What’s the Difference Between a National Park and a National Monument?

Calf Creek Canyon in Grandstaircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

As someone whose living is based on Grand Teton National Park, I’m frequently asked what the difference between a national park and a national monument is. It’s a very good question. Both are operated by the National Park Service, vary in size, have beautiful sites, and frequently wildlife worth seeing, or at the least, protecting.… Keep reading...

Help Save Our National Monuments

Tourist Visiting Grosvenor Arch

Our National Monuments have recently been described as nothing more than "federal land grabs." This term is as misguided as the people that use it.

Native American tribes banded together to build support in favor of preserving and protecting the area around Bears Ears, which ultimately became Bears Ears National Monument.… Keep reading...

Valley of the Gods Thunderstorm

Thunderstorm over Butte

Every now and then I like to clean out my archives, which either means removing images that aren’t up to my standards, or redoing an image that just never seemed to pop like it should.

Such was the case with this image of a thunderstorm over Sugarloaf Mountain in Valley of the Gods in southern Utah.… Keep reading...