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More To Explore
This beautiful park 7 miles west of Colorado Springs just added new sections to the Dixon Trail, which provides 23 miles of easy-to-moderate terrain that's perfect for hiking and mountain biking. Meander through prairie grasslands and into the foothi
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Power To The People
In Saratoga, choose between two different hot springs experiences. The Hobo Hot Springs are free mineral pools and open 24 hours a day. At Saratoga Hot Springs Resort, only guests can access the teepee-covered mineral pools and 70-foot mineral hot sp
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Resort Stay
Just 20 minutes from the park’s West Entrance, which sits in Grand Lake, Colo., lies River Run RV Resort, a new 200-acre resort with unparalleled amenities for the area. There’s paddleboarding, fishing in the headwaters of the Colorado River, swimmi
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Top 6 At Great Sand Dunes
Explore the sand dunes by hiking for as long as you want since there are no trails. Start early during the summer to avoid scorching sand that can reach up to 150° F. Star Dune, North America’s tallest dune at 750 feet, is a five-hour round-trip hike
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Yellowstone’s Top Four
For your best chance of seeing a wolf, get up before sunrise and head to the Lamar Valley in the park’s northeastern corner. Be sure to pack binoculars or a spotting scope with you. It's a great 3.1-mile (one way) hike to the 10,243-foot summit of M
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Wildlife Oasis
When Netflix launched Tiger King, a docuseries about convicted felon and Oklahoma zookeeper and tiger breeder Joe Exotic, it captivated audiences who suddenly found themselves quarantined at home during the initial spread of COVID-19. With his blonde
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Land Of Enchantment
Traveling through New Mexico is like exploring a foreign country where every turn gives you a different glimpse into a magnificent blend of cultures and food. From El Paso, Texas, drive to Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Park.
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Laramie’s Top Five
WHY GO: Go on a guided or self-guided tour of this historic prison site built in 1872. For three decades, it housed some of the West’s most notorious criminals. LITTLE-KNOWN FACT: The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places an
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The "Lost" People
In 1200, more people lived in present-day Montezuma County, encompassing Mesa Verde National Park, than today. A flourishing society built villages into the cliffs and on top of the mesas. And then, by 1300, all evidence of people living there disapp
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Sand And Sun
There are few things as striking as the glistening white sands in southern New Mexico, so stop here to experience this vast field of dunes yourself. White Sands National Park is the world’s largest gypsum dune field, which spans 275 square miles. Sta
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Old Meets New
Cheyenne, Wyo. is the place that first sparked a love for the Old West in me at eight years old. What was probably a normal level of horse-craziness for a little girl got kicked into overdrive the first time we stopped at the Terry Bison Ranch just o
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Adventures In Durango
Known for its incredible mountain biking, backpacking and skiing opportunities, Durango makes it easy for travelers to go big. But there are plenty of opportunities to have adventures that are a little more dialed back. In this adrenaline-fueled town
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Best Of Santa Fe
WHY GO: See one of the largest pueblo ruins in the Southwest, tour a legendary Hollywood destination and explore the remnants of an 18th-century Spanish mission church at this park 25 miles southeast of Santa Fe. TIP: Join a ranger for one of severa
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Digging Deep
Uncrowded and stunningly beautiful, Dinosaur National Monument is home to beautiful red-rock canyons, two rivers that offer incredible rafting and one of the world's richest dinosaur deposits. Two separate visitor centers, one in Colorado and one in
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Stop in South Fork
Fish the legendary waters of the Rio Grande River that meets the South Fork in town or try fly fishing with a local guide. If you’re a golfer, head to the Rio Grande Golf Course, a difficult but spectacular mountain course. Bring a car, ATV, jeep or
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Explore The Inside Of The Earth
Carlsbad Caverns National Park is a stunning place, whether you’re a cave fanatic or have never entered a cave. Check out the Big Room, North America’s largest single cave chamber that’s as large as six football fields. You can take a self-guided tou
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Desert Oasis
A number of wakeless paddling trails near the dam and near Sheep Creek Overlook enable you to explore canyons that rise anywhere between 100 and 1,000 feet. You won’t even have to worry about waves from motorized boats. “It’s really spectacular,” say
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High Plains Scenery
On your way to or from Colorado from the Midwest, take a break from the road to stretch your legs at Pawnee National Grassland. Known for its Pawnee Buttes, two iconic hill-like features that rise 250 feet from the prairie floor, the grasslands offer
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Out Of This World
Just 45 minutes from downtown Farmington, you’ll be amazed by the otherworldly Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness. There are no trails through the badlands formations, so do your research ahead of time. “Stop by the Farmington Visitors Center and we’ll help
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Hidden Gem
Looking to avoid the crowds and see one of the country’s most spectacular national monuments? Head to Vernal, Utah, to see Dinosaur National Monument. You can explore this special place by foot, but don’t miss the opportunity to experience the monum
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Editor’s Note
From the Saddlehorn Campground in Colorado National Monument, you can see gorgeous red-rock walls plunging into sage-colored canyons, providing a striking contrast to the blue sky above. Rarely crowded, it offers campsites steeped in solitude amid pi
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Mesa Verde Tours
Mesa Verde’s guided tours are a must-do for any traveler to the park. Buy tickets in advance at recreation.gov for the Balcony House Sunrise or Early Bird tours. These early tours will let you experience one of Mesa Verde’s most adventurous cliff dwe
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Dinosaurs And Deserts Loop
Some of the least-crowded and most beautiful red-rock canyons, rivers and recreational opportunities await on this fantastic road trip. Start in Salt Lake City and head southeast toward Vernal, Utah, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area and Dinosau
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A Journey Through Time
It’s a cool autumn day in the mountains of southwestern Colorado. Beneath your feet, you feel the rumble of a 100-year-old steam engine. You hear the train’s whistle piercing through the wilderness. The golden aspens reach their branches out towards
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Hidden Gems In Central City
When gold was discovered in Central City, Colo., in 1859, it transformed a pine-forested area tucked in the mountains into one of the West’s fanciest cities. Known early in its history as “the richest square mile on Earth,” it was home to an opulent
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Mesa Verde's Top Six
Beat the heat by seeing Mesa Verde’s most adventurous cliff dwelling, Balcony House, at sunrise. A ranger will lead you up ladders and through narrow tunnels. Reserve your spot at recreation.gov. Hike the 2.4-mile round trip Petroglyph Point Trail t
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Explore Creede
If you visit this colorful historic downtown nestled in one of the most striking mountain settings you’ll ever see, you may just want to move here. Dotted with art galleries, boutiques and cafes, Creede is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets. In 1890
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Arches National Park Stops
While Delicate Arch gets all of the attention (it’s the arch featured on the Utah license plate), Park Avenue and Double Arch offer stunning views and beautiful trails to get to them. After stopping at Arches Visitor Center, you’ll drive up steep swi
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Best RV Campgrounds
Beautiful Glacier Basin Campground is only open May – October, making it the perfect stop on a summer road trip. At 8,500 feet in elevation, a mix of sun and shade is welcome as early morning temperatures can be chilly, even in summer. RVs up to 35 f
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