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Celebrate Old West Days in Shoshone, Calif.

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.

Prescott, Ariz., preserves, celebrates its storied past

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.

California ghost town provides peek into past

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.

Find a furry friend at Utah animal sanctuary

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.

Arizona's Walnut Canyon home to ancient cliff dwellings

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.