Black-Water Country: Okefenokee Swamp

Imagine a place where unusual creatures swim through mirror-top waters and exotic plants sprout from floating islands. A place where thousands of creatures serenade the setting of the sun each day. Picture waters so dark and still that the surface seems to reflect images from another world, another time. It is a world more peaceful […]

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Oasis in the Desert: Experiencing Nature in Sabino Canyon

Ringed by four mountain ranges with magical names—the Santa Catalina to the north, the Santa Rita to the south, the Rincon to the east, and the Tucson to the west—the city of Tucson is surrounded by trails. Each one winds through the rugged and sometimes otherworldly landscape of the Sonoran Desert, where saguaro cacti stand […]

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Journey Home: The Story of Paton’s Birding Haven

“Journey Home – How a Simple Act of Kindness Led to the Creation of a Living Legacy” is the story about the kind and generous couple who welcomed strangers seeking to watch hummingbirds into their Patagonia, Arizona yard for decades, asking nothing in return. The story about how this remarkable place, which became known as […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Deferred Maintenance

Mesa Verde National Park offers an excellent opportunity to see and experience the life of the Ancestral Puebloans. Spectacular cliff dwellings and mesa-top villages were built between AD 600 and 1300 when the Ancestral Puebloans migrated from the area. Visitors may walk, drive, or take a bus tour through the park. Hiking and climbing ladders in […]

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Cedar Breaks National Monument: What Makes it Great?

Hidden within the mountains above Cedar City and loosely sandwiched between two southwestern Utah national parks—Zion and Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks National Monument towers 2,000 and 4,000 feet above these parks, respectively. The monument lies 22 miles west of Cedar City, about 60 miles east of Bryce Canyon, and 80 miles north of Zion. Cedar Breaks is […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: Preserving the Works of Man

Mesa Verde National Park is like traveling back in time. Way back in time. It’s simultaneously a history lesson and an outdoor, hiking adventure for people of all ages and fitness levels. What makes it unique? The shockingly well preserved (and restored) cliff dwellings were built by the Ancestral Pueblo people between AD 600 and 1300 when […]

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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest: Connecting People With Nature

Are you looking to connect with nature? Bernheim is the place to do it. With over 15,000 acres of land, there is an adventure waiting for everyone, no matter what your interest. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is a living legacy of philanthropist and visionary, Purchased by German immigrant Isaac W. Bernheim in 1929, the land […]

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Hunting Island State Park Campground Reopens

Hunting Island State Park is located 16 miles east of the historic town of Beaufort and is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches in South Carolina. Hunting Island got its name when the island was once used by the locals for hunting deer, waterfowl and raccoon. Hunting Island, as well as Beaufort, were […]

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Mesa Verde National Park: 14 Centuries of History

Most of the national parks in the Southwest are about the landscapes, but Mesa Verde in southern Colorado is more cultural than natural. There’s still plenty of rugged scenery, but there are also more than 4,000 archaeological sites contained within Mesa Verde’s boundaries. Mesa Verde, Spanish for “green table”, offers a spectacular look into the lives of […]

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