With giant cactuses and sleek jaguars, Arizona's Sonoran Desert has an edgy beauty tinged with danger
Botanical wonders abound in the wild Sonoran Desert of Organ Pipe National Monument and Saguaro National Park. Just mind the heat.
Unplugging at Point Reyes National Seashore, home to a famous lighthouse, pristine beaches and off-the-grid peace
Unplug at Point Reyes National Seashore, home to a famous lighthouse, pristine beaches, rocky headlands and off-the-grid peace.
More and more people are craving that Joshua Tree state of mind. Hikers, climbers and seekers of all sorts are converging on this park like never before.
Olympic National Park, part of a World Heritage site, shelters much wildlife, including bald eagles, brown bears and Roosevelt elk.
A visit to the Hanford Site of the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park gets one visitor thinking about the questions it raises.
Since 1916, the National Park Service has sought to protect both the wonders and the whys of America, from Yosemite to Manassas, Sand Creek to Selma. For that, one Californian is forever grateful.
Times readers tell of memories in national parks, including Sequoia, Zion, Yellowstone and Yosemite National parks, Mt. Rushmore and Bryce Canyon.
Walk in the footsteps of Billy the Kid and Apollo astronauts at this national monument in New Mexico
Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, near Las Cruces, N.M., has hiking and biking trails, grasslands, volcanic craters.
Head to Yellowstone National Park to see one of the most thrilling settings in North America, where beasts and geysers abound.
Mesa Verde National Park is full of ruins, trails and austere scenery, including the Long House and Step House on Wetherill Mesa, as well as Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, which tells how the Ancestral Puebloans (also known as Anasazi) lived and farmed on mesa tops for hundreds of years before moving to the cliff dwellings below, then moving on to New Mexico and Arizona in about 1300.
The four main islands of Channel Islands National Park are as close as 13 miles off Ventura County's coast, yet neither my husband, Michael, nor I had been
Joshua Tree and environs offer camping, hiking, unusual sites (the famed Integratron), hotels, restaurants, watering holes and spas, where you can take a well-deserved soak.
There is just one paved road in Capitol Reef National Park in southern Utah. It is an eight-mile scenic drive on which the only traffic jams are caused by an
After watching dawn break from the lip of the volcano, a brave writer joins other adventurers for the 27-mile whoosh down to the sea, hairpin turns, singing spokes and all.
Situated between Interstates 15 and 40, the preserve boasts solitude, Joshua tree forests, snow-dusted peaks and desert horizons, and it may be our best-kept secret.
After a five-hour haul up to Sequoia National Park with a tent and cooler stuffed for a weekend camping sojourn in big-tree country, you wouldn't dream of