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5 Best Places to Get Your Southwest Instagram Selfie

If you have spent any time on Instagram, you have probably noticed a few of the same beautiful landscapes showing up over and over. Many of these places are located in the Southwest. The blue pools and waterfalls, slot canyons with orange light pouring into them, slickrock expanses, swimming holes, deep canyons or horseshoe-shaped river […]

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Mother’s Day Ideas – Hike The Grand Canyon

Mother’s Day falls on May 12, 2019 this year. What do you get for the person who may have everything? An experience, of course. Take your mom on a guided hiking or backpacking adventure down into the Grand Canyon and she’ll rave about it for years to come. As one of the Seven Natural Wonders […]

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Grand Canyon Hiking Tours

The idea of hiking the Grand Canyon can feel daunting, and yet there it is, just sitting there, calling you to come and explore. This powerful draw to venture below the rim is often trumped by a fear of the unknown and results in fewer than 1% of Grand Canyon visitors ever hiking down. While […]

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Grand Canyon Hiking Vacation: The Five Most Popular Ways to Explore the Grand Canyon On Foot

When searching for a place to vacation, it often doesn’t occur to people that they can plan a hiking or backpacking tour. While some vacationers enjoy a nice day on the beach or staying at resorts, many others love the opportunity to get outside and commune with nature.   The love of nature, the Southwest, […]

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Which Grand Canyon Rim is the Best?

For every 10 visitors who arrive at the Grand Canyon, nine will go to the South Rim and one will head to the North Rim. Since the first sightseers arrived in stagecoaches in the 1850s the Grand Canyon has essentially meant the “South Rim.” When the railroads arrived a few decades later and began building […]

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Living the Good Life on the Floor of Grand Canyon at Phantom Ranch

  No single architect is more identified with buildings in a single national park than Mary Jane Colter is with the Grand Canyon. Her use of on-site fieldstone and rough-hewn wood at the Arizona landmark became so emblematic of park structures across the country that it eventually became known as “National Park Service Rustic.” Of […]

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Visiting Natural Arches of the American Southwest

Nothing says the “American Southwest” quite like a natural stone arch. These wondrous outdoor rock sculptures, souvenirs from millions of years of desert erosion, are the highlight of any Utah adventure – and have the advantage of fitting colorfully into a camera frame. Writer Edward Abbey stoked the craving for stone arches in his seminal […]

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Hiking the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

As Joni Mitchell once famously sang, “You don’t know what you’ve got’ til it’s gone.” Most people had never heard of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument until the Trump administration announced it was planning to shave nearly one million acres from the Utah public lands. It’s not gone yet and there is still plenty of […]

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Hiking the Grand Canyon

If there is one thing the Grand Canyon can be counted on to provide – it is inspiration. Visitors arriving for their first glimpse at one of the true wonders of the natural world will want to walk as far along the South Rim as time and energy permits – the entire Rim Trail runs […]

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Hiking Canyons

Magnificent. Magical. Mysterious. Those are all words used to describe hiking in the canyons of the American Southwest. It begins with the Grand Canyon, two billion years in the making, and filters down to the many box canyons and slot canyons scattered across the landscape that few know, and even fewer are fortunate enough to […]

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