America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
The strange salt spire and mud landscape of Devils Golf Course stands in relief under a stormy sky in Death Valley National Park. (NPS/Kurt Moses)
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
Kayaking, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve (NPS photo)
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
The Salado culture built their cliff-dwelling community in the 13th-15th Centuries as they farmed Arizona’s Salt River valley. They were also excellent potters and textile-weavers whose work belongs in art galleries and museums alike. Modern-day Tonto National Monument preserves two of those communities and their surrounding desert setting.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
Rainbow Bridge can’t be real… can it? Reaching 290 feet above Bridge Creek, the sandstone marvel is sacred to tribes in the area. Like many of southern Utah’s features, the rock dates back to the 100-200 million years. The creek used to flow around a rock wall, but eventually it broke through and carved the “rainbow made of stone” protected by Rainbow Bridge National Monument.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
When Union troops marched west to capture a railroad junction west of Washington, they expected an easy victory and a quick end to the insurrection that had started a few months earlier at Fort Sumter. Instead, the Battle of Bull Run was the first significant battle of a civil war that would last nearly four years. The battle left 868 dead and almost 4,000 wounded or missing. In 1940, the National Park Service created Manassas National Battlefield Park, using the name of the nearby town.

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America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
America's Holy Ground & Sacred Sites: 112 Faithful Reflections for America
West Virginia’s Gauley River National Recreation Area is a great match for an ambitious getaway: The easiest way to travel in the area is on a river that includes five Class V rapids with daunting names like Sweet’s Falls, Pillow Rock, Iron Ring, Lost Paddle, Shipwreck, and Insignificant.

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