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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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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National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years

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It’s time to celebrate! The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016. In honor of this amazing year, we have launched an on-going series on America’s National Parks Centennial, dedicated to the enjoyment and beauty of America’s national parks. The Act of March 1, 1872 established Yellowstone National Park as a public park. Following the establishment of […]

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A Southern Gem: 13 Reasons To Visit Tucson

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The real, natural southwest captivates the imaginations of visitors fortunate enough to spend time in Tucson. Tucson is located in the Sonoran Desert, the only place in the world the majestic saguaro cactus grows. These tall and ancient cactus stand like silent sentinels in the shadows of the five mountain ranges surrounding the Tucson valley. […]

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Creole Nature Trail: Where Natural Wonderlands Abound

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One place in Southwest Louisiana that never ceases to amaze is the Creole Nature Trail, a 180-miles-long scenic byway where natural wonderlands abound. Affectionately known as Louisiana’s Outback, the Creole Nature Trail is a journey into one of America’s Last Great Wildernesses. Part of America’s Byway’s system, the Creole Nature Trail is known for its distinct […]

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Madera Canyon in the Santa Rita Mountains

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A world-renowned location for bird watching, Madera Canyon is a major resting place for migrating species, while the extensive trail system of the Santa Rita Mountains is easily accessed from the Canyon’s campground and picnic areas. In the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains, one of southeast Arizona’s forested Sky Islands, the cool refuge […]

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13 Icons That Describe Arizona

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Try and describe Arizona—its history, geography, and cultures—and a few iconic names and places likely come to mind. At some point, you’ll get around to explaining how people living in Arizona’s deserts survive the scorch of summer. But you probably won’t be able to hide your bliss about what keeps you and other snowbirds returning […]

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