Springtime in the Smokies

Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited national park in America with over 11 million visitors a year. That is more than the number of visits of the next two national parks combined. From photo-worthy vistas to outdoor recreation and everything in between, this most-visited national park offers something for everyone. Any season is a […]

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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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Summertime in Cedar Breaks National Monument

At an elevation of over 10,000 feet, Cedar Breaks National Monument looks down into a majestic geologic amphitheater, a three-mile long cirque of eroding limestone, shale, and sandstone. Situated on the western edge of the Markagunt Plateau, this raised area of earth located in Southern Utah between Interstate 15 and Highway 89, sits entirely above 10,000 feet. […]

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Visiting Picacho Peak State Park 

Visitors traveling along I-10 in southern Arizona can’t miss the prominent 1,500-foot peak of Picacho Peak State Park. Enjoy the view as you hike the trails that wind up the peak and, often in the spring you’ll overlook a sea of Mexican gold poppies and other wildflowers. The park and surrounding area are known for […]

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Alamo Lake State Park: Fishing, Camping, Wildflowers & More

Offering a scenic, cacti-studded landscape with a mountainous backdrop, Alamo Lake is tucked away in the Bill Williams River Valley. In addition to picturesque desert scenery, Alamo Lake State Park has much to offer its visitors recreationally. The area is known for its exceptional bass fishing opportunities, as well as canoeing, kayaking, and camping. For […]

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Beauty of The Desert: Arizona in Bloom

Growing up in Alberta I always feuded with winter, a cantankerous, disagreeable season that seemingly lasted forever. As a snowbird, I take great delight in rambling around the desert in shorts and T-shirt searching for signs of wildflowers. Many people consider Arizona to be a land of two seasons, summer and the absence of summer. But us […]

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