Visitors to Phantom Ranch and Bright Angel Campground at the bottom of the Grand Canyon probably noticed a flurry of activity this spring as a helicopter flew in a drilling rig and other large pieces of equipment.
Spruce Tree House is often the first cliff dwelling most visitors see when they arrive at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado. From the rim, people’s eyes begin to focus in on a sandstone alcove that shelters the superb architecture of the ancient dwelling.
The azure western bluebird and noisy red-breasted nuthatch are among the most common and beloved birds on the Colorado Plateau. But, will they and others still live here as the Southwest’s climate warms and dries? Our national parks may be a deciding factor.