Mesa Verde National Park is reputed for its archaeological sites, especially its unique cliff dwellings, some of which include multi-story dwellings wedged into narrow chasms from floor to ceiling.
The Petrified Forest National Park encompasses parts of the Painted Desert and an amazing collection of petrified wood that has been converted to rock, usually some form of quartz.
While the beauty of Death Valley National Park is undeniable, it is hard to appreciate in the summer, when the average temperature hovers around 115 F (46 C).Death Valley is an immense national park.
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve is the place for you. When the nearby Sangre de Cristo Mountains are snow capped the park is at its loveliest.
When you arrive at Bryce Canyon National Park it seems as if you have entered Wonderland. The unusually shaped pillars of rock are called “hoodoos” and they do seem to cast a spell on the visitor.