Sliding Rocks, Death Valley

First Observation of Rocks in Motion   The Racetrack is a unique attraction of Death Valley National Park that not many park visitors get to see. It’s a dry lakebed in a very remote and beautiful area. On the north end of the lakebed is a rock formation known as the grandstands. Rocks from the […]


Burning Man Reopens the Gate

According to Burning Man’s Facebook page, the Gate and all the roads leading toward it, reopened at 6 am today. The airport is due to reopen at noon. Status posted at 11:45 am states “Traffic update: Wadsworth to 8 mile, 1:41, Gate time 1 to 1.5 hours plus additional time for will call, if needed. See […]


Rainstorms Close Burning Man Until Tuesday


Black Rock City, August 25, 2014 — Organizers of the annual Burning Man event are asking any participants traveling to the event now to postpone their arrival until at least Tuesday morning. Black Rock City has shut down following rainstorms that left standing water on the playa, leaving it un-drivable. At the request of Burning […]


Family Sleepover at Tumacácori Sept 6th


For nearly 60 years the ruins of Tumacácori stood as a welcome waypoint for travelers.  Gold-seeking 49ers passed here on their way to California.  Military troops (including then Lieutenant John J. Pershing) left soot from their campfires on the walls of the sacristy.  Ranchers turned the cemetery, or campo santo, into a corral to keep […]


What Happened in September in Tombstone History


September 1, 1851 – John Philip Clum, future Apache agent, mayor of Tombstone and publisher of the Tombstone Epitaph, was born in the Hudson River Valley near Claverack, New York. September 6, 1884 – “Doc” Holliday was released after posting bail in Leadville, Colorado. He had been held in conjunction with shooting Billy Allen at […]


Drones Banned in Southeast Utah National Parks

Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft within Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments, are now prohibited.The term “unmanned aircraft” is defined as: devices that are used or intended to be used for flight in the air without the possibility of direct human intervention from within or on the device, […]


Fee Free Day Aug 25th – National Park’s 98th Birthday

It’s the National Park Service’s birthday, and they are hoping you’ll visit a national park and help everybody celebrate! On August 25, 2014 the National Park Service turns 98 years old. They are waiving entrance fees and inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast. August 25 is a free-entrance day, so head to any of the country’s 401 national […]


Search Underway for Missing Californian Man at Lake Mohave

BOULDER CITY, Nevada – National Park Service rangers are searching for a missing 31-year-old Southern California man who was last seen in the water near Cottonwood Cove on Lake Mohave. At 12:07 p.m. Aug. 16, the Lake Mead Interagency Communication Center received a call reporting that the man jumped off a boat into the water. […]


Burning Man 2014 – Caravansary

Design by Larry Harvey and Don Clarke, 
illustration by Andrew Johnstone and Jim Pire  

On August 24, 2014, the Black Rock City gate opens. The builders of this alternative metropolis have been busy laying out roads, securing the perimeter, and surviving the various windstorms and thunderstorms that have reportedly been hitting the Black Rock Desert’s playa this year. Playa, you ask? This playa is no beach, but a barren, […]


Monsoon Season Storms Cause Flash Flooding in Saguaro NP’s Tucson Mnt District


  August 12, 2014 – Tucson, AZ- Monsoon season storms have caused flash flooding in Saguaro National Park’s Tucson Mountain (West) District this afternoon. The flooding has damaged and washed out many segments of the Scenic Bajada Loop Drive. As a result, all of the dirt roads in the Tucson Mountain (West) District, except the […]

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