Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

Photo: Justina Thorsen, Snow-covered Organ Mountains Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument (New Mexico) is home to diverse recreation opportunities including excellent hiking trails. Hikers can enjoy expansive mountain views, unique geologic features, rock art, seasonal springs, Chihuahuan Desert flora and fauna, wildlife, historic sites and much more on the many miles of trail within …

Olympic National Park

Photo: Ken Lund, Lake Crescent Olympic National Park is located in the state of Washington, on the Olympic Peninsula. The park has four basic regions: the Pacific coastline, alpine areas, the west side temperate rainforest and the forests of the drier east side. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Mount Olympus National Monument on March …

Sensory Garden

Buzzwords Sensory Garden = Self-contained garden area that allows visitors to enjoy a wide variety of sensory experiences Elsewhere on the Webhttps://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/gardens/create-a-sensory-gardenhttps://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/accessible/sensory-garden-ideas.htm Photos WikipediaSensory garden Planeta.com

Grand Circle Travel in the Southwest USA

Photo: Ron Mader, Downtown Las Vegas Mural The Grand Circle is a 1,400-mile loop encompassing parts of the southwestern USA — Arizona, Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, and Colorado. Google Maps The route connects eight national parks – Grand Canyon, Petrified Forest, Zion, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Arches and Mesa Verde – and national monuments, …

National Monument

Bingo: National Monument In the USA, a national monument is a section of public land set aside for its natural, historical, or cultural value. National monuments range from structures to oceans to large tracts of land. Some HistoryThe Antiquities Act was established in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt and has been used more than a hundred times since …

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Photo: Chaco Canyon National Historical Park, Aerial View Located in northwestern New Mexico, Chaco Culture National Historical Park became part of the US national park system (as a national monument) in 1907 and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. Elevation: 6,200 feet (1,890 meters) Key Linksnps.gov/[email protected] Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/KnSwQWKMYFr7Radx6 The Chaco Culture National Historic …

Galápagos

Photo: Peter Szekely, Aves Spotlight on the Galápagos Islands Google Maps Background The 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species made the Galapagos famous. A century later in 1959, Ecuador declared 97 percent of the Galapagos islands a national park. In 1979 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designad the …

Appalachian Trail

Photo: Jimmy Emerson Wikipedia: The Appalachian National Scenic Trail, generally known as the Appalachian Trail or simply the A.T., is a marked hiking trail in the Eastern United States extending between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine. The trail is about 2,200 miles (3,500 km) long, though the exact length changes over …

New River Gorge

Photo: National Park Service West Virginia – New national park: New River Gorge This weekend: Spring Photography Workshop at Twin Falls. Workshop instructors: professional photographers Steve Shaluta, Steve Rotsch, and park superintendent Scott Durham Key [email protected] Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/jNaMcYvDTNpiEYHm9 CelebrationsSpring Nature Fling (previously called Wildflower Weekend) HeadlinesAmerica has a new national park but not all the …

Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Photo Las Vegas is part of a vast and varied network of parks and protected areas ranging from city parks to wildlife refuges. One of the gems is 30 miles to the northwest. Desert National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) includes more than 1.5 million acres of the Mojave Desert in southern Nevada and is the largest …