Visit Arches National Park in late winter or early spring, and you just might be treated to the glimmering snow-mantled La Sal Mountains off on the southeastern horizon serving as a perfect backdrop to the park's red rock formations.
Arches National Park
The slide projector whirred on the table next to my desk as Mrs. Sampson, our fourth-grade teacher, worked the balky advancement mechanism. She had purchased the Kodachromes in strips from a gift shop during her summer vacation, and the images on the screen transfixed me: vertical cliffs of white granite, waterfalls misting in midair, pine trees rising from a grassy riverbank.
You might not want to find Arches National Park next year, as major road work is planned for the main park road from the entrance station to Devils Garden Campground, which will be closed for most of 2017.
Outside Magazine, in the daily ritual of feeding social media channels, reached back two years for a cool nighttime photograph from Arches National Park that, unfortunately, inadvertently promoted camping in an area of the park that is off-limits to camping.
In its rush Thursday to take the rest of the summer off, Congress left behind a pile of unfinished work, some of which reaches into the National Park System. There's the Interior appropriations bill, which would roll back some environmental protections, and a controversial Public Lands Initiative for Utah that quickly drew fire. And then there's the draft platform for the Republican Convention, which holds freight aimed at fleecing federal lands and tying presidents' hands.
Nearly four decades have passed since Congress directed the National Park Service to establish visitor carrying capacities for the National Park System, yet few parks have done so, according to a review by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.
Due to high summer heat, ongoing drought conditions, and sparse rainfall, fire danger is increasing across many parts of the National Park System in the western United States.
A year after traffic trying to enter Arches National Park in Utah backed up onto a U.S. highway and caused police to temporarily close the entrance, park officials are urging visitors planning to visit during the Memorial Day weekend to show up early.
Arches National Park authorities are seeking information on who carved their names into the sandstone at Frame Arch, which is across from Delicate Arch.arch-graffiti_nps_frame_arch_700.jpg
Six years after National Park Service officials set aspirational goals to reduce plastic waste across the park system by installing water-filling stations for the public, the agency has fallen far short of its hopes.green_parks_strategic_plan_04.12.10.pdf