NPCA's Park Advocate » Southwest News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:04:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Overcoming Barriers in the Southwest Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:03:45 +0000 Will future generations love national parks as much as we do? It’s a question that is as old as the parks themselves, and one that will be asked as long as parks exist. How do we make sure future Americans care about our parks? How do we do it when the face of America is […]]]> 0 Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:19:51 +0000 Traveling with kids to the Grand Canyon and other classic stops in the American West can be an exercise in expensive hotels, bus shuttles, huge crowds, and less-than-child-friendly trails. Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona offers a surprising alternative. The trees that have turned to rainbow colors set in stone offer just one of the […]]]> 2 Destination Darkness Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:39:02 +0000 The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. The area is well-known for its red rock canyons, arches, and hoodoos, formed by wind erosion or carved by the Colorado River and its tributaries. The Colorado Plateau is also home to 27 national park […]]]> 0 Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:55:42 +0000 Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) has literally been shaped by the Colorado River. Two granite outcroppings narrowed the river at Yuma, allowing safe passage on what was once a wild and uncontrollable waterway. Some 60,000 people passed through Yuma during […]]]> 0 Bad Luck, Hot Rocks Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:50:49 +0000 In 1980, an anonymous writer sent some stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park along with a detailed, guilt-washed letter. After her husband had nabbedthe pieces while on a summer vacation, they had been haunted by bad luck, she wrote. Her stepmother had kidney failure, their central air and freezer died, their dog and […]]]> 1 9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine Fri, 07 Feb 2014 13:45:15 +0000 Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, national parks provide a wealth of amorous adventures for you and your Valentine. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow exploring the amazing sites in our National Park System. To get the featured parks delivered […]]]> 1 Making Connections in Utah: Supporting Gateway Communities and National Parks Tue, 07 Jan 2014 13:32:07 +0000 Does Mother Nature play favorites? Because I think she has a sweet spot for Utah. Its towering red cliffs, ornate stone formations, and harrowing canyons, all meticulously fashioned by the forces of nature, leave an impression on visitors that can last a lifetime. Deep mysterious caves, expansive landscapes, and even ancient cultural artifacts can all […]]]> 0 6 Reasons to Act Today for Clean Air in Arizona Thu, 02 Jan 2014 13:50:40 +0000 It’s no secret that reducing air pollution creates a host of benefits for human health and the environment. But what does it mean in real terms when a coal plant cleans up its act and spews fewer particulates into the air? It’s not just a theoretical question for communities surrounding the Navajo Generating Station in […]]]> 1 Take an Online Tour of Dinosaur National Monument in Utah and Colorado Thu, 12 Dec 2013 16:53:25 +0000 The aptly named Dinosaur National Monument is the place to indulge your curiosity about the “terrible lizards” that roamed the Southwest 149 million years ago. The site preserves thousands of fossils in its rock walls as well as the extraordinary scenery carved by the Green and Yampa Rivers. Each month, NPCA puts together a slideshow […]]]> 0 Park Allies Target an Unwelcome Guest at Petrified Forest: Tumbleweed Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:40:15 +0000 I love living in Arizona. The natural landscapes have always been among my favorite places to explore, with its many climates and ecosystems, including the desert, forests, mountains, and canyons. Yet, the native flora and fauna in my state face a serious threat: invasive species. Invasives, such as buffelgrass and quagga mussels, pose a direct […]]]> 1