National Park Service

NPS file photo

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.


Earth Notes: The Audubon National Parks Bird Report

May 16, 2018
Camilla Cerea/Audubon

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.


Bonnie Stevens

The water we drink when we’re at Grand Canyon National Park comes from a deep aquifer that channels it through a series of caves and sink holes inside the canyon walls.


Earth Notes: Hanging Gardens

Apr 11, 2018
NPS/Pete Sawtell

Hidden within the ocher and vermilion canyons of the Colorado Plateau are lush green edens called hanging gardens. They harbor some of the region’s rarest plants and flowers that exist only in the special zone where water emerges from stone. 

Andrew Harnik/AP Photo

The Interior Department is backing down from a plan to impose steep fee increases at popular national parks in the face of widespread opposition from elected officials and the public.

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