Lake Mead National Recreation Area: Big, Diverse & Extreme

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The Colorado River is dammed on both sides of the Grand Canyon, forming two huge artificial lakes: Lake Powell and Lake Mead. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is big, it’s diverse, and it’s extreme. Temperatures can be harsh, from 120 degrees in the summer to well below freezing in winter on the high plateaus. From the mouth of the Grand […]

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Catalina State Park: Sky Island Gem

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Neighboring the Coronado National Forest, Catalina State Park is located at the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains and offers a variety of hiking trails available for on-foot travelers, bicyclists, and horse riders alike. One of southern Arizona’s numerous Sky Islands, the Santa Catalina Mountains dominate Tucson’s northern skyline. These Sky Islands are small mountain […]

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2015 National Park Service Visitation Tops 307 Million

Stretching outward, an army of saguaro cacti waved at me with their massive prickly arms. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Park Service recently certified 2015 national park visitation at more than 307 million. It also released its popular Top 10 list of the most visited national park sites. “The popularity of national parks is well known, but last year’s numbers really are extraordinary,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the […]

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Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park

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Red rock and red sand meet warm, blue waters at Sand Hollow, one of the most visited locations in the Utah State Park system. A popular destination for nearly every recreational activity—from boaters to bikers and from off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders to equestrians— Sand Hollow State Park sprawls across 20,000-acres. Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres […]

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The Winds of Organ Pipe: Diverse Sample of the Sonoran Desert

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Located 35 miles south of Ajo on Highway 85, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument preserves a diverse and relatively undisturbed sample of the Sonoran Desert. Mountains surround the park on all sides, some near, some distant, with colors changing from one hour to the next. Ninety-five percent of the monument is designated as wilderness area, […]

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The Old Pueblo: Tucson

Saguaro National Park, Rincon Unit, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Old Pueblo has attracted visitors for centuries. First occupied by ancient Paleo-Indians as far back as 12,000 years ago, Tucson, known as the Old Pueblo, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in America. The ancients were followed by the Hohokam, then the Pima and Tohono ‘O’odham tribes. Next came the Spanish in […]

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Life by the Bay: Goose Island State Park

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Lapping water and Gulf breezes: We must be on the coast! Bounded by the waters of the St. Charles, Copano, and Aransas bays, 314-acre Goose Island State Park is a coastal delight. Visitors to the Island engage in a variety of activities, including camping, birding, fishing, boating, water sports, picnicking, hiking, photography, geocaching, and wildlife observation. […]

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Joshua Tree National Park Sets Attendance Milestone & Braces For Strong El Niño

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For the first time in its 74-year history, Joshua Tree National Park topped the 2-million visitor mark, reaching the milestone Monday, December 28, 2015. Joshua trees have been described as ugly, but we have always found them fascinating. The odd-shaped stick figures offer an opportunity for your imagination to run the gamut in trying to […]

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