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Glacier National Park Road Trip

3,500-Mile, 19-Day Journey to Adventure

Logan Pass, Glacier National Park

NEW! Our September trip featured hiking the backcountry of Glacier National Park with some of the most fantastic scenes in the American West.

Return to the Grand Canyon!

The Rock Art of Shamans' Gallery

Shamans' Gallery, Tuckup Canyon NEW! After 24 years of recovering from our last Grand Canyon expedition, we finally returned in April, 2014. We accompanied my friend's rock art club to Shamans’ Gallery in Tuckup Canyon located in the remote and desolate far western section of Grand Canyon. This is a spectacular rock art site, with many life-sized figures. The artwork may be over 3,000 years old... More...

Special Report: The Iceberg Ladies

Co-eds Brave Frigid Cold in Glacier National Park

Iceberg Lake, Glacier National Park NEW! Lucky spectators to natural beauty at Glacier National Park's Iceberg Lake recently witnessed a bonus spectacle. Two daring co-eds dropped their warm clothes and took a swim in the frigid lake to the nearest iceberg. Ice and snow fall off the sheer walls of the Continental Divide into the lake where they become actual icebergs. More...

Special Guest Feature

The Fine Art of Bill Sherrell

Canyonlands National ParkNEW! AmericanWestTravel.com welcomes fine art landscape photographer, Bill Sherrell. He specializes in the landscapes of Utah and Colorado. This page presents a sampling of his art along with his comments. More...


Colorado Culture

The Strange World of 420 Tourism

Keystone Overlook, San Juan Skyway

NEW! With the legalization of recreational marijuana in Colorado and Washington, there has been much publicity and interest in so-called "420 tourism". My own view is that visiting Colorado without enjoying its scenic beauty as well as indulging is hardly worthwhile. So we tried our own version of the 420 tour. More...

A Palm Springs Wedding

Palm Springs, California

NEW! The author and editor of AmericanWestTravel.com shares a special moment in his life and also suggests some great places to stay, eat, and tour in the resort of Palm Springs, California. More...

Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs (The Wave)

Coyote Buttes

UPDATED Our Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness Guide has been revised and updated. Includes trail guides, printable maps, and narratives for Paria Canyon, Buckskin Gulch, Coyote Buttes North including the Wave, and Coyote Buttes South. More...

Grand Canyon Backpack

Classic Feature Updated And Revised

Grand Canyon National Park Our most exciting and challenging backpacking adventure in Grand Canyon National Park took place in Spring, 1990. The original article recounting the trip was written in the 1990s during the early days of the Internet. This revised feature offers more and better quality photos, a PDF map, and a more detailed account of the adventure. More...

Recent Features We Really Like

California Whale Watching

Humpback whales are often active and close to shore...feeding in the region's nutrient-rich waters from about May to October...

Kicks on Historic Route 66

America's most beloved highway. This is a diverse multi-part story with many great photos!

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona/Utah

REVISED Some of the Southwest's most famous and unusual scenery. The high desert landscape on the border of Arizona and Utah is a fantastic wonderland...

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona

REVISED Become a superstar photographers for a day by visiting Upper and Lower Antelope Canyon, exquisite "slot canyons", abounding with fantastic and easily accessible photo opportunities.

The Wave, Arizona/Utah

REVISED You need to get lucky to visit the magnificent Wave in Coyote Buttes North of the Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, one of the world's most well-known and surreal landscapes.

Remote Adventure at Coyote Buttes South, Arizona

REVISED The companion site to the more famous Wave, the adjacent Coyote Buttes South features an exciting drive on remote roads and at-large exploration of an untrailed wilderness.

The Rock Art of Horseshoe Canyon, Utah

REVISED A detached section of Canyonlands National Park in Utah, features some of the world's greatest rock art

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

REVISED Nevada's Valley of Fire preserves a starkly beautiful section of the Mojave Desert noted for its brilliant red sandstone formations and spectacular sunsets.

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California

REVISED Bumpass Hell offers fascinating volcanic hydrothermal phenomena such as roaring fumaroles, thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground.