NPCA's Park Advocate » Southwest News and views of the National Parks Conservation Association Fri, 02 Oct 2015 13:47:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 4 Top Priorities for Utah’s Unique National Parks Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:05:05 +0000 The majesty of Delicate Arch. The remarkable spires and vast wildness at Canyonlands. The glow of the Milky Way above Hovenweep. As a Utah resident and an outdoor enthusiast, it doesn’t surprise me that people from around the world flock to the one-of-a-kind rock formations, canyons, petroglyphs, archeological ruins, and astounding night skies at the national parks […]]]> 2 Love National Parks? Support This Lego Project So You Can Build One Yourself Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:20:32 +0000 How cool would it be, after coming home from a great national park vacation, to sit down and build your own national park? Thanks to Gavin Gardner, a new proposal on the Lego Ideas website urges the famous toy company to create a series of play sets to build aspects of three iconic national parks: […]]]> 8 Plan a Desert Getaway to Arches National Park Thu, 16 Oct 2014 13:15:43 +0000 The cooler months are an ideal time to explore the wonders of the desert, when visitors can see the beauty of the canyons and cacti without the intense sunshine and triple-digit temperatures. This story is the first in a new bimonthly Desert Getaway series with tips for visiting some of these warm, sunny southwestern national parks. With […]]]> 0 A Double Threat to an American Icon Wed, 01 Oct 2014 13:45:29 +0000 Over the summer, many New York Times readers were shocked to learn about two development proposals that would permanently scar the enduring beauty of the Grand Canyon. The first proposal would create more than 2,000 housing units and 3 million square feet of shops and tourist attractions in Tusayan, a sleepy town just two miles from […]]]> 2 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 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