Southwest

Best Bet for Families Traveling the American West: Petrified Forest

Above: A boy measures the trunk of a petrified tree. Photo © Susan McElhinney. This image will appear in the permanent exhibit, […]

Destination Darkness

The Increasingly Rare Starscapes of the Colorado Plateau National Parks

The Colorado Plateau stretches for 130,000 square miles across the Four Corners region of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona. […]

Bridge over the restored wetlands in Yuma, Arizona. Courtesy of the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.

Reconnecting a Desert Town with Its River: Improved Tourist Attractions at Arizona’s Yuma Crossing

Situated in the corner of the Southwest where Arizona, California, and Mexico converge, the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area (YCNHA) […]

Petrified Wood at Petrified Forest National Park. Photo © Patrick Poendl/iStockphoto.

Bad Luck, Hot Rocks

Stories Behind the “Cursed” Thieves of Petrified Forest

In 1980, an anonymous writer sent some stolen rocks back to Petrified Forest National Park along with a detailed, guilt-washed […]

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9 Romantic Park Trips for You and Your Valentine

Whether you want to live it up near the city lights or get away from it all under the starlight, […]