You will find adventure at every turn. From mountain peaks to sun-swept deserts, Carbon has it all. Located in Southeastern Utah, Castle Country offers activities & sites from both Carbon and Emery Counties.
Dinosaurs are everywhere in Castle Country. Learn about where you can see dinosaur bones, footprints and more at the real life dinosaur quarry (Cleveland Lloyd). The Prehistoric Museum also features Dinosaurs, Ice Age & Archaeology.
Trace the steps of outlaws, train robbers and cattle rustlers on your own historic tour. For the law-abiding citizen, visit the area’s historic cemeteries or abandoned mine camps.
It’s all here, and it’s all waiting for you – in Castle Country!
St. Lawrence County on New York’s Northern Border spans from the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to the St. Lawrence River, offering fishing opportunities for everyone. Hundreds of rivers, lakes, reservoirs, and streams offer peaceful surroundings, a variety of species, strong fish populations, and good public access. Tournaments are held throughout the year for all ages and abilities, including several ice fishing derbies. Professional anglers have claimed the St. Lawrence River as one of the top fresh water fisheries, with the Bassmaster Elite Series hosting the top pros annually in Waddington, NY. The FLW is also booked for a tournament on the St. Lawrence River In 2019.
St. Lawrence is truly a “county for all seasons” and a “county for all anglers.” The diversity of species and experiences keeps anglers coming back every year. Whether they are downrigging for muskies in Massena, ice fishing for yellow perch and northern pike at Chippewa Bay, jigging for walleyes on the Raquette River reservoirs, canoeing for smallmouth bass on the Grasse River, fly fishing for brown trout on the St. Regis River, small boating for lake trout on Trout Lake and rainbows on Star Lake, trolling for trophy brook trout on Cranberry Lake, jigging for black crappies and casting for largemouth bass on Black Lake, hiking the wilderness for native brook trout swims, or casting that 12 foot pole to fight with the mighty carp, the stories of fishing last generations. A list of water bodies and species finders can be found on the counties site devoted to fishing; www.fishcap.net
St. Lawrence River: The majestic St. Lawrence River forms a portion of the north-western boundary of the County, State, and the U.S., and the scenery alone makes any outing a memorable experience. The river is more than 700 miles and is the largest west-east river in North America. This powerful flow offers first-rate angling for muskies, walleyes, northern pike, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, bullhead and carp along its entire length. It is also has crappies, pumkinseeds, rock bass, catfish, coho salmon, Chinook salmon, lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, eels, suckers, drum, and others. Launch a boar at Schermerhorn Landing, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Waddington or Massena.
Black Lake: Black Lake has a 20 mile length and 60 miles of shoreline, located in the township of Hammond. While there are depths of 30 feet, the average is only 8. A fisheries biologist once referred to the lake as a “fish factory.” Indeed, this water does hold incredible populations of game fish and panfish. A number of national publications have rated Black Lake among the ten best bass waters in the country. The lake’s outstanding ice fishing also contribute to its fine reputation. This Lake is know for its largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, black crappie, yellow perch, bluegills and bullhead, and even muskie.
Cranberry Lake: Cranberry Lake, located in the Adirondack wilderness offers good fishing for brook trout and smallmouth bass. In the late 1800s’ the lake earned a reputation for quality brook trout fishing, and that reputation stands today as anglers catch a number of brookies weighing over four pounds every year. Since 1981, the DEC has been stocking over 20,000 brook trout annually. The best fishing occurs in the spring at the mouth of the various creeks and brooks that flow into the lake. Smallmouth bass can be caught throughout the summer by working points and rocky areas. Wind blown shorelines can be especially productive. Successful techniques include drifting live minnows or crayfish, trolling minnow plugs, or casting in-line spinners, small crankbaits or tipped jigs. The Oswegatchie River at the lakes outlet is a popular trout water because of good access and high numbers of fish.
Between the extraordinary landscape and outdoor adventures, charming small towns, accessibility of the region, first-rate culinary options, world-renowned art, and laid-back, unpretentious vibe that distinguishes the region’s personality, it’s difficult to find anywhere quite like Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes.
While we can’t take credit for all the remarkable scenery you’ll find here, we have figured out the best ways to make the most of it, like biking the scenic byways that connect our small towns, hiking the wilderness footpaths of the Finger Lakes Trail, paddling the many waterways, walking among waterfalls, or camping out under the stars. There’s nothing quite so peaceful or empowering as time spent outdoors.
Start the day off by hiking a trail with sunlight cascading through the trees and a backpack slung over your shoulders to get a real feel for the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes. A 950-mile system of trails that meanders throughout the region, the Finger Lakes Trail provides a variety of excellent thru-hikes as well as fun day hikes. Some branch trails even overlap with the North Country National Scenic Trail which runs from New York to North Dakota, while other branch trails connect with the Great Eastern Trail extending all the way to the Alabama-Florida border.
