Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, the newest addition to Nevada's state park system, nestles in the southern tip of the state adjacent to Laughlin.
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Lake Mead National Recreation Area provides many routes for scenic drives.
A veteran of the boom-and-bust cycles common to western mining towns, Calico ghost town thrives today as a popular San Bernardino County regional park near Barstow, Calif.
Valley of Fire State Park is a good destination during any season, but the cooler months are the most attractive time to visit this beautiful spot.
The Amargosa River, a strange desert stream that runs mostly underground, meanders 185 miles through the Mojave Desert.
Death Valley National Park remains an inviting cool-season destination despite record rain and flash flooding in October that closed some roads and attractions.
Winter vacationing in the nation's scenic parks is more popular and more possible today than ever.
One of Arizona's most popular ghost towns, Oatman thrives on tourism, welcoming crowds year-round.
The largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge invites visitors to explore distinctive environments that are home to plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Despite its proximity to Las Vegas, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge remains unknown to many Southern Nevadans.
Cruise boats plying Lake Mead and the Colorado River offer daytime sightseeing tours, evening dinner cruises and opportunities for celebrating special events. The Desert Princess on Lake Mead above Hoover Dam and the Celebration on the Colorado at Laughlin are jaunty replica paddle-wheelers reminiscent of Mississippi River steamboats. The USS Riverside is a sleek modern cruiser built to motor upstream from Laughlin under the highway bridge toward Davis Dam.
Sitting on a little bluff just south of Overton in Moapa Valley, Nevada's Lost City Museum preserves remnants of thousands of years of human occupation along the Muddy River in northeastern Clark County.
One of the smallest parcels within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service domain, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a little-known oasis about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.
Across the nation, children eagerly await the last day of October for its Halloween costumes, decorations, parties and trick or treating. For Nevada children, the end of October also brings a day of no school to observe the state's Oct. 31, 1864, entry into the union as the 36th state.
Arizona boasts plenty of attractions that contribute to a thriving tourism industry, including spectacular scenery, historic towns, museums and state and national parks. To bolster its appeal to visitors, the state has joined the national movement toward agri-tourism.
A premier destination all year, Zion National Park is especially appealing in autumn.
Utah bears the scars of many mining ventures. The Mormons who colonized the region in the mid-1800s diligently explored the territory for resources.
Carved from limestone by the Logan River and its many tributaries, beautiful Logan Canyon in northeastern Utah provides access to the forested heights of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest east of the city of Logan.
Western showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody founded his namesake Wyoming town in 1896 to welcome visitors to Yellowstone National Park.
Anasazi State Park Museum near the farming community of Boulder in southern Utah preserves an important archaeological site where excavation has revealed nearly 100 structures and thousands of artifacts from prehistoric Native Americans.
A sparkling sapphire among the scenic jewels of the National Park Service, Crater Lake is unlike any other natural wonder in the country.
Nevada's emerging wine industry is expanding into new areas, offering winery visitors different experiences and opportunities for agritourism.
Southern Utah’s Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park comprises a unique geological area, the gorgeous sands colored by iron oxide from the eroding Navajo sandstone found throughout the state’s color country.
Southwestern Utah’s gorgeous Kolob Terrace sweeps from the 10,000-foot heights of the Markagunt Plateau to the cliff tops of Zion Canyon. This wild and rugged area lures campers, hikers, horsemen and fishermen.
Berlin-Ichthyosaur State Park in Central Nevada protects an abandoned 1890s boomtown and nearby fossils of huge marine reptiles dating from the time of the dinosaurs.
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