West Texas Oasis

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by Donna Ikenberry
October 28, 2014

  From a distance, you wouldn’t suspect that the rugged peaks and desert flats of the Guadalupe Mountains are a national park filled with grassy meadows, maple and pine forests — and a birder’s paradise  Guadalupe Mountains National Park, designated in September 1972, is many things. It’s... Read more »

Shifting Sands

he setting sun’s rosy glow creates changing shadows on the Great Sand Dunes and Cleveland Peak.

article and photos by Therese Gundersen
September 2, 2014

  Dig into North America’s tallest sand dunes in the shadow of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley   A peculiar yet incredible sight awaits the adventurous near the city of Alamosa, Colorado — Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. While... Read more »

Beyond Mount Rushmore

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article and photos by Scott Simianer
June 24, 2014

    Experience the American West in a land of timbered mountains and sandstone badlands, canyons and gulches, and miles of breathtaking scenery in the Black Hills of South Dakota   An oasis on the Great Plains, the Black Hills region of South Dakota is a beautifully diverse land that... Read more »

High and Mighty

Hikers precede us on the Great Glacier Trail on the way to spectacular views. (Below right) Brent poses next to an old-timer.

by Jane Cassie
May 2, 2014

  Camping and climbing steep slopes and hiking through old-growth forest in a land of snow-clad mountain peaks and glaciers in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada   It’s early September and time to restock our RV once again, dust off the hiking boots and head out of town for Alberta and... Read more »

Spring Flings

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by Kathy Cabrera
March 3, 2014

  Ten top RV Spots Sure to Delight Everyone in the Family   For many of us, spring represents getting our RVs out of storage, shaking off the sleet and snow, and saying goodbye to thermal underwear and heavy winter coats. Spring break may be the only week we can get away as a family and enjoy... Read more »

Highs and Lows of the Great Smoky Mountains

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by James Richardson
October 31, 2013

  Discover miles and miles of old-growth forest, waterfalls, scenic overlooks and elevation changes in Tennessee and North Carolina’s world-renowned national park With more than 9 million visitors annually, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can still boast of being the most-visited national... Read more »

Miles of Exploration

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by Len Cousineau
October 25, 2013

  Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona and Utah: Slot canyons for hiking and Lake Powell for water recreation are part of this vast landscape of buttes, mesas and cliffs In 1869, explorer John Wesley Powell described the region that is today known as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area... Read more »

200 Years of History

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by Len Cousineau
September 5, 2013

  Camping, hiking, scenic views, Nike Missile Site and Alcatraz Island — all in a national park that hugs the California coastline for nearly 60 miles The most recognizable and iconic manmade structure in the Western United States is indisputably California’s Golden Gate Bridge. This engineering... Read more »

Flaming Gorge: Land of Red Canyons, Aquamarine Water and Vivid Rainbows in Utah and Wyoming

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by Emily Fagan
August 8, 2013

  Flaming Gorge is exactly what its name describes: a spectacular, fiery canyon of towering red rocks carved into existence by the immense power of the sparkling Green River at its base. For millennia the river was a thin ribbon that snaked along unevenly at the bottom of the canyon, but the construction... Read more »

Exploring New York’s Adirondacks

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Jack Ballard
July 3, 2013

Long before Europeans settled this region, Native Americans inhabited the Adirondacks, finding sustenance from the area’s wildlife, plants and other resources. The term “Adirondack” is from an Iroquois word meaning “bark eater.” This label was insultingly flung by the Iroquois in the direction... Read more »

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