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Getting there and getting around Hells Canyon

The closest major airports to Hells Canyon are Missoula, Mont., Boise, Idaho, and Spokane, Wash. If you book a multiday trip with a reputable rafting company, the company will likely help you arrange shuttles to the beginning and end of the canyon, or you may need to rent a car. Most Hells Canyon river trips end in Lewiston, Idaho, which also has a small airport with regularly scheduled flights to Salt Lake City, Seattle and Boise. 
18 Sep 2015

Travels in Geology: Rafting the Pacific Northwest's heavenly Hells Canyon

Few roads and only steep, difficult trails run down into Hells Canyon — the deepest canyon in North America — which forms part of the border between Oregon and Idaho. But the location is popular among boaters, whitewater rafters and fishermen, and a trip down the river reveals some spectacular rocks.

18 Sep 2015

Damming the salmon

In the 1940s, the state of Idaho decided that the Salmon River would be left to flow freely while the Snake would be developed for hydroelectric power to become Idaho’s workhorse river. To date, a total of 15 dams have been built along the Snake for a variety of purposes, from irrigation to flood control to hydroelectricity. Hells Canyon is home to three hydroelectric impoundments: the Brownlee, Oxbow and Hells Canyon dams, built in 1959, 1961 and 1967, respectively. Together they have a maximum capacity of 391 megawatts of power production. 
18 Sep 2015

Travels in Geology: Australia's Whitsunday Islands: Sun, sand and silicic volcanism

Swimming and snorkeling near the Great Barrier Reef, hiking and ziplining through rainforests and waterfalls, and relaxing on a beach composed of 99 percent pure quartz sand can all be done in a couple days’ trip to the Whitsunday Islands and Queensland, Australia.

01 Sep 2015

Getting there and getting around the Whitsundays

The gateway airports to the Whitsundays are on Hamilton Island and near Proserpine on the mainland. Neither hosts direct flights from the U.S., but both connect to Sydney and Brisbane, Australia’s primary international arrival points, as well as Cairns, the most popular access point to the Great Barrier Reef. From Proserpine, Whitsunday Transit can transport you to accommodations throughout the region.
01 Sep 2015

Travels in Geology: Touring Texas' Trans-Pecos

In far southwestern Texas, west of the Pecos River and bordering Mexico lies the Trans-Pecos region, a profoundly beautiful area with a rich cultural history and fascinating and diverse geology.
04 Aug 2015

Getting There and Getting Around Texas' Trans-Pecos

If you’re driving through West Texas on Interstate 10, which runs from Jacksonville, Fla., to Santa Monica, Calif., you’ll pass right through the Trans-Pecos region. Commercial air service is also available into El Paso International Airport, located about 170 kilometers west of Guadalupe Mountains National Park. A car is necessary to get around the area; you can rent one at the airport if you choose to fly in. Fall is a great time to visit the region, once the summer heat has waned. 

04 Aug 2015

Travels in Geology: Hiking the Catskill Mountain Front

Take a trek through the geologic remnants of the last ice age on display in the Hudson River Valley.

18 Jun 2015

Getting there and getting around the Catskill Mountain Front

We began our journey near fabled Woodstock, N.Y., which is best known for the 1969 outdoor concert that did not actually occur there. Woodstock, the music festival, was held some 100 kilometers away in the village of Bethel. Nonetheless, Woodstock is an interesting town to visit, with a vibrant arts community, and is a good spot to begin your trek. Driving is the easiest way to get to Woodstock from New York City or Albany. The Overlook Mountain trailhead is just a few kilometers from the center of Woodstock. 
18 Jun 2015

Travels in Geology: Glaciers and grapes in South Australia

If you are passionate about your Earth history and your wine, there is no better travel destination than Adelaide, which boasts the type locales of two “Snowball Earth” episodes near worldclass vineyards.

17 May 2015