Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide Anyone who spends time hiking in the national parks of the Southwest needs a good plant identification book. And "Common Southwestern Native Plants, An Identification Guide," is one of those books.

Is There A Need to Have the Government Promote National Parks?

Is there a need to promote places that "our woven into our American culture," that require room reservations to be made months, if not a year, ahead of schedule, and which not too long ago gained national exposure through a 12-hour Ken Burns mini-series?

Tamarisk, aka "Salt Cedar," A Thirsty Scourge Of Western National Parks

The showy tamarisk tree, aka "Saltcedar," long has been reviled as a thirsty scourge of Western national park riparian areas. But new research shows it's not any thirstier than some native species. However, tamarisk isn't valued as highly as cottonwoods and willows by some bird species, the studies say.

Landmark Ranger Station Along Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park to Get Facelift

As noted in Ranger Confidential: Living, Working and Dying in the National Parks, housing for rangers is not like staying in the Hilton...or even a Super 8. Still, the historic river ranger station in Grand Canyon National Park is in a fantastic setting. And this summer it'll get some upgrades.

North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park To Open to Vehicles May 15

If all goes as planned, vehicle access along Highway 67 to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be possible at 7 a.m. on May 15.

Dining At The Parks: Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding

A day spent hiking along the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park deserves some rewards. And if you're a chocoholic, one of those should be the Pinon Chocolate Bread Pudding served up at the Grand Canyon Lodge.

Bicycle Rentals Available at South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon
If you enjoy bicycling but it's not convenient to haul your pedal powered ride on vacation, the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will soon offer a new option: bicycle rentals. The bikes will have a big advantage over your car—they can take you places in the park where private vehicles aren't allowed.

Reader Participation Day: Has Arizona's Approach To Controlling Illegal Immigrants Led You To Cancel a Grand Canyon Trip?

Are you rethinking that trip to the Grand Canyon or Saguaro National Park due to the approach Arizona officials are taking towards illegal immigration?

Free Shuttle into Grand Canyon National Park from Neighboring Tusayan a Plus for Visitors

NPS shuttle buses at Grand Canyon.
If you're visiting the South Rim at Grand Canyon National Park this summer, the NPS wants to help you avoid waiting in a line of cars at the park entrance—and wasting time looking for a parking space once you get in the gate. Here's what you need to know about the free shuttle to and from the neighboring town of Tusayan

Spring Is A Good Time To Be Thinking About River Trips In the National Park System

Snowmelt's running around the National Park System, which makes it a perfect time to start thinking about paddling trips in the parks. Here are some ideas, and contacts, that can help you get wet in the months ahead.