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Seeking Solitude at Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is located in east-central Nevada and is one of our country’s least-known and least-visited parks. Back in 2013 my wife, her friend and I drove a few hours north of Las Vegas to get a taste of what this remote … Continue reading

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Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Of all the caves administered by the National Park Service, a visit to Timpanogos Cave National Monument requires a bit more effort than most. Located in American Fork Canyon southeast of Salt Lake City, Utah, this particular cave happens to be … Continue reading

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Lava Beds National Monument

Located within the Cascade Range in northeast California, Lava Beds National Monument preserves over 72 square miles (186 square km) of cinder cones, lava flows, and the largest collection of lava tube caves to be found in North America. These remarkable features … Continue reading

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Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve

Hidden within the remote Siskiyou Mountains of southwest Oregon are a number of unique and interesting marble caves. The most impressive of these was discovered in 1874, and in 1909 its superlative value earned it a designation as Oregon Caves National … Continue reading

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2015 Countdown: 20 Favorite Landscape Photos

In the long and proud tradition of year-end countdowns, I thought I’d mark the end of 2015 with one of my own. This series is “20 Favorite Landscape Photos.” Out of all the scenery I managed to photograph this year, I like these shots the … Continue reading

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The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them) Part 2

Last week I presented “The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them).” I later realized that most people focus on the “most” or “least” of something, and that often leaves out the “next most” … Continue reading

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The Least-Visited National Parks in America’s Lower 48 (and why you should visit them) Part 1

Although the United States has over 400 locations administered by the National Park Service, there are only 59 that are official “national parks.” Of these 47 are located in the lower 48 states and are relatively accessible. Most people know … Continue reading

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Wind Cave National Park

On the surface Wind Cave National Park looks a lot like the surrounding areas of South Dakota. Rolling hills and plains blanket a landscape filled with various plants and wildlife, but the real treasure of this park lies beneath the surface. With over … Continue reading

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Great Basin National Park

Located in east-central Nevada, Great Basin National Park provides an excellent example of the disparity that exists amid the southwestern US basin and range province. Beginning in the tiny town of Baker in the eastern basin, the road into the park ascends … Continue reading

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Carlsbad Caverns National Park

Back in 2008 I went on a college geology trip to the American southwest, and our first stop was at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. This park is located in southeast New Mexico along the northeast edge of the Guadalupe Mountains. … Continue reading

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore: Lakeshore Trail

While on our way to Voyageurs National Park earlier this week, my wife and I made a half-day stop at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. This park encompasses 21 islands and twelve miles of mainland coast on the Lake Superior shore … Continue reading

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Above and Below Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park is situated in an area of west-central Kentucky famous for its textbook karst topography. This landscape is characterized by sinkholes, springs, rivers that disappear below ground, and extensive caves. The formation of these features requires a … Continue reading

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Moment of Zen: Waterfalls at Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

There must be at least a dozen waterfalls in Hocking Hills State Park, located southwest of Logan, Ohio. Here are three of them. The first is at Ash Cave, the second is a minor one near Cedar Falls, and the … Continue reading

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The Geology of Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park, located southwest of Logan, Ohio, offers some of the most beautiful geology in the state.  The geologic features in the park are all thanks to the weathering of the Black Hand Sandstone, part of the Cuyahoga … Continue reading

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