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As the Park Marks 50 Years, Guadalupes Supt. Eric Leonard Seeks New Ways to Connect Visitors to this Singular Place

“Guadalupe Mountains National Park has a reputation as a hiker’s paradise. It’s deserved.” That headline from a New York Times article distills the dominant image of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. When the park was born – 50 years ago this … Continue reading

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On the Park’s 50th, Guadalupe’s Supt. Eric Leonard Shares Tales of a Texas Wilderness

“I look to the mountain,” the Psalmist of the Bible says, speaking for many of us. Our eyes are drawn to summits – mountain peaks have enthralled humankind across cultures and ages.  Modern Texans are no exception. At 8,751 feet, … Continue reading

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At “Lizard Camp,” Scientific and Personal Discovery on the Dell City Dunes

Women have made critical contributions to the sciences for centuries. But despite efforts to increase female participation in STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – there’s still a yawning gap. Both globally and in the United States, less than … Continue reading

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At Paquime, Unearthing a Great Prehistoric City’s Deep Local Roots

Paquime, or Casas Grandes – a few hours drive from El Paso in Chihuahua, Mexico – is a stunning archeological site, the largest urban center known from the prehistoric North American deserts. Thousands lived here, with multi-story adobe apartments, ball … Continue reading

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Visiting Paquime, the Prehistoric “Water City” of the Chihuahuan Desert

“There are many houses of great size, strength and height,” the Spanish chronicler Baltasar Obregon wrote in the 1560s. “They are six and seven stories, with towers and walls like fortresses.” “The houses contain large and magnificent patios paved with … Continue reading

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