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Tag: National Parks, Monuments and Seashores

Biden to Restore Three National Monuments in Utah and New England

Biden to Restore Three National Monuments in Utah and New England

Technology
Bears Ears is named for a pair of towering buttes that dominate much of the landscape of southeast Utah, and it is the site of ancient Native cliff dwellings and sacred burial grounds. It is the ancestral homeland of five tribal nations — the Navajo Nation, Hopi Tribe, Ute Indian Tribe, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Pueblo of Zuni.Conservation groups welcomed the news. “Thank you, President Biden — you have listened to Indigenous tribes and the American people and ensured these landscapes will be protected for generations to come,” said Jennifer Rokala, director of the Center for Western Priorities, an advocacy organization. “The cultural and paleontological resources within the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase landscapes are too important to leave at risk.”Ms. Haaland, the country’s first Nati...

8 Places to Visit Along Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway

Travel
With its sweeping vistas and meandering nature, the Blue Ridge Parkway is a scenic delight year-round. But fall is the most celebrated season on the Appalachian Mountain road, when the winding two-lane boulevard is a spectacle with the golden glow of leaves and cool mountain mist. And as we continue to worry about the spread of the coronavirus, a road trip with fresh air and panoramic views lends itself nicely to traveling.Constructed in segments from 1935 — part of Roosevelt’s New Deal — through 1987, the 469-mile parkway connects Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park to North Carolina’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park and is our country’s longest linear park. It can take a week to drive if you want to loll and linger, making many stops along the way.A shorter, 177-mile stretch, from th...
The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

The Tetons’ Ever-Changing Beauty: A 45 Mile Hike Through the Wyoming Range

Travel
When I arrived at my first campsite in Wyoming’s Teton Range, some 17 miles from the trailhead, I fully expected to collapse into my sleeping bag. My feet ached, my shoulders were cramping from the weight of my pack and, despite having spent much of the day hiking above 9,000 feet, I had yet to fully adjust to the altitude. I quickly set up my tent, pried my boots off and climbed inside.Instead of nodding off, though, I glanced out through the mesh screen and found myself entranced by the view: Framed in the distance — as if perfectly arranged in a picture window — was the imposing peak of Grand Teton, towering above the surrounding spires.So began what felt like a nightlong play in five acts, with the Tetons occupying center stage: the clarity of early evening, the dusky glow of sunset, t...
Woman Sentenced to 7 Days in Jail for Walking in Yellowstone’s Thermal Area

Woman Sentenced to 7 Days in Jail for Walking in Yellowstone’s Thermal Area

Travel
A Connecticut woman was sentenced to seven days in jail for walking on the thermal grounds at Yellowstone National Park, an act the authorities described as extremely dangerous.The woman, Madeline Casey, 26, was sentenced on Aug. 18, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming. She was charged with traveling in the thermal areas and disorderly conduct, according to court records.Ms. Casey and two others with her, who were not identified in the statement, made their way to a thermal pool and geyser at Norris Geyser Basin, one of the largest thermal areas at Yellowstone, after they left the marked boardwalk during a visit last month, the authorities said.Worried onlookers took photos and videos of the three people as they walked over the thermal groun...
Where Dark Skies Draw Star-Gazers, Wildfire Smoke Spoils the View

Where Dark Skies Draw Star-Gazers, Wildfire Smoke Spoils the View

Technology
On Friday, a cold front is likely to push some of the smoke out of the Rockies, providing a window of clear viewing. But with major fires still burning on the West Coast, forecasters say the clarity may not last long.For many visitors to the West’s dark-sky parks, the promise of diamond-glittered skies are a key attraction. On Thursday night, as Mr. Bohley, the ranger, prepared for the evening astronomy talk, a man from Philadelphia stopped by to say that he had timed his vacation especially to be in a dark-sky park at the peak of the Perseid shower, and asked the ranger if it was OK to stay out all night on the dunes, watching.“Oh, yeah, we should see plenty tonight,” Mr. Bohley replied. “It looks like we’re finally catching a break.”A stiff East wind swept down over the mountains just af...
In Michigan, a Park Made of Water