Whether you set out on your own, or you entrust your journey to one of our hiking guides, you’ll feel revitalized after spending time on the trail. Our guides will work with you to customize your hike, either for the afternoon, a full day, or a three-day adventure! You can add to your experience by learning important skills like land navigation and map reading.
Enjoy the peacefulness of being carried away on the river current or the simple serenity of being removed from the rest of the world for a while. There’s nothing like a kayaking or canoeing adventure on the Canisteo, Cohocton, Chemung, or Tioga rivers to remind you why you love the great outdoors. And don’t forget to explore the most unusual of all the Finger Lakes. Y-shaped Keuka Lake’s calm waters make it a great place for Stand Up Paddleboarding, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, and fishing.
Imagine yourself immersed in the quiet tranquility and scenic beauty of Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes. Now picture yourself on a bicycle, sunlight on your face and breeze at your back. In one day, you can expect to encounter everything from lakes and waterfalls to farmlands and quintessentialsmall towns. Wind your way along scenic backroads twisting along and over rolling hills draped in the colors of the seasons. Pass by lush pastures and babbling brooks. Stop at parks, breathtaking overlooks, and yes, even world-class wineries along the way.
Winslow offers a wide range of outdoor activities at beautiful McHood Park/Clear Creek Reservoir. Outdoor fun that includes kayaking and canoeing, boating, fishing, swimming, diving, hiking and more! Water toys, kayaks, paddle boats and more are conveniently available to rent during the spring and summer seasons. Hiking enthusiasts will discover many trails to hike on this high desert plateau with birds and wildlife to view. There is a wonderful little boat launch available too. Jet skis are enjoyed by many, so if you’re looking for a new place to explore and play in the summer – this could be it!
McHood Park, located along the waters of Clear Creek, is a perfect spot for camping and picnicking. Covered ramadas, grills, parking and bathrooms are available. It’s a great place for large or small gatherings of friends and family. The campgrounds are hosted and currently there are no fees. The sites cozy up to the shores of the reservoir and include a table and campfire area that facilitate the fun you’ll have in this high desert playground.
Jack’s Canyon, is a favored spot for Sport Rock Climbing enthusiasts, and features over 200 steep limestone climbing routes in a section of the canyon called Moenkopi. The climbing here is often called gymnastic climbing and is very much enjoyed by the intermediate climber. Miles of canyon walls to enjoy can be found here!
All this fun is within just a few short miles south of downtown Winslow. Take Hwy 87 South from downtown Winslow, go one mile to and take Hwy 99 east for another four miles, and you’re there! Follow the signs to McHood Park.
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It is already a blazing hot summer morning when we head for the Gulf of Mexico on Florida’s Crystal River. With the breeze blowing over our swiftly moving boat we hardly notice.
It is the first week of the summer scallop season on Northern Florida’s Gulf Coast. We’re here to catch the delectable Florida Bay Scallop and since there is no commercial scallop fishery in Florida, diving is the only way to get them. (Recreational scallop season runs from July to September.)
As we break out into the Gulf, there are boats scattered to the horizon. Our boat Captain stops to trade news with other captains on the best spots so far. Heads bob in the water. Dive flags wave in a light wind.
Cooled by the breeze, we slip into the warm bath-like water wearing flippers, snorkel and mask and enter another world.
Below, a great green meadow stretches as far as the eye can see.
“Some people call it the womb of the Gulf of Mexico,” says Tim Jones, manager of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Big Bend Seagrass Preserve. “This particular area of Florida is one of the most diverse and biologically productive eco-systems in the world.”
Seagrass flourishes in shallow water where sunlight filters to the sea floor. Here the water is only six feet deep.
The scallops are filter feeders living hidden among the grasses. They prove tricky to find.
It doesn’t matter.
One discovery leads to another as we float on the surface scanning the bottom.
Fish swim above the swaying seagrass and an occasional star fish, sponge or seahorse appears. It’s mesmerizing.
Scallops are what we’ve come to find, however, and at last I spot one. It’s hidden in the grass and, what’s more, I see it looking back at me! As I dive down I see its lines of blue iridescent eyes along the edges of its two shells. It begins to flee but I quickly snatch it up and slip it into a mesh bag wrapped around my wrist.
Now that I’ve spotted one, I can spot many. People here refer to it as an underwater Easter egg hunt. Before long, the mesh bag is too heavy to swim with. I surface back into the bright world of sun and sky. We’ve nearly reached our limit of scallops. We’ll eat well tonight.
Before we leave, though, I submerge one more time into the underwater quiet.
The sun shines through the water in parallel bands.
The grass sways with the current. A seahorse flits by.
The ancient dance of the ocean–sun, water, life–rolls on.
