Here in wide-open New Mexico, you’re very close to the middle of nowhere – 56 miles south of Gallup, 44 miles west of Grants. But this is also the best guest ledger in the West.
Over more than five centuries, some 2,000 passers-through have carved their names and messages in the sandstone of El Morro National Monument.
It’s a 200-foot-high ridge, and it’s been a popular stop for centuries because it stands above the only water source for miles around. There’s no new etching allowed, of course. But you can climb to the top, where there are pre-Columbian ruins (from the 13th and 14th centuries). Also big views of the high desert.
In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.
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If you head to the Gateway Arch in St. Louis this year, you might find scaffolding underneath that gorgeous 630-foot-high silver frame. The National Park Service and local leaders are working on $250 million in upgrades to weave together the arch, the Mississippi River, new landscaping and the
If your heart is set on a stroll through Yosemite National Park ’s Mariposa Grove of giant sequoias, wait until next year. It's closed for restoration until spring 2017.
New Jersey Transit must install inward facing cameras in cabs as a first step to improve safety conditions, Sen. Sen. Schumer said Sunday.
It is known for its giant sequoia trees, towering granite ridges and tumbling waterfalls. But one of the West’s most majestic national parks has now become the latest cauldron in an unfolding scandal over workplace harassment that has rocked the national parks system.
If all dogs go to heaven, resident angels are greeting a well-traveled pooch this week.
A federal official who had been accused of protecting her husband from charges that he mismanaged Yosemite National Park during an ongoing harassment scandal announced her retirement on Monday.
I’d never taken a tour on which the guide addressed the group as “my tribe,” but it felt perfectly natural aboard the Magic Bus, which calls itself a “trip” into San Francisco’s 1960s-era hippie counterculture. My friend Adam (a politically conservative MBA with an unlikely interest in hippie
The superintendent of Yosemite National Park on Thursday announced that he is stepping down amid an ongoing federal investigation into allegations of a hostile work environment in which employees, particularly women, are bullied, belittled and marginalized.
At Crater Lake National Park in Oregon, don’t miss Watchman Overlook on Rim Drive, north of Rim Village. It doesn’t get as much attention as Discovery Point (which has a big parking lot), but the overlook gives you a commanding angle, looking almost straight down at Wizard Island. To get even