What is better than packing a car with sleeping bags, tents, new tunes, and good friends? Not much in my opinion! Here in northern Utah I am spoiled with weekend desert adventures that range from meandering around Devils Garden in Arches National Park to canyoneering the narrow ravines of Zion National Park. Exploring the natural wonders, and connecting with friends, is kept alive by the National Park System. The parks make for a great getaway.
Arches National Park
Arches National Park is the backdrop for this episode of the National Park Sessions, in which The Giving Tree Band plays Friends of the Devil.
The Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble is returning to the national stage with the launch of their Music in Our Parks project, with performances in Arches, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Great Sand Dunes, and Zion national parks.
Irresponsible visitors who couldn't resist carving their initials into the soft sandstone at Arches National Park have prompted the closure of an area near one of the park's iconic arches.
Though remotely located in the mountains of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you'd find in major metropolitan areas.
With their colorful settings and majestic geology, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks in Utah rightfully should be explored on foot, even if you only have a few hours to hike.
The National Parks Conservation Association is urging Congress to repay those states that made it possible for a handful of national parks to open for business during last October's shutdown.
If you've ever tried to find a parking spot at the Delicate Arch Trailhead in Arches National Park, you know there's not enough space to meet demand. But how should the national park address the problem?
Of all the photos you've taken during your 2013 national park visits, do you have any particular favorites? Contributing photographer Rebecca Latson has chosen five of her own favorites and explains why they are favorites.
Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.