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Durango’s 140-year-old steam locomotive is just one of Colorado’s spectacular historic rail lines.
forests

Ride the Rails to Discover Hidden History and Incredible Hiking in Colorado

Follow the footsteps of cowboys and coal miners—and catch a rare glimpse of the state’s wild inner core.
Unaweep Divide, west.
List

Discover Geological Oddities in Colorado

Over 2 billion years of diverse tectonic forces turned Colorado into a playground for the geologically inclined.
Paint Mines Interpretive Park
Itinerary

9 Hidden Wonders in Eastern Colorado

Roam with dinosaurs, scale the minarets of an actual castle, witness rare birds, and revel at starry skies.
Itinerary

7 Places to Experience Big Wonder in Texas

Hit the state’s highest peaks, darkest skies, and widest vistas on this super-sized road trip.
The changing colors of Uluru at sunset. The famous gigantic monolith rock in the Australian desert.
Itinerary

The Explorer’s Guide to the Northern Territory, Australia

Stargazing, bush tucker, and wildlife from the Top End to the Red Centre
The sun rises on the badlands of Death Valley National Park. On a summer morning, the temperature may already be over 100 degrees.
fauna

The Park Ranger Who Lives and Works in the Hottest Place in North America

In a vast, remote land of extremes, wild animals, plants, and humans adapt to survive.
Big Balanced Rock stuns along the Heart of Rocks Loop near Wilcox, AZ.
Itinerary

A Guide to Arizona’s Most Striking Natural Wonders

A journey through underground lava caves, enormous balancing rocks, and breathtaking canyons.
Beware hungry cows.
museums and collections

The Arizona Cattle Ranch Hiding 10,000 Year-Old Petroglyphs

Brantley Baird’s Rock Art Ranch offers tours of canyon-wall petroglyphs and a stunning collection of ancient pottery.