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This photo shows an old building in Rhylolite, Nev., a ghost town located northeast of Death Valley National Park. (AP Photo/John Marshall)

Ghost towns tell story of mining days in Old West

DEATH VALLEY JUNCTION, Calif. – The Amargosa Hotel was once a hub of activity, the Spanish Colonial-style buildings filled with workers from the Pacific Coast Borax company.


A New Mexico bucket list

What’s on your must-do agenda for the Land of Enchantment?

Harold Simpson, top, a full-blooded Navajo tour guide, walks through the stark landscape of Monument Valley on the Utah-Arizona border. Simpson stands in the middle of a controversy between tourism and preserving the land. (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Monument Valley tourism spurs conflict

Remote Monument Valley pits Navajo elders concerned with preserving area’s spiritual significance against burgeoning tourism development

Taos Pueblo is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (Courtesy of Lenny Foster/Taos Pueblo)

Taos is so close and yet so far from the ordinary

Feasting at the country’s oldest pueblo, trekking mountains with a llama along to lug the heavy stuff, hiking in 242,500 acres of natural wilderness, and then kayaking the Rio Grande?

Members of the Voladores de Papantla from Veracruz, Mexico, prepare a pole for a performance at El Rancho de las Golondrinas near Santa Fe on Friday. (Eddie Moore/Albuquerque Journal)

Viva Mexico celebration

Members of the Voladores de Papantla from Veracruz, Mexico have returned as the featured act for this year’s Viva Mexico celebration at El Rancho de las Golondrinas near Santa Fe this weekend.