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.

 

Aztec Ruins

Badlands National Park

South Dakota

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.

Badlands National Park

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.

Bandelier National Monument

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.

 Bighorn Canyon

Bryce Canyon

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.

Bryce Canyon

Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona

 Anasazi Ruins.

One of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the Southwest,  scientists believe it has been lived in uninterrupted, for nearly 5000 years.

Canyon de Chelly

Capitol Reef

National Park 

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.

Capitol Reef

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.

Craters of the Moon

Devils Tower

National 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.

Devils 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.

Dinosaur Natural Monument

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.

El Morro

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.

Glacier National Park

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. 

Grand Teton National Park

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.

Great Smoky Mountains

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.

Monument Valley

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.

Mount Rainier

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.

Natural Bridges

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.

Olympic National Park

Petrified Forest National Park 

Arizona 

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.

 

Petrified Forest and Painted Desert

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.

Rocky Mountain National Park

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.

Theodore Roosevelt

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.

Valles Caldera

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.

White Sands

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.

Yellowstone National Park

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.

Zion National Park