The Cholla Cactus Garden along Pinto Basin Road. Photo © Jenna Blough.

5-Day Best of Joshua Tree Itinerary

The landscape of Joshua Tree National Park is mesmerizing—from the spiky trees to the scoured desert, and jumbled boulders begging to be climbed. Explore the land, climb mountains and mines, and experience all the best of Joshua Tree with this 5-day itinerary.

Sand dunes in Death Valley, California.

Visit Stovepipe Wells and the Nevada Triangle

For such a small slice of Death Valley, the Nevada Triangle and Stovepipe Wells area of Death Valley National Park hold many attractions. Along with some background information, expert author Jenna Blough presents tips on planning your time and seeing the sights.

A temporarily abandoned Toyota Land Cruiser with missing (broken) front steering knuckle in a canyon above Panamint Valley.

Death Valley Desert Survival Tips

Death Valley’s vast spaces, remote roads, and weather extremes can create potentially risky situations, but traveling is not any more dangerous than in other national parks if you are prepared for the unique environment. Know what weather to expect and where you’re going, and be prepared for the unexpected.

Sunrise at Dante's View, looking out over Death Valley, California.

Accessible Sights and Drives in Death Valley

These recommended destinations in Death Valley National Park include drives and sights easily seen from parking areas as well as two ADA-accessible trails. Roads are paved or graded dirt, and in most cases there are no formal parking spaces.

Cover of Moon California Camping 19th edition

Moon California Camping

Tom Stienstra, the nation’s top-selling outdoors writer, invites you to spend the night under the stars with the latest edition of Moon California Camping. Extremely comprehensive and packed with useful information, Moon California Camping covers more than 1,400 camping options throughout the state, from sites nestled among towering redwoods to remote backcountry destinations in the […]

Monument Valley in Arizona.

Arizona Road Trips: Driving the Scenic Byways

Gas up the car, grab some road food and sodas, make that perfect highway mix for the stereo (pick songs that go well with long, empty views), and hit the road on one of these scenic drives around Arizona.

A hawk with white chest feathers perches on the dried remnants of a tree.

Tucson’s Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

This is the best place to learn about both the general structure and the minute details of the surrounding desert, and probably your only realistic chance to see all of the unique creatures that call it home. Discover more about this world-famous museum and zoo.