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Ever Wonder How Yucca Got it’s Name?

Ever wonder how Yucca got it’s name? Well, thousands of years ago when Palio-Indian groups began migrating into the southwest, they began testing various plants for medicinal and food value. Broud assigned the task of testing the sword-shaped leafed plant to Creb. Creb took one bite, tasted it’s pungent soapy flavor and said “yuck…uh!” Ever […]

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Echo Canyon Trailhead construction, 2013 | City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation

Camelback Mountain Summit Trail Reopens Jan. 15

By Arizona Highways– Rejoice, Phoenix-area hikers: The Echo Canyon Trailhead, and the Summit Trail up Camelback Mountain, will reopen at sunrise Wednesday, January 15. The trailhead closed in the summer of 2013 for a massive renovation project. The City of Phoenix expanded the trailhead parking area, and it now features 135 parking spaces — nearly […]

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The Wild West Began with Zebulon Pike

Imagine wandering into a territory that quite a few people tried to claim that is now Colorado; Spain, France, Mexico and the United States as well as the regions’ many native inhabitants.  Turns out that in 1803, the United States bought Louisiana from Napoleon, but the territory’s boundaries remained in dispute.  Spain originally considered the […]

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Southern Utah National Parks Pass Available

Southern Utah National Parks Pass Available

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. Tom Smart, Deseret News ARCHES NATIONAL PARK — The 2014 Southeast Utah Group Annual Pass is now available for purchase for $25 for Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments. Frequent visitors to the national parks of the Southeast Utah Group have the opportunity […]

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Is Winter Here Already?

For the past couple of weeks, the southwest has been experiencing freezing, no frigid temperatures.  From Hobbs, NM which is far down into the south east of New Mexico to the northern part of the White Mountains of Arizona and into Southern Colorado (where I live).  Today only topped out at 19 above zero. But, […]

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Amazing Night Skies

Here is a photo taken by Thomas O’Brien  of the Maroon Bells near Aspen, Co. The Maroon Bells can be one of the most crowded and crazy places to try to take photos in Colorado. I think it carries the distinction of being the most photographed mountain in all of North America. If you decide […]

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