4 Must-See Arizona National Parks

Life abounds in the Sonoran Desert at Organ Pipe National Monunent, southern Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Few places in America offer such startling variety as Arizona. Deep canyons give way to rugged snow-capped mountains. Lush forests melt away into arid deserts. Native American reservations dot a state with burgeoning cities like Phoenix and Tucson. Oh, and did I mention the natural wonders scattered throughout the state. One of the best ways […]

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Birds, Butterflies & Winter Texans Love Mission

A haven for birders and butterfly enthusiasts, Mission is located about 250 miles south of San Antonio in the Rio Grande Valley. Located on the southernmost tip of Texas, this semi-tropical paradise is not really a valley but a delta or floodplain containing many oxbow lakes or resacas formed from pinched-off meanders in earlier courses of the Rio Grande. This unique region encompasses no fewer […]

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My 5 Favorite State Parks

Every year, America’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon. These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone […]

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Bentsen Palm Village Awarded 2012 Park of the Year

Bentsen Palm Village has received the campground industry’s highest honor, the Park of the Year Award, from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). The 250-site campground won the award in the medium size park category, which is based on several criteria, including customer service, employee training, operational excellence, national directory ratings, and […]

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