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.
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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.
Walnut Canyon is an eroded gash in the forested plateau surrounding Flagstaff, Ariz. The canyon contains 20 miles of diverse habitat along a creek named for the native Arizona walnut trees that grow there. Early pioneers discovered that they were not the first settlers in the area when they found ancient cliff dwellings tucked into ledges beneath the rim of the canyon.
In summer and fall, the high country east of Cedar City, Utah, easily accessible for Southern Nevadans, offers cooler temperatures, splendid scenery and ample outdoor recreation opportunities.
Summer and fall are brief but glorious seasons in Southern Utah’s high country, where snow blankets the forests nearly half of the year. Cedar Breaks National Monument, located atop a 10,600-foot plateau, draws more than a half-million visitors during the few months a year that it is open.
One of the prettiest side roads in Nevada, the Success Summit Loop near Ely packs a lot of scenery into 38 miles. The route climbs over a high forested summit after leaving U.S. Highway 93 either north or south of Ely and remains open from snowmelt to snowfall, usually from April through mid-November.
The Hualapai Mountains, just 14 miles from the desert city of Kingman, Ariz., provide opportunities for year-round recreation.
Independence Day weekend brings a unique double celebration to Elko.
In Nevada, where it’s been dubbed the Great Basin Highway, scenic U.S. Highway 93 runs from the Arizona border to the Idaho border, along the way accessing historic towns, several state parks, hundreds of miles of off-highway vehicle trails and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Side roads exploring Southern Utah offer a lot of scenery, history and recreation potential without the crowds typically found at the area’s major attractions.
Everybody enjoys getting a freebie now and then. You can save a few dollars on recreation on the days when state and national parks waive their entrance fees or states offer free fishing.
Southern Utah’s dramatic geological features and vividly colored sandstone formations invite visitors to explore and take a closer look.