Utah bears the scars of many mining ventures. The Mormons who colonized the region in the mid-1800s diligently explored the territory for resources.
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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.
Horses and riders will thunder across more than 400 miles of Nevada this week during the annual 10-day re-ride of the Pony Express route of 1860-61.
Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada boasts the state’s only glacier, a subterranean wonderland in Lehman Caves, some of the world’s oldest trees, nearly 50 miles of fishing streams, 60 miles of hiking trails, and dazzling nights beneath some of the nation’s darkest skies.
Nevada Basques annually honor their heritage during two summer festivals. The two-day Winnemucca Basque Festival gets underway Saturday at the convention center.
A lush oasis where the Great Basin and Mojave Desert intersect, Pahranagat Valley in southern Lincoln County offers glimpses of a long and varied history.
The ghost town of Delamar was once one of Nevada’s richest gold producers. Today its ruins nestle against a serrated range of wooded mountains south of U.S. Highway 93 on the way to Caliente.
Located about 160 miles north of Las Vegas, the park occupies more than 1,600 acres atop an ancient lake bed formed of volcanic ash, clay and silt called Bentonite.
Once a lawless boomtown, historic Pioche invites visitors to explore its colorful past. In its heyday, Pioche was home to about 10,000 residents, more than 10 times the number who call it home today.
Red Cliffs Recreation Area near St. George, Utah, is a scenic gem just off busy Interstate 15 along pretty Quail Creek.
The ghost town of Goodsprings, about 30 miles south of Las Vegas, was once the center of the richest mining district in Clark County.
The two-lane highway from Searchlight to Nipton, Calif., runs 21 miles through scenic high desert and rugged foothills. It often boasts a fair springtime show of desert wildflowers, many varieties of cactus and an extensive forest of Joshua trees.
State Route 170, the Bunkerville-Mesquite Loop Road, runs less than 15 miles along the banks of the Virgin River. It’s a peaceful side trip into history, a route that approximates the Old Spanish Trail.
Symbols of a bygone era, vintage railroad depots survive across Nevada. They represent an era when dozens of railroads connected Nevada’s boomtowns, mining camps and cities with the rest of the country.
Hoover Dam, which turns 80 years old this year, is an engineering marvel that attracts nearly a million visitors annually to its location on the Colorado River just 30 miles from Las Vegas
Scotty’s Castle is about 150 miles from Las Vegas. Follow Highway 95 north through Beatty to Scotty’s Junction. Questions about who owned the mansion existed for a long time because of tall tales told by Walter Scott, a colorful character better known as Death Valley Scotty.
A portion of Nevada’s colorful railroading past comes to life at the Nevada Southern Railroad Museum in Boulder City.
Travelers along some of Nevada’s major highways follow the historic footsteps of centuries-old trails. Head north into Utah on Interstate 15, or west into Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and over the mountains into Pahrump Valley, and you retrace part of the Old Spanish Trail, the oldest transportation corridor in the state.
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