New Na­tional Park Ser­vice sites ripe for visit

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - TRAVEL - Tracy L. Bar­nett Spe­cial for USA TO­DAY

Some of our na­tional pre­served lands are meant to in­spire awe and won­der with their sheer mag­nif­i­cence. Other sites run by the Na­tional Park Ser­vice are more mod­est, pro­vok­ing cu­rios­ity and re­flec­tion about our coun­try’s past. As the NPS marks its cen­ten­nial, these are the new­est pro­tected spots un­der its care. in-situ — that is, in the ground where they were found.

CHRISTINA MARTS, NA­TIONAL PARK SER­VICE

Katahdin Woods and Wa­ters Na­tional Mon­u­ment is a 87,500-acre ex­panse in the Maine North Woods. It of­fers great views and is home to abun­dant wildlife.

NA­TIONAL PARK SER­VICE

The Valles Caldera Na­tional Pre­serve is home to the sec­ond­largest elk herd in New Mex­ico.

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