National Wildlife Refuges Preserve Wild Places

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Spread across the country, America’s varied national wildlife refuges encompass more than 150 million acres of land and water. Wherever you are in the U.S., you’re likely near an iconic sign of the flying goose—the symbol of the National Wildlife Refuge System. President Theodore Roosevelt designated Florida’s tiny Pelican Island on the St. John’s River […]

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Route 66 Across Arizona

Route 66. The Will Rogers Highway. Mother Road. Main Street of America. The quintessential American Road Trip. Route 66 served travelers for some 50 years, before the advent of the interstate highway system. Established on November 11,1926, Route 66 was one of the original highways in the U.S., stretching southwestward from Chicago out to California’s coastal city of […]

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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area: Lake Powell & So Much More

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The Colorado River is dammed on both sides of the Grand Canyon, forming two huge artificial lakes: Lake Mead and Lake Powell. Encompassing over 1.25 million acres, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area stretches for hundreds of miles from Lees Ferry in Arizona to the Orange Cliffs of southern Utah. The National Recreation Area offers unparalleled opportunities for water-based […]

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2015 National Park Service Visitation Tops 307 Million

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The National Park Service recently certified 2015 national park visitation at more than 307 million. It also released its popular Top 10 list of the most visited national park sites. “The popularity of national parks is well known, but last year’s numbers really are extraordinary,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As the […]

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Mountain Island in a Desert Sea: Exploring Southern Arizona Sky Islands

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Arizona truly is a land of extremes. Temperatures vary from place to place and even day to night. Few geographic formations in the world illustrate this stark climactic contrast—and its importance to biodiversity—better than Sky Islands. Visitors to Southern Arizona are often struck by these vast mountain ranges rising suddenly out of the desert and […]

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Red Sand Meet Blue Waters at Sand Hollow State Park

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Red rock and red sand meet warm, blue waters at Sand Hollow, one of the most visited locations in the Utah State Park system. A popular destination for nearly every recreational activity—from boaters to bikers and from off-highway vehicle (OHV) riders to equestrians— Sand Hollow State Park sprawls across 20,000-acres. Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres […]

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