We were a couple of road-weary travelers when we drove into the town of Beaver, Utah, halfway between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas along Interstate-15. Beaver was going to be our base camp for a couple days.
After a good night’s sleep we consulted with the locals, and soon we found ourselves a few miles east of I-15 riding two rented off-highway vehicles on the famous Piute Trail. We bounced through the densely forested Tushar Mountains, crossing the Beaver River several times as it meandered down the mountains from the beautiful views at Eagle Point Resort along the Beaver River Scenic Byway. No surprise that this is one of the top-rated off-road trails in the United States!
What really stunned us was that just half an hour later, we were on foot scrambling over enormous house-sized limestone boulders in the Mineral Mountains, where the deep sand that makes up the roadways is a pure gold color. It was a breathtaking contrast from the giant stands of pine and fir trees in the mountains to the deep sand, pinion pines, occasional cactus, and white limestone rock formations of this desert!
Depending on the time of year, you can be playing in the snow in Tushar Mountains in the morning, and hiking in the desert that afternoon. This is the only place in Utah where you can experience three significantly different mountain ranges, offering three totally unique experiences!
Just another 20 minutes west of the Mineral Mountains we found old mining ghost camps at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. What a trip!
When YOUarrive in Beaver, be sure to have lunch at the new Creamery, the flagship retail store for the Dairy Farmers of America. The ice cream is delicious, and while there, get some locally crafted cheese for snacks while you’re out exploring. In town, visit a local institution and one of the coolest gun shops and outfitters in the west: Beaver Sport and Pawn.
For a great steak dinner, don’t miss the Timberline Inn Restaurant, just off I-15. And the best burgers, fries and outstanding raspberry/chocolate shakes can be found at El Bambi Café. It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but the interior is packed with customers. It’s a throwback to the mid-century cafes of the 50s. And don’t miss Maria’s Cocina Restaurant. It’s a tiny place, but it’s as authentic as you could hope for. You’ll swear you’re in Mexico. Yum!
“Beaver Country” adventure can be as extreme as you’d like, and it’s guaranteed to be outstanding.
If you’re visiting Southern Utah, make sure you stop in Beaver Country for a great meal, ice cream, or an amazing adventure without the crowds. You’ll love it!
Keshshi/welcome. Adventures of all sorts beckon the discerning traveler “off the beaten path” to Zuni Pueblo! Whether you are an outdoor explorer, a cultural or heritage enthusiast, a history buff or a Native art collector, Zuni has much to offer.
Great natural beauty – as well as historic significance – surrounds our traditional Pueblo community. Dominating mesas, pine and juniper forests, and an abundance of wildlife offer opportunities to explore, hike, hunt, fish and photograph. Visit the Tribe’s website www.ashiwi.orgfor information about seasonal hunting and fishing permits.
Stop first at our Zuni Visitor & Arts Center – located along Highway 53 – to plan your adventure. Obtain local information, maps, photo permits, learn from educational displays, arrange tours and lodging and even purchase gifts and arts. Do learn and respect our protocols before venturing out – some of our more culturally sensitive areas can at times be off limits to photography.
Take a “Cultural Adventure Tour” to experience our historic Middle Place, learn our origins and how we have thrived into today’s modern world. We have always been located on our original homelands and so have a wealth of heritage and ancestral sites to share. Visit our ancestral village of Hawikku where documented history in the Southwest literally began with the Spanish arrivals in 1540 – about 90 years before Plymouth Rock landings! Other tours visit archaeologically significant areas as well as premier rock art sites. Visit ourwww.zunitourism.comwebsite for general as well as tour information to plan your visit.
Glimpse the depth of our cultural heritage through our world-renown arts. With over seventy percent of our community involved in the arts, we can rightly claim to be a “village of artists.” Visit any of our five arts trading posts to see and purchase one-of-a-kind treasures or buy directly from our artists often selling at the Visitor Center.
Encounter some of our finest artists at their home studios on a Zuni Art Walk. Almost a dozen accomplished Zuni artists – representing the diverse traditional arts of pottery, miniature stone “fetish” carving, jewelry and more – are available for studio site visits. Visit www.zunipuebloart.orgto learn about these artists and to schedule visits.
Explore our Zuni Pueblo MainStreet – the first such designated Native community in the US – to purchase artistic treasures at five trading posts, dine at multiple eating options, purchase provisions and gas-up for your adventures. Visit www.zunipueblomainstreet.orgfor information about this program and our local businesses.
Whatever your interest, taste or physical ability, Zuni Pueblo has something to offer. Our original homelands provide literal steps into the past but we are also proud to offer the modern services and conveniences of today’s world. Come visit us at Zuni Pueblo to create a lifetime of unique memories – Elahkwa/Thank you!
