Western communities celebrate the joys of winter with festivals, athletic events and a very famous cowboy poetry showcase.
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Art, nature, food, history — it could take a month, a year or even a lifetime to drink in everything Scottsdale, Ariz., has to offer. But three or four days may be enough for a memorable sip.
Winter visitors to beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park find a different place from the one they experience the rest of the year. The vividly colored formations that characterize this forested wonderland at the edge of a dramatically eroded plateau stand in sharp contrast to wintry skies, their shapes etched and outlined in frosty white.
Keyhole Canyon, a steep-walled box canyon south of Railroad Pass off U.S. Highway 95, harbors ancient rock art and offers challenging rock-climbing routes.
One way to beat the January blues is by taking a day trip to nearby Death Valley National Park, Calif. Depending on where you live in the Las Vegas Valley, you can be at the hub of the park, Furnace Creek, in 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
Winter creates frosty landscapes and snowy calendar scenes that Grand Canyon visitors the rest of the year will miss.
Fun winter activities abound in Brian Head, Utah, from skiing and snowboarding to tubing and snowmobiling. Or perhaps you’d enjoy a sleigh ride around town or a pleasant evening around the fireplace.
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway finds itself next to Santa Claus House, Macy’s and Disney’s Hollywood Studios as some of the best places across the country to see Christmas lights.
Nevada’s 23 state parks, recreation areas and historic sites attract nearly 3.5 million visitors annually. Nearly all of the parks remain open all year, though weather and road conditions limit winter access to some remote parks.
Outside the urban Las Vegas Valley, vast portions of Nevada invite exploration. Neighboring Lincoln County offers open space, scenic vistas, historic small towns, widely varied recreation and fascinating side roads into Nevada’s outback.
Southern Nevadans seeking nearby outings on short winter days cannot go wrong with Lake Mead’s Northshore Road. This 62-mile scenic drive within Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers sweeping views of the lake, colorful desert panoramas and rugged mountains.
The nostalgic trek into the woods to pick out the family Christmas tree is a tradition that survives in Western states such as Nevada where tree cutting is allowed on forested public lands.
At almost 3.4 million acres, Death Valley easily ranks as the largest national park in the lower 48. Luckily, there are plenty of memorable places to visit in the part of the park closest to Las Vegas and in the desert along the way.
One of Utah’s newest and most popular recreation sites, Sand Hollow State Park near Hurricane offers year-round fun and adventure in a scenic setting. It attracts campers, boaters, anglers, off-road enthusiasts, hikers and horseback trail riders.
More than 250 panels of petroglyphs have been mapped in Grapevine Canyon near Laughlin. The easily accessed desert canyon is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
From the snow-dusted peaks of Arizona’s San Francisco Mountains to the fire-singed hillsides surrounding Los Alamos, New Mexico, Mother Nature is signaling that fall is here.
From fine arts to rugged hikes and a deeply revered history, Prescott, Ariz., offers a wealth of activities and sights for visitors.
Cooler autumn temperatures usher in the best season to visit the sprawling Mojave National Preserve. The 1.6 million-acre Southern California preserve encompasses a scenic and historic portion of the Mojave Desert.
Cerca country celebrates Nevada, offers late-season festivals and events, and gears up for the holidays in November.
Money really does grow on trees in autumn in New England, and all six states are raking it in. Officials say tourists will spend upward of $3 billion to catch a glimpse of the red, yellow and orange hues — and the windfall is steadily rising as the economy regains strength.
Sparsely populated Lincoln County comprises old towns, ancient rock art, numerous all-terrain vehicle trails and five outstanding areas preserved as state parks. Visit this autumn and you’ll enjoy seasonal color until the snow flies.
Visitors to Seattle’s Space Needle are treated to a gorgeous view of this waterfront city when skies are clear and the sun is shining.
Visitors to Flagstaff, Ariz., can learn about native cultures at the Museum of Northern Arizona and see glimpses of the region’s fascinating past on scenic side trips to three nearby national monuments.
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