National Parks and Monuments
The purpose of our National Parks is designed to preserve the ecological and historical integrity of places and to make these places available and accessible for public use and personal enjoyment. The diversity of our National Parks and Monuments is almost beyond our comprehension.
Aztec Ruins National Monument, New Mexico
Exploring the Past
The Aztec Ruins are located in the Northwest corner of New Mexico near Farmington. An excellent example of Anasazi Architecture, this is a large historical site which has multiple Kivas within the grounds.
Badlands National Park
244,000 acres of striking geological formations and mixed-grass prairie
This expansive area of striking geologic formations contain one of the world’s richest fossil beds. Ancient mammals such as the horse, rhino and saber-tooth cat once roamed here.
Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico
Territory of the Ancestral Puebloans
Come visit Ancient dwellings carved into soft sandstone cliffs in Frijoles Canyon. See Petroglyphs and pictographs along the many trails.
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Wyoming
The Canyon and Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range
This spectacular Canyon is carved by the Bighorn River. The Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range is just to the West of the Canyon. Wild horses are often seen as well as Bighorn Sheep.
National Park, Utah
Views of the Hoodoos.
The view from the overlooks are spectacular and the trails lead down through the hoodoos. An inspiring location.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona
One of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the Southwest, scientists believe it has been lived in uninterrupted, for nearly 5000 years.
What is a Waterpocket Fold?
Capitol Reef is a nearly 100 mile long wrinkle in the earth’s crust. It has formed many unique and beautiful geologic formations.
Craters of the Moon National Monument, Idaho
Three major lava fields covers 400 square miles
In the Monument there are more than 25 volcanic cones, including outstanding examples of splatter cones. There are 60 distinct solidified lava flows and lava tubes in the Monument.
A huge monolith protruding out of the prairie
An astounding geologic monolith rises above the surrounding grasslands and Ponderosa pine forest. In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt established the Devils Tower as the first National Monument. It rises 867 feet above the base. It is a haven for climbers who come here from all over the world to climb this Tower.
Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado
Dinosaur Fossil Beds
There are over 1,500 dinosaur fossils exposed on the cliff face inside the Quarry Exhibit Hall. There are petroglyphs, hiking trails, historic cabins, wildlife and wildflowers to discover.
El Morro National Monument, New Mexico
A reliable waterhole in a dusty desert
A hidden waterhole at the base of a sandstone bluff made El Morro a major stopover on an ancient East-West trail. Ancestral Puebloans, Spanish explorers and American travelers carved over 2,000 signatures, dates, messages, and petroglyphs here.
Glacier National Park, Montana
Going to the Sun road offers spectacular views
Glacier National Park is 1,583 square miles of spectacular scenery. With over 700 miles of hiking trails, from Trail of the Cedars to overnight backpacking hikes.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
Spectacular views from Jackson Hole
Mount Moran is a landmark from the Snake River and Jackson Lake. Float trips on the Snake River, over 200 miles of hiking trails and wildlife such as American Bison, Moose, Elk, and Mule Deer are some of the things to see and do.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Clingmans Dome, Mount Le Conte, Chimney Tops
Black Bears and Wildflowers are two major attractions. The drive through Cades Cove is awesome for wildlife viewing, historic buildings and Mountain scenery.
Monument Valley National Park, Arizona
Red-sand desert region with towering Sandstone Buttes
A 17 mile drive through the Valley offers spectacular scenery. Many Western Movies have been filmed here.
Mount Rainier National Park, Washington
Ascending to 14,410 ft, Mt Rainier stands as an icon
Mount Rainier is an active volcano. It is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A. It spawns five major rivers. Sub-alpine wildflowers ring the icy volcano. Ancient forest cloak the lower slopes.
Natural Bridges National Park, Utah
Three Natural Bridges beckon to be explored
Along with the hiking trails to the Anasazi (Horse Collar) ruins and the three Natural Bridges, this was the first International Dark Sky Park certified in 2007 by the International Dark-Sky Association.
Olympic National Park, Washington
Diversity is the hallmark of Olympic National Park
From the temperate Rain Forest along the Pacific Coastline to Snow-capped peak of 7,980 ft Mount Olympus, this Park is diverse. There are several distinctly different ecosystems within the Park.
Petrified Forest National Park
Petrified Wood and the Painted Desert
This magnificent area is full of colorful petrified wood, the petroglyphs at Newspaper Rock and over 225 square miles of awesome colorful desert formations. Along with the beautiful scenic desert area is the ruins of Puerco Pueblo.
Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado
415 square miles of spectacular mountains
The Trail Ridge Road crests at over 12,000 feet with many overlooks to experience the sub-alpine and alpine worlds. Over 300 miles of hiking trails, wildflowers and wildlife provide awesome scenery.
Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota
Where the Great Plains meet the rugged Badlands
This is great habitat for Bison, Elk, White-tail and Mule Deer, Prairie Dogs to name a few of the animals found here. Cedar waxwings, Wild Turkeys and Golden Eagles thrive here.
Valles Caldera National Preserve, New Mexico
The Caldera of an ancient volcano
This Preserve is the Caldera of an ancient supervolcano. There are hiking trails to observe wildflowers and wildlife, historic cabins and prehistoric sites.
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico
Dramatic landscapes of rare white gypsum
Hiking trails through the dunes offer spectacular views of the white gypsum sand dunes. The tracks of insects, small reptiles, small animals and birds are everywhere. Although the area looks lifeless, it is full of life.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Yellowstone is known for it’s geysers
Yellowstone National Park sits atop a ‘volcanic hot spot’. It is known for it’s many geysers, including it’s most famous, Old Faithful. Along with the geysers, are many hiking trails and the area is home to hundreds of animal species, including bears, wolves, bison, elk and antelope.
Zion National Park
Sandstone Cliffs and Virgin River Narrows
Zion National Park has spectacular scenery in two distinct areas, one is the Virgin River Valley, the other the East side of the Park with the Checkerboard Mesa. The views in both areas are awesome.