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Desert Wildflowers - 2013 Season
The most beautiful event in the deserts of the American Southwest is the spring wildflower season. During a good year, the profusion
of color provides a spectacular contrast to the normally arid landscape. To get the best displays there must be heavy rains
the previous autumn. This happens perhaps once every seven years. In October 2000, southern Arizona received heavy and persistent
rains with spectacular results. Our current season (2012-3) has been moderate, and we have observed some fine displays at Scottsdale, Arizona's McDowell Sonoran Preserve.
Lassen Volcanic National Park - The Trail to Bumpass Hell
Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California combines beautiful mountain woodlands, lakes and meadows with numerous volcanos and fascinating volcanic hydrothermal phenomena indicating the region continues to be active. Features include roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground. Ample rain and snowmelt feeds the hydrothermal system and enhances its activity. The park's features are rather similar to the more famous Yellowstone National Park (but there are no true geysers) but on a much smaller scale. (More...)
Goffs, California - Desert Outpost on Historic Route 66
Goffs, California offers a surprising contrast to the other ghost towns on Historic Route 66 in the Mojave Desert. It is alive and well thanks to the Goffs Cultural Center which features the Goffs Schoolhouse restored to its original 1914 condition, a modern library focusing on the history and culture of the Mojave Desert, an outdoor museum with many fascinating farming, mining, and railroad relics, and a nature trail. The center was created by historian and desert enthusiast, Dennis Casebier, founder of the Mojave Desert and Cultural Association. It is also the starting point for the historic Mojave Road.
California Whale Watching
This past summer has been outstanding for whale watching on the Central Coast of California. Humpback whales have been active and close to shore...they generally feed in the nutrient-rich waters of the central coast from about May to October. (More...)
Navajo National Monument - Touring Betatakin & Keet Seel Ruins
Navajo National Monument in northern Arizona offers guided tours of two outstanding cliff dwellings dating to the 13th century, Betatakin and Keet Seel. Read my recently discovered journal which describes both tours in complete detail.
The Rock Art of Horseshoe Canyon
Horseshoe Canyon, a detached section of Canyonlands National Park in a remote section of southeast Utah, features some of the world's greatest rock art. The Great Gallery is the most well-known and spectacular of the canyon's four major panels. Horseshoe Canyon itself is spectacular with steep sandstone walls... (More...)
Grand Canyon National Park:
Arizona's Fossil Creek
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- FEATURE STORY - Kicks on Historic Route 66, America's most beloved highway. This is a diverse multi-part story with many great photos!
Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park offers some of the Southwest's most famous and unusual scenery. Its Navajo name, Tsé Bii' Ndzisgaii, means "Valley of the Rocks". The high desert landscape on the border of Arizona and Utah is a fantastic wonderland...
- Lower Antelope Canyon - Photographers' Fantasyland.
Become a superstar photographers for a day by visiting Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, exquisite "slot canyons", abounding with fantastic and easily accessible photo opportunities.
- The Wave - "Stone Tsunami in a Sandstone Ocean".
You need to get lucky to visit the magnificent Wave in Coyote Buttes North of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, one of the world's most well-known and surreal landscapes.
- Remote Adventure at Coyote Buttes South.
The companion site to the more famous Wave, the adjacent Coyote Buttes South features an exciting drive on remote roads and at-large exploration of an untrailed wilderness.
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- Free Entrance Days in National Parks. Includes dates in January, April, June, September, and November.
- Highway US-89 Remains Closed south of Page, Arizona due to a recent landslide. This impacts travelers between Lake Powell and points south, such as Flagstaff or the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The detour, using AZ-98 and US-160, adds about fifty miles each way.
- Grand Canyon National Park News. A new trail and parking lot has been opened to Grand Canyon visitors. The Tusayan Greenway trail extends six miles from the town of Tusayan to the Mather Point Visitor Center at the South Rim. Visitors staying in Tusayan (the nearest town to the park) may leave their vehicles in the new parking lot at the trailhead, then hike, bike, or ride horseback into the park on the new trail, or take the free shuttle bus into the park.
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