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.
DOINews: Mount Rainier National Park: Secretary Salazar Visits Park Staff
Secretary Ken Salazar joins more than 70 Mount Rainier National Park employees and volunteers for a group photo on August 14, 2012. While at Mount Rainier, Salazar shared words of encouragement and support with park staff, who lost five co-workers this year. Photo by Chris Roundtree, NPS.
On Tuesday, August 14, Secretary Ken Salazar visited Mount Rainier National Park staff and shared words of encouragement and support in light of this year's loss of five co-workers – park ranger Margaret Anderson and climbing ranger Nick Hall through line-of-duty deaths, and custodial worker Roy Watters, engineering equipment operator Doug Chappell and seasonal trails laborer Ted Cox from illnesses or off-duty accidents.
Salazar spoke on the importance of public service and the nobility of the mission carried out by National Park Service employees and volunteers on behalf of the nation.
Following the employee meeting, Salazar met with approximately 25 local tourism and community leaders and other park partners to discuss the economic benefits of national parks and the importance of local partnerships.
Salazar took time for a photo op with the 70-plus employees and volunteers, with Mount Rainier shining in the distance.
By: Donna Rahier, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS; and Randy King, Mount Rainier National Park, NPS