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