A Year In The Parks: From Arches National Park To Theodore Roosevelt National Park

Living in the Rocky Mountains is a great asset when it comes to visiting national parks, for there are so many in just about any direction you head. The past year took me north and south through the region to a diverse collection parks, and I also ventured to Virginia to explore the National Park System.

National Geographic Maps Can Guide You To Canadian Rockies, Through The Four Corners Region

Need help planning a trip to either the Canadian Rockies or the Trail of the Ancients in the Southwest? National Geographic Maps can help you out.
Visit national parks of the Southwest and you’ll see remnants of an ancient society -- their well-placed cliff dwellings, smoke stains on rock overhangs, curious art works staring back at you from cliff walls.

Exploring The Parks: Canyon De Chelly National Monument

White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly NM, copyright Kurt Repanshek
As Perry Yazzie worked the Jeep's clutch to negotiate the dips in the track, the clutch complained loudly, gnashing its metal teeth in a sign of the many years the rig has hauled visitors into Canyon de Chelly.

Accidents Claim Lives Across The National Park System

Summer hasn't yet officially arrived, yet the number of visitors dying during visits to units of the National Park System is growing.

Near-Total Solar Eclipse Will Cut a Path Across Western National Parks in May

Sunday May 20, 2012 will offer a Celestial Super Bowl—a near-total solar eclipse—and parks in parts of the western U.S. will offer some prime viewing locations. If you want to make travel plans for special eclipse-related activities or purchase equipment for safe viewing, just don't wait too long to do so.

National Park Quiz 99: Native Americans

Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write 100 times on the whiteboard: "To show respect and avoid a geographical misnomer, many people now use the term Native American instead of Indian."

National Park Road Trip 2011: Canyon de Chelly National Monument and Thunderbird Lodge

After leaving Mesa Verde National Park, David and Kay Scott, on the road to update their guidebook, "The Complete Guide To the National Park Lodges," made a stop at Canyon de Chelly National Monument for a stay at the Thunderbird Lodge. It is one of their favorite destinations in the Southwest.

Winter Lodging Rates, History Make Visit To Canyon de Chelly National Monument Enticing

Here's another reason to consider a winter trip somewhere in the National Park System: At Canyon de Chelly National Monument, rates at the Thunderbird Lodge are down as much as 43 percent from summer highs.
Common Southwestern Native Plants: An Identification Guide Anyone who spends time hiking in the national parks of the Southwest needs a good plant identification book. And "Common Southwestern Native Plants, An Identification Guide," is one of those books.

Tamarisk, aka "Salt Cedar," A Thirsty Scourge Of Western National Parks

The showy tamarisk tree, aka "Saltcedar," long has been reviled as a thirsty scourge of Western national park riparian areas. But new research shows it's not any thirstier than some native species. However, tamarisk isn't valued as highly as cottonwoods and willows by some bird species, the studies say.

Researchers Exploring Cave Dwellers From Bandelier National Monument's Long Ago Past

The American Southwest is honeycombed with ruins from long-past civilizations. Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument are well-known for their cliff dwellings, while at Bandelier National Monument the sandstone walls are pocked with "cavates" used as shelter centuries ago.

Lodging Special Could Save You 13 Percent At Canyon de Chelly National Monument In April

Despite its spectacular setting and rich history, some still overlook Canyon de Chelly National Monument when considering a trip into the National Park System. During the month of April the operators of the Thunderbird Lodge hope discounted rates will entice you to visit.

Discounted Lodging Rates at Canyon De Chelly National Monument Make a Winter Trip Tempting

Trekking to Canyon de Chelly National Monument in winter offers a number of pluses -- a respite from high summer temperatures, no crowds, and lodging rates well below summer's high-season pricing.

The Hunt for Red (and Yellow) October. It's Officially Fall - Let the Quest for Color Begin!

McKittrick Canyon in the fall.
Fall is officially here in the northern hemisphere, and for many travelers that means getting outdoors to enjoy the weather—and some fall color. Most of us are familiar with areas that are justifiably famous for their annual display of red and yellow leaves, so here are a few suggestions for some lesser-known options.

Worth Considering: A Trip To Canyon de Chelly National Monument

If you're searching for a unique spot in the National Park System to visit, you might want to seriously consider Canyon de Chelly National Monument. Located in eastern Arizona, this monument provides a portal into the past when ancient civilizations lived in cliff dwellings and coaxed life out of a demanding landscape.

Why Stop At Golden Gate National Recreation Area? What Other NRAs, Monuments, Etc., Should Be Renamed?

What's in a name? That's a good question in light of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's unsolicited bid to turn Golden Gate National Recreation Area into a "national park."

Should Canyon de Chelly Be Given to the Navajo Nation?

It's an interesting coincidence that not long after the Traveler revisited the national park units that have been decommissioned that it's come to our attention that there are talks about turning Canyon de Chelly National Monument over to the Navajo Nation.