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Destination Darkness: The Increasingly Rare Starscapes of the Colorado Plateau National Parks

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By Cory MacNulty, Program Manager, Southwest Regional Office The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to [...]

Posted on: April 21 2014
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Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing

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By Charles Flynn, Executive Director, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 [...]

Posted on: March 27 2014
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Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Stories Behind the “Cursed” Thieves of Petrified Forest

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By Rona Marech, Associate Editor, Communications In 1980, an anonymous writer sent some stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park along with a detailed, guilt-washed letter. After her husband had nabbed the pieces while on a summer vacation, they had been haunted by bad luck, she wrote. Her stepmother had kidney failure, their central air and freezer died, their [...]

Posted on: March 19 2014
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9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine

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Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered to your inbox each month, [...]

Posted on: February 7 2014
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Making Connections in Utah: Supporting Gateway Communities and National Parks

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By Zachary Bolick, Utah Community Coordinator Does Mother Nature play favorites? Because I think she has a sweet spot for Utah. Its towering red cliffs, ornate stone formations, and harrowing canyons, all meticulously fashioned by the forces of nature, leave an impression on visitors that can last a lifetime. Deep mysterious caves, expansive landscapes, and even ancient cultural artifacts can [...]

Posted on: January 7 2014
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