The Breathtaking View of the Stars Over Zion National Park

This is what getting far far away from light pollution to Zion National Park in Utah will get you. Taken on January 21, 2015, the stars are so numerous that the cliffs are blacker than the night. Full image below. » 2/25/15 12:00am 2/25/15 12:00am

The Conscience and Curse Ridden Return of Stolen Petrified Forest Rocks

In Bad Luck, Hot Rocks: Conscience Letters and Photographs from the Petrified Forest, Ryan Thompson and Phil Orr document everything in the national park's "conscience pile" — the name park employees give the mound of rocks that have been returned by guilty thieves. While some people just felt bad, others became… » 2/06/15 3:00am 2/06/15 3:00am

The Beauty of Yellowstone's Fountain Paint Pots In the Cold

The Fountain Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park are named for the colorful muds produced by the oxidizing iron in the mud, the natural result of hot springs. In November 2014, a light dusting of snow both revealed the topography of the area and made the steam rising from the ground clear and eerie. » 2/05/15 12:00am 2/05/15 12:00am

The Grand Canyon Is Full Of Clouds Right Now. Why?

This view may look like it shows the view from high above the clouds, but what you're seeing is actually the ground-level view of what it looks like to look over the Grand Canyon right now. » 12/12/14 1:30pm 12/12/14 1:30pm

The Wildfire In Yosemite Has Swollen To Four Times Its Original Size

A small wildfire that had been burning in Yosemite since July suddenly become a much bigger wildfire, consuming over 2,500 acres near hiker-favorite Half Dome. Pictures of the blaze (and the terrific amounts of smoke it's generating) are a dramatic look at how quickly a wildfire can move. » 9/09/14 11:20am 9/09/14 11:20am

Once Again, Yellowstone Is Not Erupting And Killing Us All

Someone, somewhere, decided that Yellowstone was in a period of unusually high geologic activity and facing major road closures and evacuations, and therefore was in danger of imminent eruption. This is all so ridiculously untrue, I hesitate to even use the "debunkery" tag because it's hard to believe it needs… » 8/10/14 6:20pm 8/10/14 6:20pm

Each Year, 250 Hikers Have To Be Rescued From the Grand Canyon. Why?

The hike down into the Grand Canyon is a rewarding one, full of gorgeous views. It's also, however, a treacherous hike with 250 of the people who attempt the route eventually needing rescue from the National Parks Service annually. Just what makes it so dangerous? » 7/10/14 4:20pm 7/10/14 4:20pm

The Grand Canyon Faces Gravest Threat in the Park's 95-Year History

Developers want to put gondolas, hotels and shops in and around the Grand Canyon, in what the National Park Service has called the "most serious threat the park has faced in its 95-year history." » 7/10/14 10:44am 7/10/14 10:44am

What Are The Scientific Landmarks That We All Need To Visit?

Summer is coming up fast, and, hopefully, some accompanying vacation for you. What are some of the scientific landmarks that we should be checking out this season? » 5/29/14 7:00am 5/29/14 7:00am

A rare event turns the Grand Canyon into Cloud City

Over the weekend, rare atmospheric conditions gave rise to an even rarer scene: The Grand Canyon – that vast, gaping wonder of the natural world – filled to the brim with cold, dense, roiling fog. National Park officials have called the sight a "once in a lifetime" event. Looking at these photos, it's not hard to see… » 12/02/13 12:16pm 12/02/13 12:16pm