National Geographic : 1958 May
Ektachrome by Josef Muench (above) ; Kodachromes by Ralph Gray (opposite, above) and Edwards Park (below), National Geographic Staff © N.G.S . Shaggy giant yuccas stud Dagger Flat in Big Bend National Park, Texas. Land of pink deserts, pifion-clad hills, and forested mountains, Big Bend hugs the Mexican border where the Rio Grande makes a sweeping U-turn. Congress established the park in 1944. Hundreds of rock-hard trees litter Petrified Forest National Monument, Arizona. This tree, a pine, is called Broken Bridge; one section forms a keystone arch. Below: Young visitors attempt to decipher eight-century-old Indian petroglyphs on News 640 paper Rock, Petrified Forest. Father prefers a paper he can read.