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.
Salazar to Highlight Cultural and Historic Tourism in San Antonio
Office of the Secretary
Will speak at US/ICOMOS Symposium; Visit San Antonio Missions
SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Today and tomorrow, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will visit San Antonio to highlight the advancement of the San Antonio Franciscan Missions toward nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List. During his visit, Secretary Salazar will discuss the importance of preserving the city's iconic cultural and historic sites to grow domestic and international travel and tourism and create jobs – part of part of Interior's ongoing efforts to capture and tell a more inclusive story of American history.
On Thursday, May 31, Secretary Salazar will deliver remarks to the 15th annual international symposium of the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites), celebrating the 40th anniversary of the World Heritage Convention.
On Friday, June 1, Secretary Salazar will hold a press conference at Mission Concepción to discuss the San Antonio Franciscan Missions and the progress underway toward nomination to the UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) World Heritage List.
Under the Convention, the Secretary of the Interior is charged with identifying and nominating worthy U.S. sites that display superlative cultural and/or natural attributes for designation. The San Antonio Franciscan Missions, currently on the Tentative List of Potential Future Nominations, includes four missions (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park) and the Alamo (Mission San Antonio de Valero).
The visit is part of President Obama's America's Great Outdoors initiative to establish a conservation ethic for the 21st Century and to reconnect Americans to our nation's natural, cultural, and historic heritage. The Obama administration is committed to recognizing and preserving important chapters in the nation's story that have not yet been fully told, such as the contributions of Latinos to the building of America.
The visit also builds on the Obama administration's recently-announced National Tourism and Travel Strategy, which delivered on President Obama's call in January for a national strategy to promote domestic and international travel opportunities throughout the United States.
THURSDAY: ICOMOS OPENING NIGHT DINNER
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Remarks to the U.S. National Committee for ICOMOS
Thursday, May 31, 2012 @ 7:30 p.m. CDT
Mission San Jose
1601 San Jose Drive
San Antonio, TX 78214
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Eric Foultz at (210) 325-1025 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FRIDAY: PRESS CONFERENCE
Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior
Gustavo Araoz, President, ICOMOS
Henry Muñoz, Board Member, National Park Foundation
Rachel Jacobson, DOI Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks
John Lujan, Superintendent, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
Friday, June 1, 2012 @ 10 a.m. CDT
807 Mission Road
San Antonio, TX 78210
Credentialed members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP to Al Remley at (210) 304-0431 or email@example.com