Alamo Lake State Park: Fishing, Camping, Wildflowers & More

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Offering a scenic, cacti-studded landscape with a mountainous backdrop, Alamo Lake is tucked away in the Bill Williams River Valley. In addition to picturesque desert scenery, Alamo Lake State Park has much to offer its visitors recreationally. The area is known for its exceptional bass fishing opportunities, as well as canoeing, kayaking, and camping. For […]

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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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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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Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park


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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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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