Seduced by the desert

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Seduced by the desert

Deep in the Southwest exploring dunes, canyons and cacti
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, just north of Tucson, Ariz., is one of a number of parks in the region that offer sunshine, scenery and peaceful hiking trails.
Hikers can roam for hours in the dunes at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The park offers other-worldly scenery, bringing to mind a blizzard or a beach when in fact it is a desert.
Saguaro National Park in Arizona is divided into two districts with the city of Tucson in between them.
Hikers explore dunes on a ranger-led hike in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. A yucca plant and footprints punctuate the endless white sand desert.
Spring wildflowers blooming amid the red rocks of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools.

Seduced by the desert

Sabino Canyon Recreation Area, just north of Tucson, Ariz., is one of a number of parks in the region that offer sunshine, scenery and peaceful hiking trails.
Hikers can roam for hours in the dunes at White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The park offers other-worldly scenery, bringing to mind a blizzard or a beach when in fact it is a desert.
Saguaro National Park in Arizona is divided into two districts with the city of Tucson in between them.
Hikers explore dunes on a ranger-led hike in White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. A yucca plant and footprints punctuate the endless white sand desert.
Spring wildflowers blooming amid the red rocks of Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Ariz. The 2,704-foot-high mountain offers 360-degree views of distant mountain ranges and closer views of golf courses and pools.
If you go

PICACHO PEAK STATE PARK: http://azstateparks.com/Parks/PIPE/ (about 45 miles from Tucson, Arizona)
SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: www.nps.gov/sagu (about 12 miles from Tucson, Arizona)
BEAR CANYON TRAIL: http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/coronado/recreation/hiking/recarea/?recid=25612&actid=50 (in Sabino Canyon, about 14 miles from Tucson, Arizona)
ROCK HOUND STATE PARK: http://www.emnrd.state.nm.us/SPD/rockhoundstatepark.html (near Deming, New Mexico, about 100 miles from El Paso, Texas)
CHIRICAHUA NATIONAL MONUMENT: www.nps.gov/chir (about 120 miles east of Tucson, Arizona)
WHITE SANDS NATIONAL MONUMENT.: www.nps.gov/whsa (located in New Mexico, about 95 miles from El Paso, Texas)
CAMELBACK TRAIL: http://phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/camelback/ (in Phoenix, Arizona) recarea/?recid=25612&actid=50 (in Sabino Canyon, about 14 miles from Tucson, Arizona)

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