National Parks

America’s National Parks are the “crown jewels” of our country. They represent the natural and cultural history of our nation and embody the American spirit. They are home to rare and endangered plant and animal species, and are sources of the clean air and clean water that we depend on. They provide places for every American to find peace and inspiration, to escape from the pressures of the ‘civilized’ world, and to experience our heritage.

Since its creation in 1872, the National Park Service, under the Department of the Interior has been in charge of protecting and managing nearly 400 National Parks and thousands of natural landmarks and historical sites. As our population increases, so do the dangers that threaten to destroy these special places. Lots of work and great care is needed to protect our parks for future generations. EcoFlight uses the aerial perspective along with tribes, non-profits, local governments, businesses and concerned citizens to give these places a voice, tell their story and ensure that our Parks are protected for present and future generations to enjoy.

National Parks by state
Arizona
Colorado
New Mexico
North Dakota
Utah
Wyoming
AZ CO NM ND UT WY
FLIGHTS: National Parks
Arizona - Grand Canyon National Park
State: Arizona
Description: On January 9th 2012, the Obama administration officially announced a ban on new mining on lands near Grand Canyon National Park. The 20-year ban will not affect any existing claims but will prevent any new mining claims in the area which have increased 2,000 percent in the past seven years... read more
Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: Mesa Verde National Park features thousands of archeological ruins that speak to the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who built cliff dwellings there over 800 years ago. In addition to invasive species and other threats, air quality in the park is being continually degraded by two adjacent coal-fired power plants.
Colorado - National Monument
State: Colorado
Description: Colorado National Monument is located between Fruita and Grand Junction on Colorado's western slope.  The geology of this 32 square mile region showcases beautiful red sandstone canyons of ancient precambrian basement rocks which are only visible in a few places on the Colorado Plateau... continue reading...
Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park
State: Colorado
Description: Rocky Mountain National Park is the living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, but it is under threat from people and a bark beetle epidemic. Bark beetles have infected 50,000 acres—about 19 percent of the park, killing tens of thousands of pines since 2002... read more
Dinosaur National Monument
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: Though it is remotely located in the mountains and canyons of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you might find in major metropolitan areas...
FLAA Student Program 2011 - Southwest National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was a three day intensive study of iconic national parks in the American Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from Colorado Mountain College and CU Boulder flew over 5 national parks... read more
Montana, Upper Missouri Breaks - National Monument
State: Montana
Description: Having been designated as a national monument by President Clinton in 2001, this remote and beautiful landscape, with 149 miles of the Missouri River corridor designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, has finally begun to be recognized as a national treasure... read more
New Mexico - Rio Grande del Norte
State: New Mexico
Description: On March 25th 2013, President Obama signed legislation to protect 240,000 acres of the Rio Grande del Norte region of New Mexico through a national monument designation.
New Mexico, Chaco Canyon - National Historic Park
State: New Mexico
Region: Northwestern New Mexico
Description: Chaco National Historical Park is designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of Puebloan culture centers in the Southwestern United States, yet it too is impacted by intensive energy development. Natural gas fields, coal and uranium mines, and coal-fired power plants are especially prevalent... read more
North Dakota - Theodore Roosevelt National Park
State: North Dakota
Region: Western North Dakota
Description: Theodore Roosevelt National Park includes three geographically separate units located in western North Dakota on the badlands.  The Little Missouri River runs through all three units of the park, with a combined total of 110 square miles.  Continue reading...
Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah
Description: Bryce Canyon is famous for its unique geology. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos"... read more
Utah - Canyonlands National Park
State: Utah
Description: Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah and is geologically located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Read more...
Utah - Cedar Breaks National Monument
State: Utah
Region: Cedar City, Utah
Description: Cedar Breaks National Monument is a canyon located on the west side of the Colorado Plateau. This area is known for its external beauty but also contains a treasure chest of information about the mysterious surge of carbon that was released into our atmosphere 56 million years ago... read more
Utah - Zion National Park
State: Utah
Description: Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah near Springdale.  The geology of the park includes winding canyons, sandstone peaks and high desert plateaus.  Read more...
Utah, Greater Canyonlands
State: Utah
Description: The Greater Canyonlands area extends beyond Canyonlands National Park over 1.4 million acres. Threatened by off-road vehicle abuse, oil and gas, nuclear and tar sands mining, this area contains scenic getaways for tourists, 12,000 year old archeological sites, and a rich history of Native American culture.... read more
Wyoming - Grand Teton National Park
State: Wyoming
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes the remarkable Teton mountain range, magnificent Snake River corridor, and the incredible and diverse wildlife in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone region... read more