National Parks

Another National Moument. So What—and Why Visit?

I've read about the country's newest national monument, the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks in New Mexico. What should I bring when I go there: my mountain bike, hiking boots, or climbing shoes?

The Best National Parks Without Waiting Lines

Everyone has heard of the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Yosemite—and for good reason. These national parks are American treasures. But their red ravines, spewing geysers and endless valleys attract countless visitors, especially come summer. If you want a dose of natural beauty sans crazy crowds, you might want to plan a trip to one of these beautiful but somewhat lesser known national parks.

How to Save Our National Parks

National parks are America's greatest recreational asset. Now an overdue movement will make them even better.

A Nightscape You Have to See to Believe

I stopped at Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, Utah, on my way from Ohio to California. Because there are so many images of this famous landmark—most of which are taken at the same angle—I...

Yosemite's Best Spring Hikes

Yosemite National Park offers arguably the most scenic hiking in the country. The only challenge? Picking which trail to hike.

The Best Places to Camp in the Grand Canyon

Visitors flock to Grand Canyon National Park, for awe-inspiring views. If a quick peeping trip isn’t enough, here are a few places to camp on the South and North Rims...

National Parks, Refreshed

There are better ways to see our national parks than staring at Old Faithful or crawling in Yosemite's traffic.