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New Mexico Kicks On Route 66

Because it runs almost 2,500 miles across the United States, there's wisdom in traveling U.S. Route 66 in bites. Such a strategy not only makes it easier to fit into the typical one- or two-week vacation, but it allows you to take a slower pace to enjoy more of the landscape both directly alongside, and nearby, this iconic highway. If your focus is the Land of Enchantment, a good guide for such a trip is New Mexico Kicks On Route 66.

Outdoor Retailer Show Will Leave Utah Over Stance On Public Lands

After hearing “more of the same” from Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, leaders in the outdoors and recreation industry decided Thursday to move their twice-yearly convention, Outdoor Retailer, out of Salt Lake City “as soon as possible,” severing a 20-year relationship that generates about $45 million annually to the metropolitan area.

Pump Houses At Indian Garden, Phantom Ranch To Be Rehabbed At Grand Canyon National Park

National Park Service crews are going to be rehabilitating the pump houses at Indian Garden and the Black Bridge near Phantom Ranch in Grand Canyon National Park. Completion of both projects is anticipated in mid-April. These projects may temporarily disrupt backcountry users.

Lewd Behavior Prompts Closure Of Camping Area In Gulf Islands National Seashore

In response to numerous complaints about public nudity and indecent behavior that has damaged natural resources, Gulf Islands National Seashore has suspended primitive camping at the Perdido Key Area in Florida while the park develops a plan to address these concerns.

Good Books For Visiting...Yosemite National Park

There's nothing like a good book or two to help you prepare for a national park visit, whether you're looking for some historical background, a trail or two to hike, or interested in the natural resources or local culture. With that in mind, here are a few titles you might consider in preparation of a visit to Yosemite National Park in California.

Outdoor Industry Mulling Options For Utah Politicians' Public Lands Stance

Some are out, some are in. That's the current status of industry turnout for this summer's Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, where industry chiefs are debating how best to respond to Utah politicians who want the Trump administration to remove the national monument designation from the Bears Ears landscape in the state's southeastern corner.

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