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Posts for National Parks Category

Upper Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon lies in the great Navajo Nation wherein meanders down from the hills into lake Powell. Antelope Canyon has a few different bits and…

Grand Canyon: Village to Visitor Center

Grand Canyon's Trail of Time Starting from Vankamp's Visitor Center of the Grand Canyon Village, we hiked the South Rim trail along the newly created…

Glen Canyon River Trip

While at the Grand Canyon visitors center I'd read that tour guides ran calm water rafting trips from Glen Canyon Dam down the Colorado river…

Grand Canyon: Desert View Drive

Grand Canyon's Desert View Point Just south of Mather Point, we took Desert View Drive eastward for about 23 miles to reach Desert View Watchtower.…

Grand Canyon Village Historic District

If you’re into history, the Grand Canyon Village within the Grand Canyon National Park is an excellent place to explore and most of the buildings…

Grand Canyon: Hermit’s Rest to Bright Angel

The best way to see the Grand Canyon without punishing yourself on a heart-bursting in-and-out hike of the canyon is to hike the Rim Trail.…

Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monuments

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is one of three national monuments near Flagstaff Arizona. We alternated our site-seeing between the…

Montezuma Castle, Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot

Arizona is packed with National Monuments, having more than any other state. Everywhere we go in the state there are amazing things to see and…

Navigating Grand Canyon National Park

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park on the South Rim required a lot more planning than I had originally expected, but this is why I planned…

Saguaro National Park East

In our second trip to Saguaro National Park, we headed out to the Rincon Mountains to see what the East half of the park had…

Casa Grande, Arizona

Casa Grande Arizona is home to the Casa Grande RV Resort and thus was home to us for about three weeks time. We've been waiting…

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Our trip to Organ Pipe National Monument took over 2 hours to reach, and along the way we noticed several border patrol stops. Which makes…

Saguaro National Park West

We took a trip to Saguaro National Park late in the morning and the temperature was already reaching a high of 86°F. This is unusually…

Grand Canyon West

I'd first like to preface that Grand Canyon West is not a part of the Grand Canyon National Park. It's a private amusement park owned…

Spectacular Views of Death Valley National Park

Our first stop in Death Valley was a spot called Dante's View. What makes it such a good starting place is that it overlooks a…

Death Valley Sand and Pupfish!

If you're much of a Star Wars fan like we are, you may remember the scene in New Hope where C3P0 and R2D2 are arguing on…

Colors of Death Valley National Park

One of my favorite spots in Death Valley is Zabriskie Point. From this vantage point, we were surrounded by an unearthly desert landscape filled with wild erosion lines and the…

Driving in Death Valley National Park

Our trip to Death Valley was precipitated by a tip from our friend Dennis about the super bloom just getting under way. He was planning…

Death Valley: Would you like salt with that?

Our first day exploring death valley was a low point of our American journey; -282 feet below sea level to be exact; as low as…

Super bloom, Super Awesome in Death Valley!

Trail and I were enjoying southern Arizona and planning to continue making our way deeper into the state when I got a Facebook message from…

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Reserve

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Reserve is located in Nevada not far from the much larger Death Valley and quite close to our current base of…

Cibola National Wildlife Refuge in Cibola, AZ

Cibola refuge (GPS 33.363653,-114.66931) is one of the last major stopovers of the Pacific Flyway for migratory birds. It's located in the floodplain of the…

Revisiting Joshua Tree National Park

The amazing views of Joshua Tree National Park griped us so well on our first trip, that returning for a longer stay seemed natural.  One…

Cabrillo National Monument

We decided to hit the beach while in San Diego and Trail (Anne) picked out a spot that happened to be at Cabrillo National Monument…

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is absolutely the kind of place I was hoping to visit when we decided to set sail on America's interstates. Foremost of…