Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

Photo: Justina Thorsen, Snow-covered Organ Mountains Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument (New Mexico) is home to diverse recreation opportunities including excellent hiking trails. Hikers can enjoy expansive mountain views, unique geologic features, rock art, seasonal springs, Chihuahuan desert flora and fauna, wildlife, historic sites and much more on the many miles of trail within …

Unlandmarks

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – From August 1 to December 31, Code for Pittsburgh will be building a map of landmarks that are no longer physically present. The Unlandmarks Map will reveal and detail historical injustices. It will show the rent-raising which closed down minority-owned businesses, the murals which were painted over, the unique houses which were …

Nevada

Nevada (pronounced [ne- vae-da], with a short “a” as in apple) Nevada is a state of bold contrasts: rural landscapes and big cities, extravagant gaming and a movement toward farmers’ markets, local culture, renewable energy and a green building ethos. For those passionate for parks, wilderness, Indigenous cultures, responsible travel and great fun – Nevada. Indigenous …

Albuquerque

Photo: John Fowler, Watermelon Mountain Albuquerque (Beeʼeldííl Dahsinil in Diné) is New Mexico’s most populous city and home to the University of New Mexico. The first week of October check out the International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. Favorite Places Frontier Restaurant, an Albuquerque tradition located …

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is located in California and Nevada east of the Sierra Nevada, occupying a transition zone between the Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. Tupippuh Nummu means “Our Homeland” in the language of the Timbisha Shoshone, the native people of Death Valley. Timbisha is their name for the valley as well. The word ‘Timbisha’ refers to a sacred …

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4 to 24 kilometers) …

Indiana

Indiana is located in the midwestern region of the USA and borders Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and Kentucky. The state’s name means ‘Land of the Indians.’ Wiki http://planeta.wikispaces.com/indiana Planeta.com Three Rivers Festival, July 7-15

Zion National Park

Zion National Park is one of our favorite places in the USA. Ancestral Puebloans inhabited the area from 500-1200 A.D, followed by the Paiute, who were still in residence in 1858 when Mormon missionaries arrived. The Paiute called the area Mukuntuweap which means “straight canyon” in Southern Pauite. Key Links http://www.nps.gov/zion https://www.facebook.com/zionnps https://twitter.com/ZionNPS http://www.flickr.com/zionnps   Zion …

Call for Public Comment on National Monuments

Washington, DC – The Interior Department has recently announced a public comment period for the review of President Trump’s executive order calling for the Interior Department to review a range of National Monuments created over the past 16 years through Presidential proclamations. The complete list is here. Written comments relating to the Bears Ears National Monument must be …