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Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge: A Birding Hotspot

UFO sightings may have put Roswell, New Mexico, on the map, but at nearby Bitter Lake National Wildlife Refuge, strange creatures are more than visitors. They inhabit odd sinkholes, playa lakes, seeps, and gypsum springs fed by an underground river. Straddling the Pecos River the Refuge consists of an assortment of water habitats. Numerous seeps and […]

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Arizona Awesome: Fall For Arizona

Leaf peeping in Arizona? The answer—which may come as a surprise—is a resounding “yes.” Between high-elevation forests, shaded canyons, riparian zones, and sky islands—those isolated mountain ranges surrounded by desert—the state offers plenty of hikes, drives, and picnic options for those who want to surround themselves in autumnal hues. Timing? Look for Arizona fall color […]

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Breaux Bridge: Crawfish Capital of the World

Nestled along the banks of the slow-rolling Bayou Teche, Breaux Bridge, the “Crawfish Capital of the World,” is a gorgeous historic town with world-class restaurants and a thriving Cajun music and folk art scene. Conveniently located just off I-10 at Exit 109, three hours east of Houston and two hours west of New Orleans, Breaux Bridge is a great […]

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5 Underrated Arizona Destinations

Arizona is filled with tourist destinations largely unknown to those who live outside the state. Non-residents conjure images of the Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, or the Wild West and cowboys, but they rarely see the pine trees through the saguaro forest. Yet there are places—perhaps as a result of inconvenient location or lack of publicity—that […]

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Getting Back to Nature in Arizona

As a culture we rely more than ever on electronics to make our lives easier, although the opposite is typically true. By spending time “unplugged” and getting back to nature, your mind—and eyes—will be more open to the world around you. Fortunately, Arizona State Parks and Trails has numerous campgrounds for you to take extended […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Badlands, Palm Oases, Canyons & More

This park’s combo name, pairing the name of famed Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza who crossed this desert in 1774, and the Spanish word for sheep (“borrego”)—referring to the region’s native bighorn sheep, this desert preserve—California’s largest state park—protects more than 600,000 acres of badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. Situated northeast […]

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Desert Solitude: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park became California’s first desert park in 1933. Anza-Borrego was named for a Spanish explorer and an animal inhabitant. It was through Borrego Valley that Juan Bautista de Anza discovered the first land route to California. This happened five years after Father Junípero Serra had founded the first mission in San Diego. In 1774 […]

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Top 5 Arizona State & National Parks

The Grand Canyon may already be on your bucket list (and for good reason), but it’s fair to say that the state of Arizona has a lot more to offer than its celebrity park: It’s home to 21 National Park Service sites and 27 state parks. Arizona has a reputation for being all desert, sand, and cactus, […]

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