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AGUA FRIA NATIONAL MONUMENT - river canyon in the high desert

ALAMO LAKE STATE PARK - distant, desert lake in central Arizona

APACHE TRAIL - dramatic road from Phoenix to Roosevelt Lake

ARAVAIPA CANYON - wide creek through a long, remote, desert gorge

ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM - large collection of Sonoran Desert plants and animals

BARTLETT RESERVOIR - lake with desert and mountain scenery, north of Phoenix

BEAVER DAM MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS - rugged, eroded peaks in the far northwest

BILL WILLIAMS RIVER - little known river flowing through a desert canyon

BLUE CANYON - fantastic red and white sandstone formations, in a remote area of the Hopi Reservation

BOYCE THOMPSON ARBORETUM STATE PARK - extensive botanical gardens near Superior; plants from desert areas across the world

CABEZA PRIETA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - the most remote and hostile land in Arizona

CANYON DE CHELLY NATIONAL MONUMENT - deep canyon on Navajo land, with many cliff dwellings

CASA GRANDE RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT - large four-storey Indian house in the desert south of Phoenix

CATALINA STATE PARK - cacti, a campground and short trails, in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains

CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT - eroded rocky pinnacles and unusual wildlife, in a remote corner of Arizona

COAL MINE CANYON - multicolored ravine on Navajo land, bordered by jagged, eroded rock formations

COCHISE STRONGHOLD - eroded granite formations in the Dragoon Mountains

COPPER CREEK - interesting ghost town with old mine relics

CORONADO NATIONAL MEMORIAL - distant, mountainous area bordering Mexico

CORONADO TRAIL - scenic, winding road through the White Mountains

COYOTE BUTTES - eroded rocks of many colors, including The Wave

DEAD HORSE RANCH STATE PARK - wooded stretch of the Verde River near Cottonwood

FISH CREEK - rocky canyon in the Superstition Mountains

FORT BOWIE NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - remains of a remote fort used during the Apache wars of the late 19th century

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - spectacular desert region with red rock canyons, centered around Lake Powell (described in the Utah section)

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK - the most famous national park in America

GRANITE MOUNTAIN - partially wooded peak near Prescott, covered by large granite boulders

HA HO NO GEH CANYON - colorful ravine on the Hopi Reservation, containing badlands and hoodoos

HAVASUPAI INDIAN RESERVATION - the most remote reservation in Arizona, centered on a roadless section of Havasu Canyon, a Grand Canyon tributary containing several beautiful waterfalls

HUALAPAI INDIAN RESERVATION - sparsely settled land occupying the western half of the south rim of the Grand Canyon

HUBBELL TRADING POST NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE - homestead and store dating from the mid 19th century, the latter still in use

IRONWOOD FOREST NATIONAL MONUMENT - mountainous part of the Sonoran Desert

KAISER SPRING CANYON - narrows and a warm spring

KOFA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - large area of Sonoran Desert wilderness

LAKE HAVASU - artificial lake on the Colorado River, enclosed by barren mountains

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - scenic desert region centered around a large lake on the Colorado

LAKE PLEASANT - popular lake near Phoenix, in the Sonoran Desert

LEES FERRY - small settlement near some remarkable scenery, close to the Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

LITTLE COLORADO RIVER - deep narrow gorge on the Navajo Indian Reservation, joining the Grand Canyon

LOST DUTCHMAN STATE PARK - saguaro cacti beneath the Superstition Mountains

METEOR CRATER - huge impact crater, privately owned

MONTEZUMA CASTLE NATIONAL MONUMENT - impressive Sinagua Indian cliff dwelling

MONUMENT VALLEY - world-famous red rock buttes and mesas (described in the Utah section)

MOUNT LEMMON - central peak of the Santa Catalina Mountains, near Tucson

NAVAJO NATIONAL MONUMENT - three large Anasazi settlements, with limited access

ORGAN PIPE CACTUS NATIONAL MONUMENT - rocky desert around the Mexican border, with rare cacti

PATAGONIA LAKE STATE PARK - desert lake along Sonoita Creek, in the hills above Nogales

PEARCE FERRY - isolated marina at the lower end of the Grand Canyon

PETRIFIED FOREST NATIONAL PARK - brilliantly colored fossilized logs

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK - volcanic mountain in the Sonoran Desert, between Phoenix and Tucson

