Small Wonders: The 12 Teeniest National Park Sites

National parks encompass vast wilderness areas and grand landscapes, yet so many of America’s greatest treasures come in much smaller […]

Why Are We Neglecting One of Our Country’s Greatest Rivers?

Archaic Laws and Short-Sighted Management Threaten the Irreplaceable Colorado

The Colorado River is like a miracle in the arid Southwest, bringing melted snow from its headwaters inside Rocky Mountain […]

A painting of Hetch Hetchy Valley in 1870, before the area was flooded and dammed. Art by Albert Bierstadt.

The ‘Outrageous Evil’ That Led to the Birth of the National Park Service

Today, the National Park Service celebrates its 99th birthday. Establishing an agency dedicated to the care of America’s national parks […]

Minuteman Missile National Historic Site, South Dakota

Trivia Challenge: A Stockpile of Cold War History

Q: Numerous national park sites commemorate military engagements. Only one specifically interprets the history of the standoff that estranged two […]

An elk at Yosemite, one of the national parks with the worst air quality in the country. Photo © Americanspirit/Dreamstime.

The Elk Can’t Speak: Denying Pollution Doesn’t Help National Parks

Advocating for better air quality is something I do for a living. I recently worked with a team of experts […]