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FALL 2016 COVER.JPG (5090037 bytes)On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100! At this writing there are 59 national parks in the United States. We have focused on 4 of these by featuring them on our cover. Below is a brief description of each park.

Canyonlands National Park (upper left), in southeastern Utah is divided into four districts by the massive canyons of the Green and Colorado rivers. From accessible views at Island in the Sky or rambling trails in The Needles, to the deep remoteness of The Maze, Canyonlands offers a lifetime of exploration possibilities. The park was established on September 12, 1964.

Grand Canyon National Park (bottom left) , in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular viewpoint, especially at sunrise and sunset. The park was established on February 26, 1919.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park (top right) straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. The sprawling landscape encompasses lush forests and an abundance of wildflowers that bloom year-round. Streams, rivers and waterfalls appear along hiking routes that include a segment of the Appalachian Trail. An observation tower tops Clingmans Dome, the highest peak, offering scenic views of the mist-covered mountains. The park was established on June 15, 1934.

Zion National Park (bottom right), is Utah's First National Park, established on November 19, 1919. Located in southwestern Utah, the park encompasses some of the most scenic canyon country in the United States. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles long and up to half a mile deep. Discover what makes America beautiful. Make plans to visit one of our National Parks this year!


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