Travel Experience Like None Other: Monument Valley & Northeastern Arizona

Head into the vast landscape of northeastern Arizona and it’s as if you’ve entered another world. Highways roll endlessly along plains with not a soul in sight. The land rises imperceptibly, cliffs reveal themselves in the distance. Further exploration uncovers a canyon where ancient people once made their homes—and where some live still. The road leads on […]

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5 Underrated Arizona Destinations

Arizona is filled with tourist destinations largely unknown to those who live outside the state. Non-residents conjure images of the Grand Canyon, Sonoran Desert, or the Wild West and cowboys, but they rarely see the pine trees through the saguaro forest. Yet there are places—perhaps as a result of inconvenient location or lack of publicity—that […]

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Discover Unforgettable Things To Do in Arizona

From road trips and outdoor thrills to rejuvenating resorts and authentic local cuisine, Arizona teems with exciting travel adventures. You can experience the unforgettable exhilarating scenery, including the majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon National Park and the Sonoran Desert. Hit the links at a championship golf course. Taste wine from local vineyards and explore […]

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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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Canyon de Chelly National Monument: People Still Live Here & I Can See Why

A comparatively little-known canyon, Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “de shay”) has sandstone walls rising up to 1,000 feet, scenic overlooks, well-preserved Anasazi ruins, and an insight into the present day life of the Navajo, who still inhabit and cultivate the valley floor. People have lived in the canyon for more than 5,000 years, archaeologists believe, making it […]

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Celebrating 100 years of National Parks Service

Spider Rock, the unofficial symbol of Canyon de Chelly, is a sandstone obelisk that rises more than 800 feet from the canyon floor at the junction of Canyon de Chelly and Monument Canyon. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The National Parks Service turns 100 years old on Thursday. According to the National Parks Service, visitation reached an all-time high in 2015, with more than 307 million visitors. As the National Park Service celebrates its centennial this week, many of the parks nationwide have planned special festivals and programs to mark the anniversaries of […]

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4 Favorite “Only in Arizona” Experiences

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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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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4 Great National Parks For RVers

The US National Park Service administers a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural, historic, and recreational sites. From these Vogel Talks RVing selected four national parks that are great for RVers. Joshua Tree National Park, California Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together in Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety […]

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