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Stately cacti and incredible desert sceneryFour very large states — Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona — comprise the Southwest region of the United States. This part of the country has landscapes unlike anywhere else, complete with snow-capped peaks, rust-colored sandstone cliffs, rolling prairies, sandy beaches and prickly cacti.
This part of the country is known for its Wild West heritage, but it’s also an outdoor lover’s dream. Several notable U.S. National Parks can be found here, including Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Big Bend National Park in Texas. Meanwhile, New Mexico and Oklahoma are home to a number of Native American historic sites. And all four states feature plenty of opportunities to hike, swim, ride horses and even ski.
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Aransas National Wildlife Refuge Aztec Ruins National Monument Bandelier National Monument Big Bend Ranch State Park Caprock Canyons State Park Chaco Culture National Historical Park Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument Hill Country State Natural Area Lake Livingston State Park Valles Caldera National Preserve Padre Island National Seashore Palo Duro Canyon State Park Petroglyph National Monument Robbers Cave State Park Vermilion Cliffs National Monument White Sands National Monument