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Southern Grand Circle Road Trip

April 12, 2012, 2:34 pm
by Phil Bencomo Encompassing much of southern New Mexico and western Texas, the Southern Grand Circle features some of the Southwest’s most spectacular scenery, all less than half a day’s drive from El Paso. With mild temperatures and flowering fauna, spring is the perfect season for a road trip through ...

Raptors of the West: Captured in Photographs

January 25, 2012, 12:53 pm
Raptors of the West: Exclusive Slideshow Get up close and personal with bald eagles, snowy owls, peregrine falcons and more in Raptors of the West, a stunning book of photographs by Rob Palmer, Nick Dunlop and Kate Davis. Raptors of the West includes 430 photos of birds of prey broken ...

Kayaking into the Great Unknown at Big Bend National Park

January 24, 2011, 10:59 am
f there's one thing you must remember about paddling your kayak in Big Bend National Park, it's to expect the unexpected. I had expected heat during the day, freezing nights, a few ripples and rough turns with plenty of dense cane thickets, and an utter lack of people. But I ...

Famed Big Bend border crossing reopening in 2012

January 10, 2011, 7:43 am
Beginning in April 2012, visitors to Big Bend National Park will once again be allowed to legally travel back and forth between the U.S and Mexico at the Boquillas crossing — once famous for its bi-national community, with tourists regularly traveling by boat across the Rio Grande for a ...

Oh, Ranger! Insider Tips: Part II

November 15, 2010, 10:00 am
As part our latest series, the team has put together a list of our favorite national park activities. Each month, we'll share a few of our most-loved adventures with you. In return, we hope YOU will do the same! Here is our second round of Oh, Ranger! Insider Tips. We ...

This Fall, Plan a National Park Winter Vacation

October 13, 2010, 1:21 pm
It may not seem like it now, but winter is just around the corner. Before you know it, you'll be itching to get away--and whether your dream destination is warm and sunny or a snowy wonderland, our national parks are some of the best winter getaway destinations in the ...

Big Bend National Park: An Emerald Isle in a Red Sea

February 9, 2010, 12:15 pm
"Half the pleasure of a visit to Big Bend National Park, as in certain other affairs, lies in the advance upon the object of our desire. Coming toward the park from the village of Lajitas deep in west Texas, we see this rampart of volcanic cliffs rising a mile ...

Park Palates: Achiote-Seared Chickpeas

February 9, 2010, 11:41 am
Get a taste of cowboy cuisine with this appetizer from Taylor Ranch in Marfa, Texas, near Big Bend National Park. We love this recipe, which not only incorporated an ingredient we never used before (annatto seeds), but also helped us discover a new neighborhood store with a fantastic selection of ...

Top 10 Places To Find Solitude

January 19, 2010, 11:29 am
Our nation’s National Park System offers some of the best outdoor recreation in the world. There are endless places, from Maine to California, Hawaii to Alaska, that you can hike, climb, camp, and see wild animals in their natural habitat. You visit the national parks to experience nature and ...

Top Ten Warm Winter Getaways

December 17, 2009, 10:38 am
Our national parks are home to beaches, deserts and subtropical wildernesses—all of which make great vacation destinations during the cold winter months. If you’re tired of all the snow and in search for an escape from your cold weather blues, check these Top 10 Warm Winter Getaways. 1. Death Valley ...

Feds to release endangered minnows in Big Bend

November 2, 2009, 7:43 am
Thousands of endangered Rio Grande silvery minnows reared at a national hatchery in New Mexico were being prepared Wednesday to be trucked to Texas, where the tiny fish will be released into the Rio Grande near Big Bend National Park. The release is part of a five-year experiment by the U.S. Fish ...

Special report: A wolverine returns

July 15, 2009, 8:19 am
Enos Mills likely never saw one, at least not in the national park he helped establish in 1915, and he traipsed all over the area.William H. Jackson, whose Colorado landscape images from the late 1800s and early 1900s number more than 20,000, lacks the image of a wolverine. In ...

Night Sky Lighting Partnership Improves Lighting at Big Bend National Park

July 7, 2009, 8:00 am
Big Bend National Park has recently completed the first phase of a partnership project to improve exterior lighting throughout the park. The first phase includes dramatic improvements to the exterior lighting at the Panther Junction Visitor Center and the Panther Junction Service Station. The work has been accomplished through grants ...

Scenic Big Bend Canyon is Easy Float for Rafters

March 6, 2009, 12:17 pm
Garry slipped his raft into the slender entrance to Santa Elena Canyon as easily as a key into a lock. Adana followed, and then Mike. Our three-raft flotilla had begun an overnight trip last October through the most spectacular and most accessible canyon on the Rio Grande.From headwaters high ...

The Last Frontier: Big Bend National Park

February 24, 2009, 9:39 am
There are few places I've visited that have struck my soul with such resonance as Big Bend National Park on the north side of the Rio Grande in extreme West ...