Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Clear, shallow water at the Gunnison River at Black Canyon

Encompasses a deep, narrow gorge 15 miles east of Montrose, this natural area in western Colorado is called the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Its hugeness is overwhelming but still intimate enough to feel the pulse of time, Black Canyon of the Gunnison is home to some of the oldest … Read more

Capitol Reef National Park

Cassidy Arch stretches along the crimson sandstone rocks in Capitol Reef, Utah

A Waterpocket Fold is a geologic landform characterized by a monocline or a “step-up” in the rock layers. The term water pocket is used to define basins formed when sandstone layers are eroded by water. These basins occur mostly in folds. The tilted rock layers’ continued erosion gives rise to deep canyons, … Read more

Zion National Park

Restored photo of a small ranch near Zion Canyon (circa 1910s)

Canyons are deep, narrow valleys associated with cliffs on their sides. They are formed through thousands of years of water flow, weathering, erosion, and tectonic activities. The most famous familiar types of canyons are the river canyon. River canyons are caused by the water pressure that cuts a deep and narrow channel … Read more

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

Small tarn in a hidden valley in the Itkillik Preserve

This is a large, remote wilderness area in northern Alaska in the U.S. It is part of a vast region of national parks, monuments, and preserves. The park is situated entirely north of the Arctic Circle that stretches for hundreds of miles from west to east. Covering about 8,472,506 acres, the park … Read more

Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Carlsbad Cavern National Park entrance

Caves Situated in the Guadalupe Mountains of southeastern New Mexico, the park’s primary attraction is the show cave, Carlsbad Cavern. Carlsbad Caverns is one of the oldest and most famous cave systems in the world. The caverns contain several vast underground chambers, up to 250 feet high, filled with amazing formations of … Read more

Death Valley National Park

Colorful mountains of the Death Valley National Park

It may have a haunting name and a stark appearance, but the valley is a very much alive desert set between high, snow-capped mountains. The name is totally in contrast with the vibrancy of Death Valley. It captures many guests for the life mysteries sustained in this arid and isolated landscape. This … Read more

Grand Canyon National Park

A view of the Grand Canyon with a Rainbow from Hopi Point

“There will never be a photograph of the Grand Canyon that can adequately describe its depth, breadth, and true beauty.” This is a quote from Stefanie Payne, author of the book “A Year in the National Parks: The Greatest American Road Trip,” navigated around all of America’s 59 national parks with National … Read more

Great Basin National Park

overview of the great basin national park Nevada sky

Famous for its rugged mountain peaks to vast underground caverns, and groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the Great Basin National Park is located at White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. The Park covers 77, 100 acres that seem to be barren yet is home to various flora and … Read more