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New Features and Improvements
Since launching Natural Atlas nationwide, our team’s been hard at work continuing to improve the experience and add new features. It’s about time we gave you a full update on the latest and greatest! Highlights: New iOS Release: adds all the new features below and improves usability. Download the…
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OVERVIEW
Experience Firsthand the Forces That Shape Our Planet
Few places in the United States contain as much geological diversity as California’s Mono County. While its many mountains and valleys prominently showcase the processes shaping our earth’s crust, the Mono Basin captivates one’s imagination with dramatic evidence of its volcanic nature.  This region…
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GUIDE
Steady Climb Through a Rebounding Burn Area
In 2012, the Pine Creek Fire (started by the spark of an excavator) burned a 12,000+ acre swath south of Livingston, MT. Today, it’s a scene of dead trees juxtaposed by the beautiful sight of forest rebirth. The hike has no particular destination, but the creek and foliage make up for it –…
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PLACE DESC
1870's Steam Locomotive Water Refill Complex
Allen water station and historic dam is a well-maintained scenic location hidden in the Dallas suburb of Allen. The historic complex is located on a broad hard-surface walking path with adjacent parking for quick access. Quick off-trail access to disused rail is perfect for a photographer looking to…
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Views of the Russian River Just Outside of Downtown Healdsburg
This 155-acre preserve with 2 to 3 miles of hiking trails is a great option for somebody looking for an easy to moderate and rewarding hike close to downtown Healdsburg.  The trail gently climbs through wetlands, oak forests, and rolling grasslands to great viewpoints of the surrounding landscape…
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Explore a WWII-Era Radar Installation
Hill 88 is a great dog-friendly hike packed with relics of a once-heavily-fortified bay in the World War II days. The popular loop in the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate National Recreation Area takes roughly 2½ hours to complete is about 5.7 miles with about 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Old…
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Alpine Lakes Surrounded by Dramatic Cirque
At Lost Twin Lakes, thousand foot cliffs tower over a pair of pristine alpine lakes – making it one of the classic destinations in the Cloud Peak Wilderness and Bighorn National Forest. At a round trip distance of close to 12 miles from West Tensleep Lake Trailhead, it is a good candidate for a…
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Help USGS Document Glacial Retreat
The glaciers of Glacier National Park are melting at alarming rates and the USGS wants volunteers to help document their retreat. By taking geotagged photos at the exact same places as photographers in history you can help scientists and the public understand more about the rate in which the…
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Glacier National Park's Disappearing Namesake
When Glacier National Park was founded in 1910 it had roughly 150 glaciers – now it has 25 [1]. In the past 50 years, the remaining glaciers have shrunk in area by over a third [2]. When historic and modern photos of the glaciers are compared side-to-side the differences are striking. Repeat…
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Pairing Beauty on Earth with That in the Sky
The focus of a nation will be on the sky August 21 as the Great American Eclipse (NASA link) passes across the entire United States for the first time since 1918. While all of North America will witness at least a partial eclipse, only a narrow strip from Oregon to South Carolina will experience…
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Hike to the Top of Colorful Badlands
The badlands of the McCullough Peaks highlight the beauty of erosion. The 6 mile round-trip hike along the McCullough Peak Divide Trail passes through very colorful badlands and culminates at the prominent, pointy summit visible from Cody, providing great views of the Bighorn Basin. The very…
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Hike & Bike Through Bozeman's Amber Waves of Grain
Highland Glen is a beautiful grassy nature preserve in Bozeman stewarded by the Gallatin Valley Land Trust. It’s open to hikers and mountain bikers. There are many neighborhood access points, but the main Highland Glen Trailhead is on Kagy Boulevard between MSU and I-90. Parking and access is also…
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OVERVIEW
Best Places to See Yellowstone's Geysers & Hot Springs
Yellowstone’s geysers and hot springs are what make the park so unique. There are 11 major boardwalks where you can see these wonders of nature up-close. Scroll down to see a list and map of the best trails to see geysers and hot springs. Click on a trail to see a list of the thermal features along…
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TRIP REPORT
Some of the youngest rock in Oregon sits on the boundaries of the Deschutes and Willamette National Forests near McKenzie Pass. About 2,000 years ago, lava flowed from a vent just north of North Sister and created a black, jumbled, and barren landscape. Since then, the surrounding forest has…
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Slow Packing the PCT
The Northern Cascades is said to be one of the most beautiful sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and it did not disappoint. Craggy peaks, dense forests, and lush valleys provided mile after mile of stunning scenery on our 8 day, 89 mile journey on the northernmost portion of the PCT.  We are three,…
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A nice short hike that weaves it’s way between shaded forest and open fields with tall grass.  As of 7/5/17 there are numerous ticks in the area. In the three miles it took the pup and I to hike three miles I pulled about 30 ticks off the dog and about 15 off myself. If you are taking a dog ensure…
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Alpine Lakes, Streams, and Mountain Views
The High Lakes area of the Beartooth Mountains is a hiker’s and backpacker’s dream: lakes and streams everywhere, rolling granite terrain, and peaks all around. Hiking the 8¾ mile loop formed from the Beauty Lake Trail and the High Lakes Trail is a great way to spend a day exploring the Beartooths…
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OVERVIEW
Where to See Wildlife in Yellowstone
Yellowstone is as popular for its diverse wildlife as it is for its thermal features. It is home to the largest concentration of mammals in the lower 48 states [1], including elk, bears, bison, wolves, and bighorn sheep. If you want to plan a visit to the park to marvel at the wildlife, here is a…
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Top 5 Places Landscape Painting Grew in America
Landscape painting and natural history go hand-in-hand. It even helped establish America’s first national park. There have been five places across the United States where this marriage of art and nature especially flourished. Location: Hudson River, Catskill Mountains, Adirondack Mountains Notable…
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