The towns of Cedar City and Brian Head, Utah have thriving arts scenes and plenty of incredible restaurants, breweries and wineries. The only thing that could make these lively destinations even better? The vast stretches of public lands surrounding them, full of vivid red cliffs, wildflower-studded aspen glades, a national monument and two national parks.
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When traveling to National Parks and other awe-inspiring places in the Southwest United States, you also travel across the ancestral lands of many different Indigenous tribes. We have created a guide to help you feel prepared exploring Indigenous heritage in the Southwest and Four Corners region on your next road trip. Indigenous communities are still very much tied to the land, and you can create a positive experience for both yourself and these communities by visiting with gratitude and respect – prepared to learn about the local cultures and histories.
For the ultimate archaeology road trip through the Four Corners region, look no further! From the Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park to the petroglyphs at Chaco Canyon, the sandstone spires in Canyon de Chelly, and plenty of other incredible dwellings, hikes, and sites in between, this 10-day itinerary is the southwestern archaeology itinerary of a lifetime.
Conveniently located less than a two hour drive from the Front Range, Sterling is just as easy to get to as it is to explore! Escape the crowds and enjoy a peaceful getaway in Northeastern Colorado’s arts and culture hub. This historic town offers unparalleled access to nature and has something for everyone: biking, birding, fishing, art, history, great food, and more!
Just under two hours away from the bustle and the crowds of the Front Range, the historic town of Sterling feels like a blissful breath of fresh air. The arts and culture hub of Northeastern Colorado offers unparalleled access to nature and has something for everyone: biking, birding, fishing, art, history, shopping, great food, and more! Choose your own adventure as you mix and match a wide range of activity options.
Spend 3 days hiking in the San Francisco Peaks and sampling some of Flagstaff’s best restaurants and watering holes. Whether you’re looking to summit Arizona’s tallest peak or an easier hike among aspens and wildflowers, this itinerary has you covered.
Where do arts, culture, history, and adventure collide? Laramie, Wyoming! Come to Laramie for the adventure, stay for the culture.
Transport yourself back into the old west as you explore Laramie, Wyoming. Visit the prison that once held Butch Cassidy, get up close with a historic train, and more!
About five miles south of town, something starts to happen. The landscape stretches out and the monstrous, nearly 11,000-foot silhouette of Pilot Peak starts to rise over West Wendover. Its stark presence reaching out from the middle of the desert is intriguing and dramatic. When I was there it had just snowed up high, making views of this iconic peak truly breathtaking.