PIPE SPRING NATIONAL MONUMENT - 19th century Mormon fort

RED MOUNTAIN - unusual volcanic formations north of Flagstaff

RED ROCK STATE PARK - wooded section of Oak Creek surrounded by red cliffs, near Sedona

ROUTE 66 - the best preserved section of America's famous road

SABINO CANYON - cactus-studded hills and ravines at the edge of Tucson

SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK - large forests of saguaro cactus, the state symbol of Arizona

SAN CARLOS LAKE - tranquil lake on the Apache Indian Reservation

SEDONA - popular town surrounded by beautiful red rock landscapes

SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK - smooth red rocks beside Oak Creek, north of Sedona

SONORAN DESERT NATIONAL MONUMENT - rugged saguaro wilderness

SOUTH MOUNTAIN PARK - saguaro-covered mountains within the Phoenix city limits

SUNSET CRATER VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT - colorful volcanoes and cinder cones with extensive lava flow

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAINS - fabled desert hills east of Phoenix

SYCAMORE CANYON - colorful, wooded, rarely-visited canyon southwest of Flagstaff

THEODORE ROOSEVELT LAKE - desert reservoir in the hills near Phoenix

TOMBSTONE - famous old silver mining town in the far southeast

TONTO CREEK - beautiful desert stream through a rugged canyon

TONTO NATIONAL FOREST - most varied of the six national forests in Arizona

TONTO NATIONAL MONUMENT - two well-preserved cliff dwellings high above Roosevelt Lake

TONTO NATURAL BRIDGE STATE PARK - largest travertine bridge in the world

TUMACACORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - early 18th century Spanish mission

TUZIGOOT NATIONAL MONUMENT - large ruin with good views over the Verde River valley

VERMILION CLIFFS NATIONAL MONUMENT - remote plateau with canyons and rock formations

WALNUT CANYON NATIONAL MONUMENT - sandstone cliff dwellings in a deep wooded canyon near Flagstaff

WATSON LAKE - small but scenic lake near Prescott, lined by rounded granite boulders

WEST CLEAR CREEK - deep canyon at the edge of the Mogollon Rim

WHITE TANK MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK - isolated, unspoilt mountain range west of Phoenix

WUPATKI NATIONAL MONUMENT - many Indian ruins at the edge of the Painted Desert



ARAPAHO NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - five scenic lakes in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, along the upper Colorado River

BLACK CANYON OF THE GUNNISON NATIONAL PARK - spectacular sheer-walled canyon, formed by the Gunnison River at the west edge of the Rocky Mountains

CANYONS OF THE ANCIENTS NATIONAL MONUMENT - large, mostly undeveloped region of canyons and mesas, containing thousands of ancient sites

COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT - eroded red rock cliffs and deep, sheer-walled canyons, south of the Colorado River near Grand Junction

CURECANTI NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - three reservoirs along the Gunnison River in the western Rocky Mountains, two enclosed by steep cliffs

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT - fossilized bones and remote canyons, centered on the Green and Yampa rivers (described in the Utah section)

FLORISSANT FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT - petrified sequoia stumps and other fossils, in the Rocky Mountain foothills

GARDEN OF THE GODS - jagged red rocks near Colorado Springs; very popular location for climbing, hiking, cycling and photography

GOLDEN GATE CANYON STATE PARK - wooded hills and valleys at moderate elevations, near Denver on the east side of the Rocky Mountains

GREAT SAND DUNES NATIONAL PARK AND PRESERVE - miles of wind-blown dunes at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT - ancient ruins in wooded mesa/canyon country (described in the Utah section)

INDEPENDENCE PASS - the highest paved pass in Colorado (12,095 feet), in the middle of the Rocky Mountains, east of Aspen

MAROON BELLS - jagged red peaks rising to 14,000 feet, in the Rocky Mountains near Aspen

MESA VERDE NATIONAL PARK - many well-preserved cliff dwellings; largest and most numerous collection of Anasazi ruins in the Southwest

MOUNT EVANS - 14,264 foot peak near Denver, accessed by the highest paved road in America

PAINT MINES INTERPRETIVE PARK - branched drainage near Calhan where much colorful, clayish rock is exposed, once mined by Native Americans to make paints

PIKES PEAK - 14,110 foot summit, the most visited mountain in the USA, reachable by a trail, a cog railway, or a 19 mile scenic drive

