Are you ready to celebrate National Park Week 2019, starting next Saturday, April 20th?
Before you hit the trails for some off-road fun this summer, make sure you have the right gear.
Coronado National Memorial commemorates the expedition of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado in 1540, as he sought to find the mystical Seven Cities of Gold.
Last year, when we set out on our quest to visit all the National Park Units, there were 417 units. And then, just before we reach our first stop, Carlsbad Caverns National Park in October 2018, that grew to 418. Now it's 419.
Named after the band of Native American Indians, Chiricahua National Monument in southeastern Arizona may not have made your shortlist of must-visit National Park Units. But after spending several days exploring it in December, let me tell you why we think this is a hidden gem of the National Park System.
In July 1862, Brigadier General James Henry Carleton was leading his regiment from California to New Mexico. As they passed through the Apache Pass in Arizona, they were ambushed by a band of Apaches in what became known as the Battle of Apache Pass. With tensions already high after the Apache raid on the ranch of John Ward the year before, the 5th California Infantry were ordered to build a fort which they named after their colonel, George Washington Bowie. This was the first of two forts that were built at Fort Bowie.
45 miles north of Silver City in south-eastern New Mexico, at 6,000ft in the Gila Wilderness, the Mogollon people built dwellings high up in the cliffs. They only lived here for around 20 years, but their legacy lives on and the caves are now protected within the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.
Spanning 275 square miles in southern New Mexico, the brilliant white dunes at White Sands National Monument are a sight to behold. But they’re also remarkably young - these dunes started forming just 12,000 years ago! We spent 6 days exploring to see what other secrets White Sands might be hiding.
For millennia, the Rio Grande river has meandered through El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, supporting thousands of people who lived by its shores. But its role in defining the boundary between the US and Mexico was the cause of a centuries-long border dispute. We visited Chamizal National Memorial in El Paso to learn more about how this dispute arose, and its largely peaceful resolution.
Built from a magnificent Permian fossil reef, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park hosts the 4 highest peaks in Texas and offers incredible hiking opportunities. Amongst the intrigues of the park are its unusual timezone, giant gypsum sand dunes and McKittrick Canyon - said to be the most beautiful trail in Texas. Intrigued? So were we - read on to learn more!
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