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.
Readout of Secretary Salazar's Meeting with Representatives of the Colorado River Basin States
Office of the Secretary
WASHINGTON, DC -- Today Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and other senior Interior Department officials met with representatives of the Colorado River Basin states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As a record drought goes into its eleventh year, Secretary Salazar called today's meeting to discuss a number of ongoing water issues confronting the Department and the States, and to continue the collaboration that has historically occurred on such issues.
At today's meeting, the state and departmental representatives renewed their commitment to a strong working partnership with open lines of communication in order to tackle the challenges ahead.
The Colorado River provides drinking water for more than 25 million people and water for agriculture, industry, and renewable hydroelectricity. It is also the lifeblood of the Grand Canyon and other national parks, wildlife refuges and ecosystem services. The period from 2000 to 2010 has been the driest 11-year period in more than 100 years of recorded history in the basin. Accordingly, the challenges associated with meeting the many demands placed on this limited resource are growing.