocks? It certainly seems so in the red-rock country of southeastern Utah, where Arches and Canyonlands national parks dazzle with both their scenery and their adventures.
Arches and Canyonlands national parks are red-rock neighbors, separated by only a handful of miles in southeastern Utah. Spend any time there and you can't help but come away amazed by the scenery.

Spring In the National Parks: Where Can You Find Wildflowers?

Spring is showing up in more and more corners of the country, which means it's a perfect time to check out what's blooming in the National Park System. Here's a quick list of some reliable sites to catch wildflowers in the weeks ahead.

Gateway Communities: Not All Have Tight Connections With Their National Parks

In Moab, Utah, a gritty town that mines the tourism industry spawned in part by nearby Arches and Canyonlands national parks, the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks is working to connect the region's youth with the parks.

New Friends Group Working to Support Arches, Canyonlands National Parks

The roster of national park "friends groups" has grown with the relatively recent arrival of the Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, an organization working to support projects within those two red-rock gems of the National Park System.