RIFLE FALLS STATE PARK - unusual triple waterfall in the remote northwest

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - most accessible section of the central Rockies, featuring glaciers, lakes, waterfalls, and the highest paved highway in Colorado

SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS - dramatic section of the southwestern Rocky Mountains, featuring high summits, canyons, historic towns and old mines



ALGODONES DUNES - vast sandy expanse in the far southeast

ANDREW MOLERA STATE PARK - Big Sur beaches and coastal bluffs

ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK - large, varied area of canyons, mountains, desert and badlands

BIG BASIN REDWOODS STATE PARK - thick coastal redwood forests in the Santa Cruz Mountains, south of San Jose

BIG PINE LAKES - mountain lakes high in the Sierra Nevada, beneath Palisade Glacier

BIG SUR - the Pacific Coast of central California, south of Carmel

BODIE STATE HISTORICAL PARK - exceptionally intact, well preserved and authentic California ghost town

BOX CANYON - twisting, eroded ravine, part of the San Andreas Fault

CABRILLO NATIONAL MONUMENT - rocky peninsula near San Diego

CALAVERAS BIG TREES STATE PARK - giant sequoia in the northern Sierra Nevada

CALICO GHOST TOWN REGIONAL PARK - partially restored silver mining town northeast of Barstow

CALIFORNIA MISSIONS - series of historic Spanish churches dating from 1769

CASTLE CRAGS STATE PARK - sculptured granite cliffs in far north California

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - starkly beautiful desert wilderness

DEL NORTE COAST REDWOODS STATE PARK - redwood groves alongside the Pacific Ocean

DEVILS POSTPILE NATIONAL MONUMENT - unusual volcanic basalt formations in the eastern Sierra Nevada

DONNER MEMORIAL STATE PARK - historic location with a relaxing setting

EASTERN SIERRA - the steep, more remote east side of the Sierra Nevada, accessed by several paved roads to high elevation trailheads

EMERALD BAY STATE PARK - scenic inlet on the west side of Lake Tahoe, containing Fannette Island

ESTERO BLUFFS STATE PARK - undeveloped Pacific coastline with small beaches and eroded cliffs

GARRAPATA STATE PARK - beautiful section of the Big Sur coastline

GAVIOTA STATE PARK - beaches, cliffs and coastal mountains, west of Santa Barbara

GIANT SEQUOIA NATIONAL MONUMENT - many groves of giant sequoia trees, in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains

GOLDEN GATE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - beaches, coastal bluffs, historic buildings and military sites around San Francisco

GRIFFITH PARK - hilly city park overlooking Hollywood and Los Angeles

GRIZZLY CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK - little-visited redwood groves along the Van Duzen River

HARMONY HEADLANDS STATE PARK - sandstone formations along an isolated, roadless section of the Pacific coast

HAT CREEK VOLCANIC AREA - lava flows, craters, cinder cones and lava caves, near Lassen Volcanic NP

HOT CREEK GEOLOGICAL AREA - hot springs and fumaroles close to Mammoth Lakes, part of the Long Valley Caldera

HUMBOLDT LAGOONS STATE PARK - forested lagoons beside the northern Pacific coast

HUMBOLDT REDWOODS STATE PARK - ancient redwood forest in north California

JACUMBA OUTSTANDING NATURAL AREA - desert and mountains near the Mexican border

JEDEDIAH SMITH REDWOODS STATE PARK - giant redwoods in the far northwest

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK - desert, large rocks and curious plants

JULIA PFEIFFER BURNS STATE PARK - a coastal waterfall, beaches, cliffs and wooded hills, along Big Sur

KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK - large wilderness area with deep canyons, lakes, sequoia trees and waterfalls

LAKE TAHOE - major center for recreation, enclosed by high mountains

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK - amazing volcanic and geothermal phenomena

LAVA BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT - cinder cones, craters and lava caves in the far north

LOST COAST - the wildest and least developed stretch of California's Pacific coast

MACKERRICHER STATE PARK - sand dunes, beaches and tidepools, on the Pacific coast north of Fort Bragg

MAMMOTH LAKES - ski resort town at the edge of the Sierra Nevada

MCARTHUR BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL STATE PARK - beautiful waterfall and a wooded lake

MENDOCINO HEADLANDS STATE PARK - small promontory lined by cliffs, beaches and sea stacks

MOJAVE NATIONAL PRESERVE - excellent desert scenery

MONO LAKE - unusual lake in the eastern Sierra Nevada foothills

MONTANA DE ORO STATE PARK - scenic, unspoiled section of the south California coast

