Canyonlands National Park
A grand view at Canyonlands National park number four: Canyonlands National Park. And inevitably, the return of the Looney
I have a sneaking suspicion that what I'm about to write is going to be perceived as insensitive. I can assure you it's not intended that way; it's just that I've always thought it was kind of funny and I wanted to use it as an intro for this week's column.
I've been doing a bunch of research recently on Browns Canyon National Monument, which many of you may not realize is now a thing. It's over on the other side of Independence Pass from Aspen, on the far side of the Arkansas River between Buena Vista and Salida, roughly.
Over the years, I've visited Utah plenty of times, including about eight or nine trips to Moab, and I've visited Arches National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park three or four times each.
Killarney Provincial Park, Canada High Sierra Trail, ancient tree and river (Getty) Tamim Ansary also raved about the Boundary
With its towering sandstone arches, out-of-this-world views, and miles of rugged landscape, Arches and Canyonlands are like no other places on Earth. But when the sun goes down, that's when the real show starts.
Tar-sands mining is a terrible idea anywhere for all kinds of reasons, but the idea of doing it right next door to some of our greatest national parks, in one of the most spectacular wilderness landscapes of North America, is like slashing the Mona Lisa with a box cutter.
Moab, Utah, is a Mecca for off-road bike enthusiasts. Capped with isolated, moonlit evenings, it was one of the most romantic getaways we've ever shared.
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For the first time, the U.S. House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest, and Public Lands will consider a bill designed to protect millions of acres of spectacular Utah lands as wilderness.
The Interior Secretary has announced that he is canceling all 77 contested leases surrounding some of Utah's most stunning national parks. This redrock wilderness can now remain part of our natural heritage.
I was surprised when the Bureau of Land Management announced plans to hand over 6.4 million acres of public lands near some of Utah's most famous national parks to oil and gas companies.