Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Stunning Stillness & Unforgettable Beauty

The park’s name was derived, in part, from that of an early Spanish explorer, Juan Bautista de Anza, who came through in 1774 in search of a land route from Sonora, Mexico, to Spanish settlements along the California coast. The explorer’s name is combined with “borrego”, the Spanish word for bighorn sheep that live in […]

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Borrego Springs: Stars, Art & Citrus In A Laidback Desert Town

Smack in the middle of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park lies the unpretentious town of Borrego Springs, population 3,429. It’s the only California town that is completely surrounded by a state park, and that’s just one item on its list of bragging rights. It’s also an official International Dark Sky Community—the first in California—dedicated to protecting […]

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Getting Back to Nature in Arizona

As a culture we rely more than ever on electronics to make our lives easier, although the opposite is typically true. By spending time “unplugged” and getting back to nature, your mind—and eyes—will be more open to the world around you. Fortunately, Arizona State Parks and Trails has numerous campgrounds for you to take extended […]

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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park: Badlands, Palm Oases, Canyons & More

This park’s combo name, pairing the name of famed Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza who crossed this desert in 1774, and the Spanish word for sheep (“borrego”)—referring to the region’s native bighorn sheep, this desert preserve—California’s largest state park—protects more than 600,000 acres of badlands, palm oases, slot canyons, and cactus-studded hills. Situated northeast […]

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Serenading The Sonoran Desert: Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The remote Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument is a gem tucked away in southern Arizona’s vast Sonoran Desert. Thanks to its unique crossroads locale, the monument is home to a wide range of specialized plants and animals, including its namesake. This stretch of desert marks the northern range of the organ pipe cactus, a rare […]

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Desert Solitude: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park became California’s first desert park in 1933. Anza-Borrego was named for a Spanish explorer and an animal inhabitant. It was through Borrego Valley that Juan Bautista de Anza discovered the first land route to California. This happened five years after Father Junípero Serra had founded the first mission in San Diego. In 1774 […]

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Okefenokee Swamp: A Very Special Place

A very special place, the Okefenokee Swamp offers so much, one could spend a lifetime and still not see and do everything. The Okefenoke is vast, with almost 402,000 acres (that’s roughly 300,000 football fields in size) of cypress forest, marsh, lakes, and islands. Filled with alligators, Sandhill cranes, red-cockaded woodpeckers and over 400 other […]

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Marvelous Mobile Bay: Dauphin Island

Near the mouth of Mobile Bay, Dauphin Island, provides a getaway atmosphere with attractions aimed at the family. Graced with all the necessities, Dauphin Island allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of more developed areas. Back in 1699 the French explorer Le Moyne d’Iberville landed on the island and started a […]

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