Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness

Photo: Sherman Hogue, BLM, Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness Spotlight on the Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness in northwestern New Mexico. BLM: The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a rolling landscape of badlands which offers some of the most unusual scenery found in the Four Corners Region. Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded …

Mexico-USA Borderlands

Photo: Votive EssayWe need a better understanding of where the United States and Mexico meet. We are standing at the front door of one another’s country. This year look for an expansion on Planeta.com of regional coverage. If there is a way to arrange an old-school roadtrip or meetup, we are happy to oblige. There …

What are your plans for Earth Day?

Poster: Roofdog Earth Day (April 22) has proved extremely popular in the United States and around the world. Let us know your plans. Hashtag: #EarthDay Some history: Back in the early 1960s Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson introduced the idea of ‘Earth Day’ to then President John F Kennedy and has officially celebrated since 1972. 2021 Earth Day GamesLearn how …

Bears Ears National Monument

Photo: John Fowler Spotlight on Bears Ears National Monument Key Linksblm.gov/programs/national-conservation-lands/utah/bears-ears-national-monumentblm.gov/visit/bears-ears-national-monument Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/qKwbea4ygmSMXmzVA Responsible TravelResponsible travel (read Imagine Bears Ears as a responsible tourism model) has the potential of expanding livelihoods and conserving cultural and natural heritage in rural areas. That said, communication has often been lackluster. Visitors are told to stay away or nothing …

Santa María Atzompa

Photo: Ceramics The potters of Santa María de Atzompa produce the best-selling ceramics of the state of Oaxaca. This village of potters is one of the most popular destinations in Oaxaca’s Central Valley and visitors are encouraged to spend time at the family workshops as well as at the Mercado de Artesanias on the main …

Oak Flat, Arizona

Photo: Patrick Dockens, Landscape Spotlight on Oak Flat, Arizona, the Tonto National Forest, and Chich’il Bildagoteel, a culturally important site for local Apache.   Google Maps HeadlinesThis land is sacred to the Apache, and they are fighting to save it – Washington PostUSDA puts brakes on Oak Flat transfer – for now – Indian Country …

Nevada Reopens

Hashtags Due to the Coronavirus shutdown, Nevada issued a state at home order. Starting in June, the state has begun to reopen. Planeta.com is curating a wide collection of tweets (March-May and June-) documenting how the state and Las Vegas in particular respond to this new situation. Our rolling coverage is dived into the following …

Mesa Verde National Park

Photo: Shashank Jain Mesa Verde National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the 100th Dark Sky Park located in Montezuma County, Colorado. Key Linksnps.gov/meveFacebook Questions What would locals like visitors to know about Mesa Verde and nearby communities? Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/aPctWPmuiYCa195Q6 Notes It is the largest archaeological preserve in the United States. Mesa Verde …

Mexico USA Borderlands Links

Image: Biodiversity Heritage Library Links related to the borderlands that connect Mexico and the USA presented in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesIn photos: Life along the U.S.-Mexico borderBiden to nominate progressive Tucson police chief to lead border agencyCoyotes reveal their secrets on how they cross the U.S.-Mexico borderPerspective: The U.S. shut the border. We made …

Xochicalco

Photo: David Cabrera, Ball court Spotlight on Xochicalco Key Linksinah.gob.mx Google Maps Questions = Preguntas ​When our current pandemic ends and travel resumes, what suggestions are there for visiting the site and nearby communities in ways that benefit locals? = Cuando termina nuestra pandemia actual y se reanuda el viaje, ¿qué sugerencias hay para visitar …