Rock face at Bandelier National Park. People climbing up a ladder to one of the Native American cave dewellings

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

We took a road trip to Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico. In the Frijoles Canyon, there are a number of ancestral pueblo homes, kivas (ceremonial structures), rock paintings, and petroglyphs. Some of the dwellings were rock structures built on the canyon floor; others were dwellings in caves which were formed by voids in the volcanic tuff of the canyon wall and carved out further by humans. Continue reading Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

The Heartbreaking Story of Mattie Culver [Yellowstone’s Forgotten]

Seventeen years after Yellowstone became a National Park on March 1, 1872. Almost to the day, Mattie Culver died of Tuberculosis on March 2, 1889. She and her husband were the winter caretakers of the Firehole Inn. Mattie is still buried where the Firehole once stood. On the banks of the Firehole River in Yellowstone’s Geyser Basin. Continue reading The Heartbreaking Story of Mattie Culver [Yellowstone’s Forgotten]

Custer State Park Wildlife Loop [USA Road Trip to Black Hills South Dakota]

An USA road trip to Custer State Park WILDLIFE LOOP STATE SCENIC BYWAY in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Custer State Park’s 18-mile Wildlife Loop State Scenic Byway has what you are looking for! Winding through pine-covered hills, rolling prairies and red-walled canyons, the Wildlife Loop is one of the highlights of a park that has many wild animals just ripe for the camera. 1300 Buffalo are the big stars along the byway. Bighorn sheep, pronghorn, deer, elk, coyote, prairie dog, donkey and numerous bird species including wild turkey can all be seen at times along the Wildlife Loop. Come with us on a tour and see what we caught on camera. Continue reading Custer State Park Wildlife Loop [USA Road Trip to Black Hills South Dakota]

The Rock Signed by the Lewis & Clark Expedition

About an hour northwest of the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana. And thirty minutes northeast of Billings, Montana. You can find a rock face signed by William Lewis of the Lewis & Clark expedition. Pompey’s Pillar National Monument sits on the shores of the Yellowstone River in Montana. William Lewis, Sacagawea, and his men camped here. While here they engraved their names into the rock face. Many others have done the same. And there are over 2000 engravings and Native American pictographs. Continue reading The Rock Signed by the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Fort Union National Historical Monument

Fort Union National Monument in New Mexico is truly a great place for history hunters and American park seekers. You will find the historical National Park in Northeast New Mexico. Just off interstate 25. Come along as we take you on a tour through the historical adobe structures that once serviced the area and the historic Santa Fe Trail. Come on a video tour with … Continue reading Fort Union National Historical Monument

Historical Civil War Battlefields [Glorieta Pass New Mexico]

Did you know there is a Civil War Battlefield just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico? Come along as we visit a historical American Civil War battlefield in New Mexico. Glorieta Pass is a Civil War battlefield called the Gettysburg of the West. It lays within the Pecos National Historical Park. And is a great day trip from Santa Fe or Albuquerque. Continue reading Historical Civil War Battlefields [Glorieta Pass New Mexico]

Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico

When traveling to the high altitude of Historic Northern New Mexico and a day trip from Santa Fe, Albuquerque or Las Vegas New Mexico; you will find Spanish Ruins and Pecos Pueblo Native American ghost town and church. Continue reading Pecos National Historical Park in New Mexico

Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana – a Place of Reflection

On June 25 and 26, 1876, 263 United States soldiers, including Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his armed forces, died fighting several thousand Lakota and Cheyenne warriors. This somber park honors the United States Army’s 7th Cavalry and the Lakota and Cheyenne Native Americans in one of the Indian’s last efforts to preserve their way of life. Continue reading Little Big Horn Battlefield National Monument in Montana – a Place of Reflection