Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.
A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. New River Gorge National River in West Virginia encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
Denali is six million acres of wild land, bisected by one ribbon of road. Travelers along it see the relatively low-elevation taiga forest give way to high alpine tundra and snowy mountains, culminating in North America's tallest peak, 20,310' Denali. Wild animals large and small roam un-fenced lands, living as they have for ages. Solitude, tranquility and wilderness await.
Collette Gantenbein graduated from Humboldt State University with a degree in Geography with an emphasis in studying cartography and Geographic Information Systems. Her senior thesis, Environmental Degradation of the Tibetan Plateau, introduced her to an interest in Physical Geography through researching desertification and deforestation influenced by changes in land use in China and Tibet. While obtaining a GIS certificate at Foothill College, she participated in NASA DEVELOP as a member of the wildfire research team using remotely sensed data and GIS to map burn severity. She is currently in a Master's program in Geography at the University of Idaho researching land cover change in relation to climate change through examining burn severity in the Pacific Northwest.