MONTGOMERY WOODS STATE NATURAL RESERVE - remote, little-visited grove of redwoods in the Coastal Mountains

MORRO BAY STATE PARK - hills, marsh and shoreline around Morro Bay, including Morro Rock

MOUNT SHASTA - snow-capped volcano in the Cascade range

MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT - small but accessible redwood forest north of San Francisco on the Marin Peninsula

ONION VALLEY - trailhead high in the eastern Sierra, for hikes to Kearsarge Pass, Mt Gould and many other places

PALM SPRINGS - exclusive city surrounded by deserts and mountains

PATRICKS POINT STATE PARK - compact, developed, wooded promontory along the north Pacific coast; a popular camping location

PINNACLES NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK - strange spires in the desert south of Trona

PINNACLES NATIONAL PARK - isolated mountains composed of eroded, volcanic rock

POINT ARENA - unusual rocks and a historic lighthouse, along the Pacific coast

POINT CABRILLO LIGHT STATION STATE HISTORIC PARK - lighthouse at the edge of grassy bluffs, lined by scenic inlets and offshore rocks

POINT LOBOS STATE NATURAL RESERVE - beautiful, rocky peninsula with abundant wildlife, near Carmel and Big Sur

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE - isolated hilly peninsula bordered by miles of wind-swept beaches and cliffs

PRAIRIE CREEK REDWOODS STATE PARK - coastal redwoods near Crescent City

RAINBOW BASIN NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK - weathered desert canyons and badlands

RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK - exposed, eroded, colorful strata

REDWOOD NATIONAL AND STATE PARKS - dense coastal redwood forests

ROUTE 66 - long section of the old highway through the Mojave Desert

SADDLEBACK BUTTE STATE PARK - isolated peak in Antelope Valley, in the southern Mojave Desert

SALT POINT STATE PARK - undeveloped section of the north California coastline, with unusual sandstone formations

SALTON SEA - large, shallow, salty inland lake bordering Imperial Valley

SAN BERNARDINO MOUNTAINS - steep-sided range northeast of San Bernardino, including Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear Lake

SAN GABRIEL MOUNTAINS - hilly area providing a refuge from Los Angeles

SAND TO SNOW NATIONAL MONUMENT - varied preserve including desert ravines and mountain summits

SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - canyons, grassy hills and Pacific Ocean beaches, northwest of Los Angeles

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK - huge trees, cliffs and mountains

SONOMA COAST STATE PARK - 15 miles of beaches, cliffs and coastal grasslands, in Sonoma County, north California

TOMALES BAY STATE PARK - sheltered inlet at the edge of Point Reyes

TORREY PINES STATE RESERVE - dunes and sandstone cliffs north of San Diego

TRINIDAD STATE BEACH - beautiful section of the north California coastline

VASQUEZ ROCKS COUNTY PARK - exposed, angular strata north of Los Angeles

WHISKEYTOWN-SHASTA-TRINITY NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - forested lakes in the northern California mountains

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK - glaciated peaks and valleys of great beauty

New Mexico

AGUIRRE SPRING RECREATION AREA - campground and trails in the Organ Mountains, overlooking White Sands and Tularosa Valley

AH-SHI-SLE-PAH WILDERNESS STUDY AREA - fantastic hoodoos, badlands, petrified wood and eroded rocks

ANGEL PEAK SCENIC AREA - badlands in the high desert

AZTEC RUINS NATIONAL MONUMENT - large 12th century walled settlement

BANDELIER NATIONAL MONUMENT - ancient dwellings carved into volcanic cliffs, and colorful canyon scenery

BISTI WILDERNESS AREA - remote and amazingly colorful desert landscape

BOSQUE DEL APACHE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - diverse riparian area with desert surroundings, along the Rio Grande

BOTTOMLESS LAKES STATE PARK - flooded sinkholes beneath a limestone ridge, near Roswell

BURNHAM BADLANDS - hoodoos, balanced rocks, colorful mounds, petrified wood and eroded rock formations

CAPULIN VOLCANO NATIONAL MONUMENT - extinct volcano in the far northeast

CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK - the most famous cave system in the world

CEJA PELON MESA - partly wooded mesa lined by stark badlands, containing much petrified wood

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK - collection of Anasazi ruined villages

