Grand Canyon National Park

Photo: NPS/J. Baird, Prickly pear cactus with fruit along the Tonto Trail Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, …

Nevado de Toluca

Photo: Semarnat Nevado de Toluca is a large stratovolcano in central Mexico, located about 80 kilometers (50 miles) west of Mexico City near the city of Toluca. At 4,558 meters or 13,800 feet, it is the fourth highest of Mexico’s peaks, after Pico de Orizaba, Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. The mountain, named Xinantécatl, or ‘the naked …

Cumbres Del Ajusco

Photo: Joaquín Martínez, Con nubes Wikipedia: Ajusco is a 3,930 meter (12,894 feet) lava dome volcano located just south of Mexico City in the Tlalpan neighborhood. It is the highest point in the city. Ajusco is a Náhuatl word variously translated as “source of waters” or “watered grove”, and the Lerma River and Balsas River …

Exploring Mexico City’s Chapultepec Park

Photo: Cascarita It is easy to see the sharp contrast between the greenery of Chapultepec Park and the surrounding gray megalopolis. This is one of the most impressive city parks in the world. Google Mapsgoo.gl/maps/UVc5BYTkcM3bfXKG7 El Foco Green SpacesLong before urban sprawl crept to the borders, the park was a refuge of the kings of …

Celestún Biosphere Reserve

Photo: Xixim, Flamingos Mexico – Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism (cuna del ecoturismo). A bit of tourism history – in 1983 this place inspired Hector Ceballos-Lascurain to coin the e-word. The economy thrives on the fishing and tourism, …

Joshua Tree National Park

Photo: NPS / Alessandra Puig-Santana, Comet Neowise Joshua Tree National Park Key LinksJoshua Tree National [email protected] Mountain Weather Station webcamFacebookTwitterYouTubeFlickrInstagram Google Maps Recommended ListeningDesert Oracle Radio hosted by Ken Layne by Ken Laynedesertoracle.com Visitor NumbersJoshua Tree National Park had a record 2.8 million visitors in 2018. During Thanksgiving weekend of 2018 the park received more …

Nitmiluk National Park

Photo: Andrew Purdam, 17 Mile Falls Nitmiluk National Park is in Australia’s Northern Territory, 244 kilometers southeast of Darwin, around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls. Around 270,000 people visit Nitmiluk National Park each year and the tourism sector is a major employer of Jawoyn people, who are custodians of …

Rapa Nui = Easter Island

Photo: MMAChile Spotlight on Chile’s Rapa Nui (Easter Island) Recommended Listeninghttp://www.radiolab.org/story/what-happened-easter-island-new-even-scarier-scenario The Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de la Aldea Ceremonial de Orongo, is a new visitor center located at the entrance to the Orongo Ceremonial Village, one of the most significant archaeological sites in Rapa Nui National Park and the most visited place on …

Joshua Tree Links

Photo: Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center Links related to Joshua Tree National Park presented in somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesLloyd Wright Jr. work abundant in Joshua Tree – @denisegoolsbyThe Ultimate Joshua Tree National Park Travel Guide – Thrillist – @delightedbiteHow a South Pasadena matron used her wits and wealth to create Joshua Tree National ParkCamping …

Zion National Park Links

Photo Links related to Zion National Park HeadlinesDiane Regas: You’ll never see another ‘No trespassing’ sign on the Zion Narrows trail. Here’s why that matters – @sltrib @DianeRegas @tpl_orgHusband-wife team building tiny home oasis near Zion National ParkPopular Zion National Park Trails Closed Indefinitely After Rockslide – KUERExplore: Scenic access to ancient rock writing; Santa …