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Utah state park preserves Anasazi ruins, artifacts

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.

Utah’s Kolob Terrace boasts rugged beauty

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.

Once-rich Delamar now crumbling ghost town

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.

Follow scenic byway to historic Nipton, Calif.

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.

Touring Hoover Dam is powerful experience

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 built on foundation of tall tales

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.

Retrace historic footsteps along Old Spanish Trail

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.

Want to go birdwatching?

Springtime in the desert is the premier birdwatching season, when thousands of avian visitors follow a major international flyway northward as winter retreats.