Welcome to Yancey County, North Carolina. Distinguished as a scenic mountain destination, we’re also known for our unique blend of mountain music, world-renowned arts and crafts culture, thriving business community, superb education system and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Surrounded by the lofty Black Mountain Range, Yancey County is the site of majestic Mount Mitchell. This landmark, standing at 6,684 feet is the highest peak in the eastern United States. Yancey County is home to six of the tallest peaks east of the Mississippi River.
The lush Pisgah National Forest; the panoramic Blue Ridge Parkway; the clear, tumbling rivers and the scenic Appalachian Trail further enhance the area’s natural beauty and provide countless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing, camping, gem-mining, biking, tubing and white-water rafting.
Burnsville, the county seat, is a picture of Americana, the kind of place that invites you to take a leisurely stroll around the Town Square. Downtown offers a charming mix of shops, galleries and restaurants. From the latest fashions & accessories at upscale boutiques to one-of-a-kind finds at a local antique shop, you’re sure to find a treasure in Burnsville.
The majestic solitude of our mountains with their unspoiled, breathtaking beauty, the gentle pace of life and the warm, welcoming community atmosphere have enticed numerous people to live, work and play here. Come and experience our home – you may find you belong here!
Golf, fish or hunt. Go camping, swimming, or tubing. Take a hike or picnic. Go horseback riding, or whitewater rafting. Play tennis. Enjoy outstanding summer theatre, movies, and concerts. Prospect for real gems and learn about the local mining and mineral history. Absorb some of the country’s finest scenery on our numerous back-road drives. Dare to power off that cell phone! For a peaceful place to unplug and unwind look no further than Yancey County.
It’s a good life we share. Here we live with a conscientious awareness of the rugged, gentle beauty of our land. Stroll around Main Street, alive with many fine shops, galleries and cafes.
On Saturday mornings head to the local Farmers Market where everything for sale has been grown or prepared by the folks selling it. With charming inns, bed & breakfasts, motels, fine camping, good places to eat and to shop, and activity from vigorous to sedate, there’s no better “base camp” for exploration than Burnsville. At your doorstep are enough rewarding diversions to fill a vacation, or a season…or a lifetime. We’re pleased to share its bounty with you!
To explore means to step outside the familiar. It’s not repeating what you’ve done in the past and embracing something new. It’s going beyond Interstate highways and corporate hotels and venturing into places that are off the beaten path, relatively unknown, and naturally untouched. Introducing Washington County in Upstate NY.
Washington County is full of crossroads. It’s where the mid-Atlantic meets New England. It’s where the Adirondack Mountains meet the bustling activity of artisan farmlands. It’s where the breathtaking scenes of Lake George’s undeveloped east shore turn into museums, theaters, and restaurants that bend the past, present, and future. Washington County quietly features parts of history you didn’t know exist, from the Revolutionary War site of Battle Hill to the childhood home of Susan B. Anthony to Whitehall Armory, recognized as the birthplace of the Navy.
One of the most memorable parts of any Washington County adventure is not only what you see, but how you explore it. Your car or motorcycle will likely enter our region via one of our panoramic roads that link up with scenic drives, such as the historic military sites on the Mohegan Trail or the spectacular mountain scenery of the Central Adirondack Trail. That’s just the beginning of a Washington County adventure:
Hike with the entire family
Black Mountain, our most popular hiking option, is a 2.5-mile trail perfect for novice adventurers. Another family-friendly trail is Pilot Knob Preserve, which can be completed in about 45 minutes. Buck Mountain is a 3.3-mile, dog-friendly trail that offers an almost 360-degree view of Lake George.
Bike among the best Washington County’s bicycle routes feature both suburban and rural scenery, while always highlighting the beauty of Upstate New York. While summer is always a popular time for family-friendly biking, you’ll also want to venture back in the autumn. Our bike trails offer one of the best ways to view the full spectrum of New York’s classic fall foliage. Advanced bikers will want to check out the Tour of the Battenkill. Held every spring, it’s the largest pro-amateur bicycle road race in North America.
Make a splash Water has always been one of Washington County’s signature attractions. No matter what level of difficulty you’re seeking, swimming, boating, canoeing, and kayaking can all be enjoyed on Eastern New York’s vast network of lakes, rivers, canals, and ponds. There’s nothing quite like taking in the view of the Adirondacks from the center of Lake George — the 32-mile long “Queen of American Lakes” — or the enjoyment of floating under a covered bridge on the Battenkill. The fun doesn’t stop at the end of summer. Each winter Washington County converts into one of the best kept secrets for snowmobilers, as well cross-country and alpine skiers.
If you’re ready to go beyond the predictable day trip, weekend getaway, or outdoor vacation, visit www.washingtoncounty.funto explore Washington County’s four seasons of family-friendly destinations and activities.