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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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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Top 5 Arizona State & National Parks

The Grand Canyon may already be on your bucket list (and for good reason), but it’s fair to say that the state of Arizona has a lot more to offer than its celebrity park: It’s home to 21 National Park Service sites and 27 state parks. Arizona has a reputation for being all desert, sand, and cactus, […]

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Mobile Bay: Gateway To The Gulf

Along the northern perimeter of Mobile Bay, a network of rivers forms a wildlife-rich delta that beckons canoeists and nature-lovers. Fishermen and sailboat enthusiasts relish the bay itself. On the south shore, where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, white sand beaches lure swimmers, shell hunters, and sunset photographers. Located in the wetlands of […]

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6 Texas State Parks With Spectacular Outdoor Recreation & Camping

When it’s about camping and outdoor recreation, nothing can beat Texas. It is so diverse that it would be hard for any other state to compete with it in any aspect. Camping in Texas has something for every camper. You just name it, and you’ll find it here. More than 20 million visitors enter Texas […]

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Round ‘Em Up: The Ground Rumbles & The Dust Flies

In 1956 a small herd of bison was reintroduced into the park and has grown and has grown to the point where it has to be carefully managed. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Feel the thunder and join the herd at the annual Custer State Park Buffalo Roundup. Each fall, the ground rumbles and the dust flies as cowboys, cowgirls, and park crews drive the thundering herd of approximately 1,300 buffalo (number of animals vary depending on rangeland conditions). Up to 20 volunteer cowboys and cowgirls are selected […]

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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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