The U.S.-Mexico Border Found While Hiking Coronado National Memorial

This is it. The hike when I learned never to risk running out of water. When I got quite lost hiking Coronado National Memorial on what was supposed to be an easy outing near the border between the United States and Mexico in Southwest Arizona, I tried hard not to panic. But that was …

This day involves a walk along the easy Desert Loop Trail of the Tucson Desert Museum that is dotted with fossils and caves, and an easy walk along the Signal Hill Trail of the Saguaro National Park that is dotted with ancient art and saguaros. From petroglyphs to fossilized bats and petrified poop, this …

Ranger on the Anza Trail

The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail traces the 1,200-mile historic route of Juan Bautista de Anza who left Mexico in 1775 and – along with 300 colonists – traveled all the way to California, creating an overland route to what we now call San Francisco.  The trail, which is the first international …

Antelope Canyon

From Zion National Park to Glen Canyon to Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon with – if you can believe it – stops in between, this is an ambitious addition to my “perfect day” series. But it was all possible in a day – a perfect day. This day all started with …

Shhh…it’s a secret! The Kolob Canyons section of Zion National Park is quiet. Seriously quiet. The experience here is far different from the shuttle buses at the main visitor center of Zion 40 miles to the south.