The American Southwest

Comprehensive guide to the national parks, national monuments and natural landscapes of West and Southwest USA; on the web since 1994

Arizona ARIZONA - Destinations in Arizona, from the cactus-filled Sonoran Desert to the Mogollon Rim, the Colorado River and the deep canyons of the Colorado Plateau; Grand Canyon, Sedona, Lake Mead, Route 66, Apache Trail, Canyon de Chelly, Petrified Forest, Saguaro National Park, Meteor Crater and many more
California CALIFORNIA - The varied desert, mountain, forest and coastal scenery of the golden state of California, including the national parks of Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Kings Canyon, Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, Sequoia and Yosemite, and the attractions of Lake Tahoe, Palm Springs and the California Missions
Colorado COLORADO - Sites in the mountainous state of Colorado; Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Colorado NM, Garden of the Gods, Great Sand Dunes, Pikes Peak, the Rocky Mountains and the Anasazi cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde
Idaho IDAHO - Selected locations in south Idaho; eroded granite formations in the City of Rocks, the varied volcanic features of Craters of the Moon, and the volcanic canyons of Thousand Springs State Park
Nevada NEVADA - Much more than just Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada has many fascinating landscapes including Great Basin National Park, Black Rock Desert, Mount Charleston, Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire
New Mexico NEW MEXICO - National parks, national monuments, ancient sites, eroded badlands and volcanic remains in New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment; Bandelier, Bisti, Capulin Volcano, Carlsbad Caverns, Chaco Culture, Gila Cliff Dwellings, White Sands and more
Oregon OREGON - From the ocean, across the Coast Range and the Cascades, to the deserts and grassland of the east, sites in Oregon include the Pacific coastline, Crater Lake, Newberry Volcano and the John Day Fossil Beds
Texas TEXAS - State of vast landscapes with two national parks (Guadalupe Mountains, Big Bend), and attractions ranging from the Chihuahuan Desert at Big Bend Ranch, the canyons of Palo Duro and Caprock, the rock art at Hueco Tanks, and the Gulf of Mexico at Padre Island
Utah UTAH - Multicolored land of mountains, canyons, deserts and arches. Utah has some of the most well known US parks - Arches, Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Natural Bridges, Dinosaur and Zion, plus Monument Valley and Grand Staircase-Escalante. Less known but still very scenic places include Antelope Island, Flaming Gorge, Goblin Valley and Golden Spike
Wyoming WYOMING - Dominated in the west by the Rocky Mountains and in the east by the high desert, Wyoming has two world famous attractions in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, plus state parks like Boysen, Hot Springs, Independence Rock and Sinks Canyon

Slot Canyons Slot Canyons - Beautifully colored and sculptured narrow canyons in the sandstone rocks of Arizona and Utah, explorable by hiking and canyoneering; such locations as the San Rafael Swell, Escalante River and Zion National Park.
Southwest Travelogue Travelogue - Four week RV road trip from Phoenix, Arizona across New Mexico and Texas to the Gulf Coast at Corpus Christi
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Route 66, California
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Also New: Goldstrike Canyon, Lake Mead NRA, Nevada. Garfield Peak Trail, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. Mendocino Headlands State Park, California. Emerald Pools and the Kayenta Trail, Zion National Park, Utah. Ten Lakes and Grant Lakes Trails, Yosemite National Park, California. Mount Wittenberg and Meadow Trails, Point Reyes National Seashore, California. Red Mountain, Arizona. Cluster Lake Loop, Lassen Volcanic National Park, California. Little Bald Hills Trail, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, California. White Tank Mountain Regional Park, Arizona

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Plants of the West and Southwest Plant profiles, with photographs and information about habitat, range, size and flower type; sections cover agave & yucca, cacti and wildflowers
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