Borrego Springs: Stars, Art & Citrus In A Laidback Desert Town

Smack in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies the unpretentious town of Borrego Springs, population 3,429. It’s the only California town that is completely surrounded by a state park, and that’s just one item on its list of bragging rights. It’s also an official International Dark Sky Community—the first in California—dedicated to protecting […]

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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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Way Down South In…Utah

Dixie has it all: mild weather, red rock hiking, proximity to national and state parks, golf—even a little cotton. Since the early 1860s when Mormon pioneers came to the far southwestern corner of Utah to grow cotton, the Washington County area has been known as Utah’s Dixie. The communities of St. George, Hurricane, and Springdale […]

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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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Arizona Has It All

Like many other western states, Arizona is a land of paradoxes. Deep canyons give way to rugged mountains. Ponderosa pine forests merge into arid deserts. Native American reservations dot a state with major metropolitan areas like Phoenix and Tucson. From eroded red rock formations to large urban centers, from the Grand Canyon’s stunning vistas to […]

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Christmas 2017 Message from Vogel Talks RVing

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! It’s Christmas week, the most wonderful time of the year. Merry Christmas fellow RVers, campers, snowbirds and Winter Texans, wanna-bes, birders, photographers, hikers, and everyone who loves the great out-of-doors…and all readers! Thank you for your readership this past year! Best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a safe and […]

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Best Lakes in Arizona

Arizona is home to large cities, Indian reservations, deserts, forests, and towering peaks, as well as the Grand Canyon National Park and Petrified Forest National Park. There is no coastline in the state, though it is home to some spectacular lakes. Check out our list of the 5 best lakes in Arizona: Bartlett Lake Located in […]

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Mobile Bay: Gateway To The Gulf

Along the northern perimeter of Mobile Bay, a network of rivers forms a wildlife-rich delta that beckons canoeists and nature-lovers. Fishermen and sailboat enthusiasts relish the bay itself. On the south shore, where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, white sand beaches lure swimmers, shell hunters, and sunset photographers. Located in the wetlands of […]

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6 Texas State Parks With Spectacular Outdoor Recreation & Camping

When it’s about camping and outdoor recreation, nothing can beat Texas. It is so diverse that it would be hard for any other state to compete with it in any aspect. Camping in Texas has something for every camper. You just name it, and you’ll find it here. More than 20 million visitors enter Texas […]

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