CIMARRON CANYON STATE PARK - wooded, steep-sided canyon with unusual rocks

CITY OF ROCKS STATE PARK - group of large volcanic boulders in the middle of the New Mexico prairie

DE-NA-ZIN WILDERNESS AREA - badlands, petrified wood and weird rock formations in the San Juan Basin

EL MALPAIS NATIONAL MONUMENT - many miles of black, twisted lava and other volcanic formations

EL MORRO NATIONAL MONUMENT - historical inscriptions, a ruined pueblo and colorful sandstone cliffs

ELEPHANT BUTTE LAKE STATE PARK - the largest and most popular lake in New Mexico

FOSSIL FOREST - hoodoos, badlands and petrified wood

GILA CLIFF DWELLINGS NATIONAL MONUMENT - ancient cave ruins in a distant canyon, deep in the Gila Wilderness

JEMEZ MOUNTAINS - forested mountains with hot springs and rock formations, part of the Santa Fe National Forest

KASHA-KATUWE TENT ROCKS NATIONAL MONUMENT - fantastic volcanic rock formations

LIVING DESERT ZOO AND GARDENS STATE PARK - entertaining zoo and gardens near Carlsbad

NAVAJO LAKE STATE PARK - scenic lake on the San Juan River

OJITO WILDERNESS AREA - little-known region of badlands, eroded rocks and petrified wood, near San Ysidro

OLIVER LEE MEMORIAL STATE PARK - historic ranch, cactus garden and a steep trail into the Sacramento Mountains

PENISTAJA MESA - little-visited region of grey badlands, eroded rock formations and petrified wood

PETROGLYPH NATIONAL MONUMENT - thousands of petroglyphs at the edge of a volcanic mesa bordering northwest Albuquerque

ROCK HOUND STATE PARK - desert location for site where semi-precious stones may be collected

ROUTE 66 - atmospheric section of the old road either side of Grants

SALINAS PUEBLO MISSIONS NATIONAL MONUMENT - ruins of ancient pueblos and 17th century Spanish missions

SAN JUAN BASIN BADLANDS - vast regions of incredible eroded rock formations of every color and form imaginable

SANTA FE TO ROSWELL - account of a road trip along some of the deserted backroads of New Mexico

SANTA FE - the oldest state capitol in America, with many historic buildings

SHIPROCK - isolated volcanic peak in the Four Corners area

VALLEY OF FIRES RECREATION AREA - large expanses of lava near Carrizozo

WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT - spectacular dunes of pure white gypsum

WILD RIVERS RECREATION AREA - deep, volcanic canyons carved by Red River and the Rio Grande



ANASAZI STATE PARK - museum and a small excavated pueblo

ANTELOPE ISLAND STATE PARK - stark, mountainous island in the Great Salt Lake

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - world famous red rock arches, and many other eroded formations, surrounded by sandy, desert plains, a few miles north of Moab

BEAR LAKE - deep blue lake on the Utah-Idaho border

BEARS EARS NATIONAL MONUMENT - large area of canyon and mountain wilderness east of the Colorado River, including thousands of ancient sites

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK - delicately sculptured pinnacles of orange, pink and white sandstone, one of the highlights of the Southwest

BUCKSKIN HOLLOW - short drainage through amazingly colorful rocks; in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area, north of St George

CANYON RIMS RECREATION AREA - vast wilderness east of Canyonlands

CANYONLANDS NATIONAL PARK - vast area of remote and spectacular canyon country, entered on the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers

CAPITOL REEF NATIONAL PARK - slickrock, steep cliffs and narrow canyons; sandstone of many colors and forms

CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT - high, eroded cliff face, eroded to expose colorful rocks, hoodoos and ridges

CEDAR MESA AND GRAND GULCH - hundreds of Anasazi ruins in the southeast

CORAL PINK SAND DUNES STATE PARK - miles of colorful shifting sands

DARK CANYON - wild, lengthy, branched canyon complex with difficult access

DEAD HORSE POINT STATE PARK - high promontory overlooking Colorado River canyons

DINOSAUR NATIONAL MONUMENT - many fossilized bones and remote canyons

DIXIE NATIONAL FOREST - large areas of scenic land in the southwest

ESCALANTE PETRIFIED FOREST STATE PARK - petrified wood and a reservoir

FACTORY BUTTE - isolated peak surrounded by desert lands and eroded sandstone formations

