Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park. Photo © Steven Prorak/123rf.

Hiking, Camping, and Backpacking in Big Bend National Park

Big Bend offers more than 200 miles of hiking trails ranging from short, easy nature walks and day hikes to primitive mountain trails for experienced hikers and overnight backpackers. There’s truly something for everyone here—families can take their time on moderate trails with printed interpretive brochures as a guide, while hard-core backpackers have the option of taking backcountry trails into the desolate wilderness for challenging treks at their own pace.

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Moon Route 66 Road Trip

Hit the road! Moon Route 66 Road Trip includes unbeatable information for casual road trippers and well-worn motorists alike, with up-to-date information on attractions and tips for travelers, and fascinating tales from the rich history of “America’s Highway.” Detailed driving routes give you all you need, including mileage from place to place, driving times, and […]

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Where to Travel in 2016: A Month-by-Month List

Most of us at Moon have an ever-growing list of places we want to visit, a common side effect of working on travel books. This list reflects a few of the destinations that inspired our wanderlust in the last year. There are trip-of-a-lifetime–type destinations, and there are smaller destinations, but all of them triggered that classic reverie, imagining what it would be like to be there, feeling that pull.

Big Bend, Texas. Photo 123rf.

The Rugged Beauty of Big Bend National Park

The colossal Big Bend National Park encompasses more than 800,000 acres of spectacular canyons, mesmerizing Chihuahuan Desert, awe-inspiring Chisos Mountains, and unexpectedly temperate woodlands. Soak up the natural beauty through your own eyes, play some appropriate West Texas soundtrack music (Willie Nelson complements the scenery quite nicely) and marvel at the jagged peaks, desert cacti, and sweeping vistas.

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Moon Southwest Road Trip

HIT THE ROAD! See Las Vegas, Utah’s National Parks, Monument Valley, Route 66, the Grand Canyon, Santa Fe and Taos. See the top destinations in the American Southwest with this book as your guide. Our detailed driving routes give you all you need, including mileage from place to place, driving times, and advice on the […]

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Moon Idaho

Seasoned food, wine, and travel writer James P. Kelly offers his unique perspective on this remarkable travel destination, from free Wednesday night concerts at The Grove in Boise to the bizarre rock outcroppings of the Magic Valley. Kelly uses his local knowledge to craft original trip ideas, including Five Days of Fun in the Sawtooths, […]

A crumbling church bell tower and wooden crosses mark the site of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680.

Visiting Taos Pueblo in New Mexico

Even if you’ve been in New Mexico for a while and think you’re inured to adobe, Taos Pueblo is an amazing sight. Two clusters of multistory mud-brick buildings from the 1200s make up the core of this village, one of the oldest continually inhabited community in the United States.

Ten Thousand Waves brings Japan to Santa Fe.

Spas and Hot Springs in New Mexico

New Mexico is home to some of the finest hot springs you can find; some have remained glorious spots of relaxation away from it all at the end of a long, rewarding hike, while others have grown into full-service luxury spas. Whatever your preference, here are the best spas and hot springs in New Mexico from Santa Fe, Taos, and the Pueblo of Jemez.

Exterior of the Mabel Dodge Luhan House / Inn in Taos. New Mexico.

Taos Plaza Walking Tour

Here you’ll find the major sights around Taos Plaza listed in the order of a potential walking tour. Stroll quickly to get oriented, or take your time and visit the museums along the way. Either way, you’ll pass a few other historical spots as well.