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Posted by Jay on March 8, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Hot Springs NP – Arkansas

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After the Louisiana Purchase in 1803 Americans began to travel to the hot springs of central Arkansas for their alleged healing qualities.

 

Modest hot spring huts were eventually replaced by ever grander bath houses. (more…)

Posted by Jay on March 3, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Big Bend – Texas

 


Big Bend is the biggest secret you’ve never heard about.

Located in western arm of Texas, the park borders Mexico along a 100 mile (160 km) arc in the Rio Grande, hence the name, Big Bend. (more…)

Posted by Jay on March 1, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Guadalupe Mountains – Texas

 


Formed out of a prehistoric saltwater reef, the peaks of Guadalupe Mountains National Park tower 5,000 feet (1,520 m) over the plains to the south. At 8,751 feet (2,667 m) tall, Guadalupe Peak stands out above the rest as the highest point in Texas.

 

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Posted by Jay on February 28, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Carlsbad Caverns NP – New Mexico

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Tucked away in the southeast corner of New Mexico, the immense limestone caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park offer a surreal experience 750 feet (229 m) below ground.

 

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Posted by Jay on February 25, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Saguaro NP – Arizona

 


Saguaro National Park is divided into two districts, one on either side of the city of Tucson. The West-Tucson Mountain District is smaller, lower in elevation, and contains far denser groves of saguaros. The East-Rincon Mountain District has fewer saguaros, more hiking options, and many backcountry campsites available.

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Posted by Jay on February 23, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Petrified Forest NP – Arizona

 


The area that ultimately became Petrified Forest National Park was originally protected by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906, who emphatically stated, “…the mineralized remains of Mesozoic forest […] are of the greatest scientific interest and value.”

 

These massive pieces of petrified wood, among the largest in the world, hinted at the profound nature of deep geological time. (more…)

Posted by Jay on February 21, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Joshua Tree NP – California

 


Located 130 miles (209 km) due east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park sets itself apart from the surrounding California desert with its iconic outcroppings of granite boulders and groves of spindly bearded Joshua trees.

 

The park is host to a variety of activities from birding, wildflower viewing, and stargazing, to more physically demanding sports such as mountain biking, backpacking, and rock climbing.


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Posted by Jay on February 3, 2016

National Park Cliff Notes: Haleakala NP – Hawaii

Posted by Jay on January 22, 2016

Status Report: January 22, 2016

This is a quick update on what I’ve been doing from the end of my trip up to now.

 

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Posted by Jay on January 11, 2016

Pinnacles National Park (NP #51), California

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Pinnacles National Park, California.

 

Promoted from its national monument status in January of 2013, Pinnacles National Park (map / wiki) became the 59th and most recently added national park in the system.

 

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