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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Mountain Island in a Desert Sea: Exploring Southern Arizona Sky Islands

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Arizona truly is a land of extremes. Temperatures vary from place to place and even day to night. Few geographic formations in the world illustrate this stark climactic contrast—and its importance to biodiversity—better than Sky Islands. Visitors to Southern Arizona are often struck by these vast mountain ranges rising suddenly out of the desert and […]

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4 Favorite “Only in Arizona” Experiences

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Every now and then, you experience a moment and think, “Only in Arizona.” Perhaps it’s a particularly gorgeous sunset framed by giant saguaros or cheering on the Oatman Bed Races as they propel beds through Oatman streets at breakneck speeds. There are places around the state where such moments reliably occur and they all share […]

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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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Exploring The Parks: Saguaro National Park In Spring

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As the snow continues to pile up in the northern U.S. and Canada, thoughts not surprisingly turn to warm weather settings. Saguaro National Park in southern Arizona is a great place to explore in early spring. The saguaros are the highlight of this national park, of course. The scenery is spectacular and captures the beauty that […]

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