Southern Utah’s striking rock formations create vivid scenic desert landscapes that attract tourists, photographers and movie makers. Lately, they have also been attracting the attention of paleontologists.
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One of those hidden beauty spots that delight desert lovers, scenic Afton Canyon lies off Interstate 15 between Baker and Barstow in Southern California.
Centered in an area known as the “Arizona Riviera,” Lake Havasu City makes a great destination for a cool-season getway, with opportunities for adventurous outdoor activities as well as laid-back relaxation.
Snow-capped Charleston Peak and neighboring crags west of Las Vegas remind us that winter is here, despite balmy days on the desert floor. Every storm front moving through the area promises snow, luring crowds to the mountains.
Beautiful Dumont Dunes near Death Valley National Park attract more than 120,000 visitors annually. One of the great dune systems of the Mojave Desert, Dumont Dunes provide opportunities for a variety of outdoor adventures.
The eroded, fossil-laden landscape of the Rainbow Basin Natural Area north of Barstow, Calif., invites exploration of its multicolored formations, winding desert canyons and washes with areas of dense vegetation.
A treasury of artifacts from ancient Native American cultures awaits visitors to the Lost City Museum in Overton.
The three Colorado River raft tours offered by Black Canyon River Adventures annually provide thousands of river runners with splendid scenery, glimpses of the past, views of wildlife and access to hot springs, waterfalls and other features.
Northern Arizona’s Grand Canyon Caverns, the largest dry caverns in the United States, are popular with visitors, and the surrounding area offers year-round recreational opportunities.
Yesteryear is alive and well in old Calico, the restored ghost town in the Mojave Desert that was resurrected as a popular regional park.
Hundreds of tourists daily arrive by bus, car and aircraft at Grand Canyon West, a portion of the famous chasm cut more than a mile through northern Arizona by the Colorado River.
Located along a major avian flyway, Southern Nevada plays host to more than 350 species of birds during the fall and spring migratory seasons. Many are simply passing through, but quite a few make the desert their home.
Zion National Park in Southern Utah offers year-round opportunities for visitors to admire its gorgeous cliffs and canyons and to experience varied outdoor activities.
The Pomegranate Arts and Crafts Festival, a popular autumn event in Southern Nevada for the past 18 years, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 1 and 2 at the Clark County Fairgrounds in Logandale.
Tiny Shoshone, Calif., near Death Valley, welcomes visitors to celebrate its heritage during its annual Old West Days, scheduled for Nov. 1 to 3. This fun-filled weekend appeals to history buffs, nature lovers and folks who enjoy country music, lively dancing and barbecue.
For the past 75 years, the day that Nevada joined the union — Oct. 31, 1864 — has been celebrated with special Nevada Day events in the state capital, Carson City.
Jerome, once called “the wickedest town in the West,” now is one of Arizona’s liveliest ghost towns, billing itself as the “Ghost Capital” of the state.
The sprawl of urban Las Vegas may be just over the horizon, but you are far from civilization when you follow the Bitter Springs Trail south of Valley of Fire State Park.
The little railroad town of Caliente welcomes travelers along U.S. Highway 93, a portal to eastern Nevada’s many scenic and historic attractions. Its tree-lined streets mark a change after miles dominated by sage-covered desert.
High atop the rugged Cerbat Mountains in northwestern Arizona, two small recreation areas attract visitors who savor the pleasures of the West’s out-of-the-way places.
Recognized as one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in North America, Montezuma Castle in central Arizona annually draws about 350,000 visitors.
Monument Valley is a spellbinding landscape, instantly recognizable from hundreds of movies, advertisements and calendar scenes.
Prescott has been a hub of activity in central Arizona since frontier times. This charming Western town honors its heritage by preserving much of its past and promoting activities that spotlight arts, entertainment and history. Not many weeks go by without some festival, special event or other entertaining public gathering.
Bodie — California’s most authentic ghost town — is preserved as a state historic park and a national historic landmark. Annually, thousands of visitors explore the former gold and silver boomtown. Maintained in a state of “arrested decay,” Bodie appears much as it did when the last residents left more than 50 years ago.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, located in a region replete with scenic splendor and world-famous outdoor destinations, has developed into an unusual and absorbing attraction in its own right. The nation’s largest no-kill animal sanctuary, Best Friends is a few miles north of Kanab, Utah, and offers free tours daily, except on Christmas Day.