FANTASY CANYON - strangely eroded rocks in the Uinta Basin of the northeast

FISHER TOWERS - unusual red cliffs and hoodoos, in the Colorado River valley east of Moab

FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - dramatic red cliffs above a large artificial lake

GLEN CANYON NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - spectacular desert region with red rock canyons, centered around Lake Powell

GOBLIN VALLEY STATE PARK - thousands of strangely-shaped formations

GOLDEN SPIKE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE - replica steam trains and old railroad grades, in desolate, uninhabited terrain

GOOSENECKS STATE PARK - entrenched meanders of the San Juan River

GRAFTON - historic Mormon settlement with peaceful surroundings beside the Virgin River

GRAND STAIRCASE-ESCALANTE NATIONAL MONUMENT - great expanse of scenic wilderness, with narrow canyons and countless rock formations

GUNLOCK STATE PARK - small reservoir lined by sandy hills and red rock formations

HOVENWEEP NATIONAL MONUMENT - ancient ruins in remote country close to the Colorado border

KODACHROME BASIN STATE PARK - eroded cliffs and narrow spires

LA SAL MOUNTAINS - isolated range east of Moab, with summits over 12,000 feet

LITTLE EGYPT - red sandstone formations near the Henry Mountains

LITTLE SAHARA RECREATION AREA - extensive sand dunes in a remote corner of Utah

MEXICAN HAT - small settlement at the centre of some dramatic landscapes

MONUMENT VALLEY - world-famous red rock buttes and mesas

MOUNT TIMPANOGOS REGION - scenic area of the Wasatch Mountains

NATURAL BRIDGES NATIONAL MONUMENT - three large natural bridges in canyon country

NEBO LOOP SCENIC BYWAY - winding road through the southern Wasatch Mountains

NINE MILE CANYON - ancient rock art in a remote part of central Utah

PARIA RIMROCKS - colorful strata and strangely shaped rocks

POTASH ROAD - scenic byway beside the Colorado River, west of Moab

RED CANYON - eroded formations near Bryce Canyon

RED CLIFFS RECREATION AREA - colorful cliffs north of St George, split by the narrow canyon of Quail Creek

SALT LAKE DESERT - endless stretches of white desert

SAN RAFAEL SWELL - geologically unusual, little known part of central Utah

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK - popular, recently created park featuring red rocks, sand dunes and a reservoir

SANTA CLARA RIVER RESERVE - a riparian canyon, desert hills, branched ravines and petroglyphs

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK - red rocks, white cliffs and black lava

TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT - central attraction of Timpanogos Mountains

UINTA MOUNTAINS - high, sedimentary range in the northeast; many lakes and Alpine basins

VALLEY OF THE GODS - small scale version of Monument Valley

WASATCH MOUNTAIN STATE PARK - Utah's most popular state park; many kinds of recreation, in wooded, hilly surroundings

YANT FLAT CLIFFS - swirling, patterned sandstone in a variety of colors, on the southern slopes of the Pine Valley Mountains

ZION NATIONAL PARK - huge sandstone cliffs and sheer, narrow canyons formed by the Virgin River and its tributaries; perhaps the most spectacular scenery in Utah


ASH MEADOWS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - large springs at the edge of the Mojave Desert, including Devils Hole

BASIN AND RANGE NATIONAL MONUMENT - large area of valleys and mountains north of Crystal Springs; typical landscapes of the Great Basin

BEAVER DAM STATE PARK - remote area near the Utah border, centered on a deep, forested, steep-sided canyon

BERLIN-ICHTHYOSAUR STATE HISTORIC PARK - fossil exposures and a mining ghost town, in a remote location

BLACK ROCK DESERT - epitome of Nevada's basin and range landscapes; a vast dry lake bed in the remote northwest, home to the Burning Man festival

BOYSEN STATE PARK - large, branched reservoir on the Wind River, enclosed by low cliffs and grassy prairie

CATHEDRAL GORGE STATE PARK - fantastic eroded rock formations with narrow ravines and caves

DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK - starkly beautiful desert wilderness contained within the largest NPS preserve outside Alaska (described in the California section)

FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - dramatic red cliffs above a large artificial lake (described in the Utah section)

FORT CHURCHILL STATE HISTORIC PARK - historic mail station and the remains of a US army fort, plus a section of the Carson River

GREAT BASIN NATIONAL PARK - isolated mountains featuring varied climate zones, limestone caverns, a glacier and far reaching views over the Great Basin Desert

HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK - Wyoming's oldest state park; natural springs and travertine terraces by the Big Horn River, near Thermopolis

INDEPENDENCE ROCK STATE HISTORIC SITE - conspicuous granite outcrop in the middle of the prairie along the historic Emigrant Trail, inscribed with the names of hundreds of pioneers

KERSHAW-RYAN STATE PARK - short, spring-fed canyon near Caliente, cultivated in the 1870s

LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - extensive desert region centered around a large lake on the Colorado River, formed by Hoover Dam (described in the Arizona section)

LAKE TAHOE NEVADA STATE PARK - sandy beaches on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, plus hiking trails and backcountry lakes

LAKE TAHOE - major center for recreation, surrounded by high granite peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountains (described in the California section)

LAS VEGAS - the reason why most people visit Nevada

LITTLE FINLAND - amazing, intricate formations of deep red Aztec sandstone

LUNAR CRATER NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK - volcanic formations in a very remote part of central Nevada

MORMON STATION STATE HISTORIC PARK - replica of an 1850s trading post, at the foot of the Carson Range in the far west of the state

MOUNT CHARLESTON - 11,918 foot peak in the Spring Mountains near Las Vegas, popular for hiking, camping and skiing

OLD LAS VEGAS MORMON FORT STATE HISTORIC PARK - mostly reconstructed remains of the earliest non-native settlement in Las Vegas

PERIODIC SPRING - mountain stream near Afton which starts and stops at regular intervals

PYRAMID LAKE - saline lake in the remote deserts of the northwest, surrounded by sagebrush flats, scattered tufa formations and desolate mountains

RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA - red cliffs and canyons in the Spring Mountains west of Las Vegas

SCENIC DRIVES - long, scenic highways across Nevada: I-80, US 50, US 93, NV 305, NV 375 (the 'Extraterrestrial Highway') and NV 376

SINKS CANYON STATE PARK - canyon southwest of Lander where the Popo Agie River disappears into a limestone cave then re-emerges downstream

SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH STATE PARK - collection of ranch buildings adjoining the Spring Mountains just west of Las Vegas

SPRING VALLEY STATE PARK - flat-floored valley, low hills, historic buildings and a reservoir, in a remote location east of Pioche

TULE SPRINGS FOSSIL BEDS NATIONAL MONUMENT - desert washes, mud hills and creosote bush plains north of Las Vegas, site of many Ice Age fossil discoveries

VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK - weathered landscape of red, yellow and pink sandstone, close to Lake Mead. The park also has petrified dunes, narrow canyons, sheer cliffs and petroglyphs

WARD CHARCOAL OVENS STATE HISTORIC PARK - six well-preserved charcoal kilns dating from 1876, in the foothills of the Egan Range south of Ely

WHITNEY POCKETS - colorful desert area north of Lake Mead, featuring unusual eroded formations of deep red sandstone

WIND RIVER RANGE - remote mountain range containing spectacular glacial peaks and basins



BOYSEN STATE PARK - large, branched reservoir on the Wind River, enclosed by low cliffs and grassy prairie

FLAMING GORGE NATIONAL RECREATION AREA - dramatic red cliffs above a large artificial lake (described in the Utah section)

FOSSIL BUTTE NATIONAL MONUMENT - site of important fossil discoveries, in barren country of grassy mesas and sagebrush valleys, near Kemmerer

GRAND TETON NATIONAL PARK - particularly high, rugged, steep and spectacular mountain range, north of Jackson and south of Yellowstone NP. Park also includes Jackson Lake and the valley of the Snake River

HOT SPRINGS STATE PARK - Wyoming's oldest state park; natural springs and travertine terraces by the Big Horn River, near Thermopolis

INDEPENDENCE ROCK STATE HISTORIC SITE - conspicuous granite outcrop in the middle of the prairie along the historic Emigrant Trail, inscribed with the names of hundreds of pioneers

PERIODIC SPRING - mountain stream near Afton which starts and stops at regular intervals, one of only a few such intermittent springs in the world

SINKS CANYON STATE PARK - canyon southwest of Lander where the Popo Agie River disappears into a limestone cave then re-emerges downstream

WIND RIVER RANGE - remote mountain range containing spectacular glacial peaks and basins

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK - the first national park in the World, and possibly still the best; amazing geothermal phenomena, rugged mountain landscapes and abundant wildlife. Heavy snowfall in winter