Sunday, April 30, 2017

National Lands: Arizona (Part 1)

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Sometimes visitors have a hard time comprehending the immensity of Grand Canyon National Park. The view is overwhelming and breathtaking. The park is located in the northwest corner of Arizona to the northwest of Flagstaff. Interstate 40 runs to the south. A myriad of activities is available at the park. Visitors can hike the trails or ride a mule into the canyon. Whitewater rafting is available on the river. The Petrified Forest National Park is located on Interstate 40 in the northeast section of the state. The park also includes the Painted Desert. This is a park that can be easily seen from the car, but trails are available in addition to backcountry hiking opportunities. Saguaro National Park has two sections in Tucson. One is to the east of the city and one is to the west. The admission is good for both parks, but the travel time between them can vary from 30-45 minutes. The park is famous for the Saguaro Cactus.  The Coronado National Memorial is located southeast of Tucson on the Mexican border. Nogales and Interstate 19 are to the west. The Coronado Cave is available for exploring. Fort Bowie National Historic Site, which is located in the southeastern corner of the state, is to the east of Benson and Wilcox and south of Interstate 10 and Bowie near the New Mexico state line.

Horseshoe Bend, Arizona in Glen Canyon Nationa...
Horseshoe Bend, Arizona in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as seen from the lookout point (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area is amazingly beautiful. After driving for hours and seeing red rocks and beige sand, travelers are jolted by the brilliant blue of the water. The area is 1.2 million acres that offer a variety of water activities and hiking trails. Most of the park is in Utah, but a small portion is in the upper center of Arizona north of Flagstaff. The Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site has the oldest operating trading post in the Navajo Nation. The post is located near the New Mexico state line and north of Interstate 40. It is north of the Petrified Forest. The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail runs from Nogales in southern Arizona to San Francisco. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area is in the Mojave Desert. The area is in the northwest corner of the state to the east of Las Vegas. Interstate 15 is to the north and northeast of the lake. Biking, boating, camping, hiking and fishing are some of the available activities.  Hoover Dam is by Willow City. The Old Spanish National Historic Trail travels through six states. In Arizona the trail runs along the northern border of the state. Tumac├ícori National Historical Park is located to the west of Interstate 19 just north of Nogales and the Mexican border. Visitors can tour the mission and on weekends during some times of the year crafts and food are available. Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is located in the very southwest corner of the state on Interstate 8. The park works to restore the wetlands in the area.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

National Lands: Arizona (Part 2)

view of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monume...
view of Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Arizona (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arizona has many national monuments. Canyon de Chelly National Monument, which  is a beautiful area located in the northeast corner of the state, is close to the New Mexico border with Interstate 40 to the south. The monument is on the Navajo Nation land and some families live in the canyon. The Casa Grande Ruins National Monument is located where Interstate 8 meets Interstate 10 in Casa Grande south of Phoenix. Chiricahua National Monument is described as a Wonderland of Rocks by the National Park Service. Visitors have eight miles of paved road and seventeen miles of hiking trails. The area, which is located in the southeast corner of the state near the New Mexico border, is south of Interstate 10. The Montezuma Castle National Monument is located south of Flagstaff on Interstate 17. The ruins, which were built a thousand years ago by the Sinagua people, are east of the interstate. The Navajo National Monument offers guided tours of the area. The park is located in the northeast corner of the state northeast of the Grand Canyon and close to the Utah border. No interstates are near the area. Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is located on the border with Mexico. It is south of Interstate 8 and halfway between Nogales and Yuma. Hiking trails and camping are available. The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument is located to the west of the Grand Canyon and extends to the Nevada state line. Interstate 40 is to the south. This wilderness area does not have trails, but hiking and camping are available.

English: Montezuma Castle National Monument, A...
English: Montezuma Castle National Monument, Arizona, USA  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pipe Spring National Monument is located in the northwest section of the state. It is close to the Utah border and east of Interstate 15. Guided tours are available to learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life. The Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is just outside Flagstaff and north of Interstate 40. Trails are available to explore the volcanic area. Tonto National Monument is located to the east of Phoenix and Interstate 17 just outside Roosevelt. Cliff dwellings of the Salado and their artifacts are displayed. The Tuzigoot National Monument is located to the west of Sedona and Interstate 17 southwest of Flagstaff. Visitors can explore the area and hike the trails. Walnut Canyon National Monument is just to the east of Flagstaff on Interstate 40. Visitors can hike the trails and explore the ruins in the area. Also outside Flagstaff is the Wupatki National Monument which is to the north of Flagstaff and Interstate 40. Guided tours and hiking are available.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

National Lands: Arkansas

Quapaw Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park
Quapaw Bathhouse, Hot Springs National Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hot Springs National Park is located to the southwest of Little Rock. Interstate 30 is to the east. This area is famous for the hot springs which enable visitors to bathe in the thermal water. Hiking is also available on the 26 miles of trails. The Buffalo National River is located in the northern section of the state. Interstate 540 is to the west and Interstate 40 is to the south. The river is north of Little Rock. Visitors use kayaks, canoes and tubes on the river. Hiking, fishing and horseback riding are also available. The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home is located in Hope which is northeast of Texarkana, Texas on Interstate 30. The site honors the 42nd President. Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site commemorates the desegregation of public schools.

Pea Ridge National Military Park is a 4,300 acre battlefield where 26,000 soldiers fought in the Civil War. The park is located in the northwest corner of the state near the Missouri border. Interstate 540 is to the west.  Arkansas Post National Memorial is to the southeast of Pine Bluff close to the Mississippi River. This area features the culture and history of the area. Fort Smith National Historic Site preserves 80 years of history in the area. The area is located on Interstate 40 on the border with Oklahoma. The Trail of Tears National Historic Trail commemorates the relocation of the Cherokee people from Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee to Oklahoma. This trail covers nine states. In Arkansas the trail cuts across the center of the state.