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The Parks You Don't Know
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March 7, 2016

As the National Park Service's centennial looms, High Country News takes a trip through the West, to uncover some lesser-known parks, consider the stories they tell, and meet the people behind the scenes.

Feature

Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Protecting the Oregon Trail from the development it helped create
Dedicated volunteers fight to preserve one of the trails that brought settlers west.
Tracing America’s Borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Tracing America’s Borderlands history along the Anza Trail
Immigrants still follow Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic route.

Editor's Note

Current

At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
A preserve was added to the park system, after an experiment in managing federal lands outside the traditional agencies.
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
A writer revisits the acoustical landscape of the National Park system.
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
How not to forget the West’s past atrocities
The national park system does more than celebrate beauty. It also commemorates the ugliest parts of our past.
NPS unveiled: Meet the people that make the national parks run
NPS unveiled: Meet the people that make the national parks run
Thousands of individuals in parks from Denali to Petrified Forest do little-known but essential jobs.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.

Essays

The tricky allure of unpeopled places
The tricky allure of unpeopled places
Longing for solitude on the land, and feeling uneasy.

Conversation

Secrets of the National Park Service
Secrets of the National Park Service
Readers and staff speak out on surprising favorites.

Book Reviews

In an era of change, a new chapter for the National Park Service
In an era of change, a new chapter for the National Park Service
Two new books offer an invitation to the parks — and an argument for their existence.
The beautiful wilds of national parks
The beautiful wilds of national parks
Review of “The National Parks: An American Legacy,” by Ian Shive.

Writers on the Range

Heard Around the West

Irreverent newspaper writers and easy-peasy science
Irreverent newspaper writers and easy-peasy science
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.

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