In Michigan, a Park Made of Water

Travel
A buoy floats in an otherwise empty Lake Huron bay, a little button in the water, only a 10-minute paddle from the beach.Below it, resting on the bottom in 18 feet of water, lies the remains of the L.M. Mason, a 125-foot wooden schooner caught by a vicious storm on Oct. 22, 1861. Carrying a load of grain, the schooner huddled in this bay off northeast Michigan’s Presque Isle peninsula along with 13 other ships to escape the winds, waves and snow. The other ships survived, but the L.M. Mason was too badly damaged and sank.Because of its shallow resting place and exposure to the wild storms that buffet this section of Lake Huron — called Shipwreck Alley — only the hull and some supporting beams are left. But the fact that it is 160 years old and still so relatively well-preserved is testamen...
How Crowded Are America’s National Parks? See for Yourself.

How Crowded Are America’s National Parks? See for Yourself.

Travel
Largely freed from domestic travel restrictions, Americans have been flocking to national parks in record numbers this spring and summer. Several parks — including Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park — have already set monthly visitation records. Many sites are gearing up for their busiest years in history.And so, in place of serenity, many visitors have instead found packed parking lots, congested trailheads, overrun campsites and interminable lines.Hikers at Zion National Park, in Utah, have faced wait times of four hours to access certain trails. Visitors to Arches National Park, in the same state, are being turned away at the gate — “The park is currently full,” the Parks Service’s Twitter feed routinely announces — and asked to return at a later time.To capture the...
Touring Alaska in an R.V.

Touring Alaska in an R.V.

Travel
The land yacht surged and swayed over frost heaves at 65 m.p.h., each bump nudging the seemingly physics-defying craft as it hurtled down the highway. The engine purred its way up and down topographic reliefs and, with little hesitation, roared to life to climb the steeper passes.Despite the motor home’s sedate and boxy exterior, the refinements of design and automotive engineering somehow manage to coalesce around a single idea: What if I could drive my house from my couch?Rounding the next bend, I was greeted with yet another mountainous vista in a seemingly endless chain of snow-capped peaks that line the Glenn Highway, which runs from Anchorage to Glennallen, and the Richardson Highway, which stretches from Valdez in the south to Fairbanks in the north.I gazed out the window at the lat...
Driving the States of Maine

Driving the States of Maine

LifeStyle
For such an iconic and well-traveled thoroughfare, U.S. 1 is surprisingly unknowable. Various sites and sources disagree on when it was established and how long it runs, and pretty much everything except that it passes through 14 states on its way from Key West, Fla., to Fort Kent, Maine. In most of those it offers less variety than you might crave; even Florida is pretty much Florida all the way through.But if you can hang in there and make it all the way to Maine, you will find, spread out along almost 530 miles, a perpetually evolving panorama. By the time you get to the very end of Maine’s Route 1 (as it is called there), you are sure to feel as though you are no longer in the same state as you were when you first crossed the Piscataqua River from New Hampshire. Perhaps not even the sa...
Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Deb Haaland Wants to Restore National Monuments Slashed by Trump

Technology, World
WASHINGTON — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland has advised President Biden to restore sweeping environmental protections to three major national monuments that had been stripped away by former President Donald J. Trump.In a report sent to the White House earlier this month that has not been made public, Ms. Haaland recommended that Mr. Biden reinstate the original boundaries, which included millions of acres at Bears Ears National Monument and Grand Staircase-Escalante, two rugged and pristine expanses in Utah defined by red rock canyons, rich wildlife and archaeological treasures.A spokeswoman for Gov. Spencer J. Cox of Utah confirmed Monday that Ms. Haaland had made the recommendations.Mr. Trump had sharply reduced the size of both national monuments at the urging of ranchers and many Repub...