Category Archives: State Parks

Valley of Fire State Park: Simply WOW!

The lights! The glitz! The shine! From the bizarre to the beautiful, Las Vegas has it all: New York, NY, The Venetian, Caesars Palace, and Paris—and the Bellagio water fountain show. When the neon of Vegas becomes too much, head … Continue reading

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Alabama State Parks Celebrate 75 Years

From the beaches of the Gulf Coast to the Appalachian foothills, Alabama State Parks reflect every facet of the state’s rich natural landscape and in 2014 the state’s park system will celebrate a milestone—its 75th anniversary. The parks system preserves … Continue reading

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Welcome the New Year with a New Tradition

For most of us, New Year’s traditions revolve around indoor activities—eating and watching football. However, an outdoor activity could make your holiday rituals even more fun and an invigorating way to kick off the New Year. America’s State Parks First … Continue reading

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Warm Deals for Snowbirds at Georgia State Parks

The seasons have changed and winter has arrived, which means that Georgia State Parks has one for the birds — the sun-seeking snowbirds, that is. It’s time for the annual migration when residents from points north seek warm southern sunshine. … Continue reading

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Bighorn Sheep Return to Catalina State Park

One of southern Arizona’s numerous “sky islands”, the Santa Catalina Mountains dominate Tucson’s northern skyline. These sky islands are small mountain ranges that rise steeply from the desert floor and often feature a cool and relatively moist climate at their … Continue reading

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Fourteen-year-old Girl Finds 3.85-carat Diamond

After hearing about the 5.16-carat, honey brown diamond found at the Crater of Diamonds State Park on July 31 by 12-year-old Michael Dettlaff of Apex, North Carolina, 14-year-old Tana Clymer and her family from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, decided to experience Arkansas’ … Continue reading

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2.13 ct. Brown Diamond Unearthed at the Crater

Clay Jarvis of San Antonio, Texas, has been fascinated by diamonds since he was boy, when at age 10 he visited a diamond cutting facility in Amsterdam, Holland. Recently, the business and commercial builder was working on a project in … Continue reading

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A Fascinating Story Behind 2 Diamonds

“I frequently receive emailed questions about the Crater of Diamonds State Park and its diamond mine,” wrote Margi Jenks, Park Interpreter in a Crater of Diamonds State Park news release. “However, the inbox on July 18th contained an unusual email that … Continue reading

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12-Year-Old Boy Finds 5.16-Carat Diamond at Crater of Diamonds

While traveling to Fayetteville, Arkansas, to spend some summer vacation time with family there, the Dettlaff family from Apex, North Carolina, decided to drive 100 miles out of their way to have some fun at Crater of Diamonds State Park. … Continue reading

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St. Martinville: Where Cajun Began

As one of the oldest surviving towns in Louisiana, St. Martinville retains many buildings and homes reflecting the beautiful architecture of days gone by. St. Martinville has become symbolic of the Acadian legacy, holding sacred the history and legends of … Continue reading

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