Top 5 Destinations in the Southwest & What to Consider When Planning

The American Southwest is a land of dreams and romance. The call of the west has pulled people from far and wide for at least as long as history records. It’s a place of contradictions and surprises: endless open plains and rolling hills, towering craggy mountains and deep empty canyons, lush vegetation, and deep desolation. […]

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A Journey of Incredible Beauty: Trail of the Ancients

In earlier articles, A Journey Worth Taking: Trail of the Ancients and A Journey of Discovery: Trail of the Ancients, we introduced the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. We began our journey of incredible beauty east of Monticello and traveled to Blanding, Natural Bridges National Monument, Moki Dugway, Valley of the Gods, Mexican Hat, […]

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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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13 Icons That Describe Arizona

Try and describe Arizona—its history, geography, and cultures—and a few iconic names and places likely come to mind. At some point, you’ll get around to explaining how people living in Arizona’s deserts survive the scorch of summer. But you probably won’t be able to hide your bliss about what keeps you and other snowbirds returning […]

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Magnificent Monument Valley: Where God Put The West

Straddling the Utah and Arizona border on a Navajo Tribal Park, this vast desert valley is punctuated by red siltstone buttes. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

One of the most iconic and enduring landmarks of the American Wild West, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park has isolated sandstone mesas, buttes, and a sandy desert that has been photographed and filmed countless times. Monument Valley boasts crimson mesas, surreal sandstone towers which range in height from 400 to 1,000 feet. Made of de […]

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