Capulin Volcano National Monument

Capulin Volcano National Monument

Designated by President Woodrow Wilson as a national monument in 1916 and rising 8,182 feet above sea level, the imposing green mountainsides of Capulin Volcano stand as a reminder of the violent volcanic processes that shaped New Mexico tens of…

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Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

Palo Duro Canyon State Park in Texas

When it comes to one of the best-kept secrets of the Lone Star State, Palo Duro Canyon State Park, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” ranks pretty high. Comprising 29,182 acres of orange canyons, buttes, and spires, the park…

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Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Paint Mines Interpretive Park

Purple, pink, yellow, and orange pastels coat brittle walls of clay inside a fantastic labyrinth of white-capped hoodoos. A small weasel tiptoes from a dark crevice and into plain sight, sizing you up before scampering back into its lair without…

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Visiting Devils Postpile National Monument

Visiting Devils Postpile National Monument

Once a part of Yosemite National Park, Devils Postpile National Monument contains one of the most unusual rock formations in the country. A mix of vertical and horizontally warped hexagonal columns stand exposed along a ribbed cliffside. The columns—a product…

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The Majestic Waterfalls of Havasupai

The Majestic Waterfalls of Havasupai

Bright turquoise waters stream through red sandstone cliffs and pour over grand cascades at the Waterfalls of Havasupai, one of the best-kept secrets of the Grand Canyon. Originally only three falls existed here, but in 2008 a flash flood redirected…

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Bandelier National Monument

Bandelier National Monument

Your palms sweat as you scoot across a narrow ledge carved into the side of a sheer cliff. Clenching a wooden railing, you look up and see there’s yet another ladder made of timber to climb. Normally you wouldn’t be…

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Independence Rock State Historic Site in Wyoming

Independence Rock State Historic Site in Wyoming

Once one of the most important landmarks for early settlers traveling along the Oregon, Mormon, and California Trails, Independence Rock is a massive granite rock rising 130 feet high, 1,900 feet long, and spanning over a mile in circumference. Originating…

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Top 10 California State Parks to Visit in 2015

Top 10 California State Parks to Visit in 2015

California is full of a diverse range of stunning landscapes that make up the state park system. From beaches and ancient forests to mountains and lakes, there’s tons to explore in California. Here’s a look at 10 of the top…

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Cedar Breaks National Monument

Cedar Breaks National Monument

An assemblage of orange and white canyons, spires, and columns, contrasted with heavily forested ridgelines form a natural amphitheater that spans nearly three miles wide and ascends depths of more than two thousand feet at Cedar Breaks, near the west…

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Magnificent red rock cliffs overlook wide canyons where rivers of trees run along the ground in beautiful green clusters, and mysterious ruins stand tucked into alcoves at the base of rock faces. Two excellent scenic drives take you along the…

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