These State Parks Have All the Beauty of National Parks and None of the Crowds

Every year from Washington to Virginia and Montana to Arizona, throngs pour into U.S. national parks and preserves to climb towering cliffs, hike through misty forests, and capture the perfect selfie at the grandest of canyons. Widespread appreciation for protected lands is a good thing, but national parks’ overwhelming popularity also has downsides. There are […]

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America’s Best 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, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Great Smoky Mountains. State parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the […]

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Immense Cliffs & Stunning Overlooks: Dead Horse Point

Millions of years of geologic activity created the spectacular views from Dead Horse Point State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Featuring immense cliffs carved by the elements and stunning overlooks, Dead Horse Point State Park draws you in with its breathtaking landscapes, dark starlit skies, and […]

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5 Great State Parks

In an earlier post I detailed My 5 Favorite State Parks. With nearly 8,000 state park in America, there are hundreds of state parks worthy of a visit. Here are 5 Great State Parks. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California The largest state park in the contiguous United States, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is flanked by rugged […]

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Steep Cliffs and Towering Spires: Dead Horse Point State Park, UT

Dead Horse Point State Park is perhaps Utah’s most spectacular state park. The park lies on the same broad mesa as The Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands National Park. Dead Horse Point is a peninsula of rock atop sheer sandstone cliffs about 6,000 feet above sea level. Two thousand feet below, the Colorado […]

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