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It does remotely look like an airplane as Google Maps / Earth reveals:


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It's clearly visible in Google Maps, where you'll also notice that it is much larger than a real airliner. The human brain is very good at recognizing pattern, and in your case it identified this lake loosely resembling an airliner. The phenomenon of recognizing patterns in random data is called Apophenia. So in summary, there is no reason to assume this ...


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Saguaro cactus are native specifically to the Sonoran desert. This photo outlines where the Sonoran desert is located. According to this TripAdvisor thread, you will not see them 20 minutes north of Phoenix. They seem to stop growing above 3,000 feet above sea level. You should be able to see them south of Sedona, along I-17 interstate highway.


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OK, It's called the Hite Crossing Bridge, and a Street View shot is available at this link that best matches the angle you have. It confused me for a bit as yours is using a long lens, but you can 'walk' down the hill and confirm it's all the same rocks, and in your shot you can just make out the Hite Bridge in the background, which is certainly the one at ...


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You can find Saguaro in South Mountain Park on the south side of Phoenix. Here's a screenshot from Google Street View showing a couple:


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Since you mentioned those two particular shows, you can find the exact shooting locations from IMDb Westworld locations Moab, UT (several different locations) Monument Valley, AZ (which you have been to) etc Also see thing like There's a Reason You Recognize the Landscape of 'Westworld' Magnificent Seven (2016) locations San Francisco Peaks, AZ Coconino ...


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So, according to the National Parks Service: Weekly Passes Weekly passes are non-transferable and are valid for 7 consecutive days including the date of purchase. Weekly passes may be upgraded to annual passes within 7 days of purchase. Private Vehicle: $30. Valid for 7 days. Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or ...


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That's Pineview Reservoir. It has a three-fingered shape (or fuselage-and-wings shape) because it was built at the confluence of several streams. It is indeed a real body of water, but not technically a lake. Sources: Firsthand experience at the reservoir https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pineview_Dam https://www.google.com/maps/@41.2660977,-111.8092137,13z


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You want 1 America the Beautiful Pass. (I don't think there is any such thing as a "US Parks Pass". Your link, usparkpass.com, is just a third-party site selling the same America the Beautiful pass.) If you read the rules for that pass carefully, it says: Allows pass owner and accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle to ...


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New Mexico also has a variety of landscapes, many of which are similar to the described ones. Lincoln National Forest is humongous and has a great deal of paths, roads, and other ways to traverse it (but do so gently, please!). The Gila River valley (in the southwestern quarter of New Mexico primarily) is more lush and wet than most of the rest of the ...


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Bonneville Salt Flats FAQs When is it open to the public? The Bonneville Salt Flats are free and open to the public most of the year. During landspeed racing events and/or filming projects, special security restrictions may be required to maintain public safety. See below for details. If you go out onto the salt flats on your own, let someone know ...


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I have no source to prove this, but from several personal experiences, here is what you can do: you enter by car and buy a pass for the car. Turn right around and park outside Use the shuttle to enter the park. Show the receipt and up to four people can get in on it. That was also recommended by a ranger that we asked about it. This is from the 2013 and ...


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Your segment from Palm Springs to Phoenix will probably be along I-10, which passes through Blythe at the Colorado River between Yuma and Lake Havasu City. There will be scattered saguaro all along that stretch of road and more densely populated patches just off the highway, especially to the south-east of Blythe in southern Arizona. When I lived in ...


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As a Utah native who loves Zions, has lived in Southern Utah and well, generally treats that area as his backyard I can't help but answer this. Answer: We are at the end of the summer season and school in Utah has already started, if your planning to go in the next couple weeks unless you are going on a Saturday, Sunday, or Labor Day, the parking lots aren'...


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Leaving the Phoenix area to the east along Highway 60, there are many many Saguaro between Apache Junction and Superior. Leaving the Phoenix area to the south along the I-10, once you leave the developed area (not too far south of Chandler), you again can see many of them, and can continue to see many of them all the way until you hit the border of New ...


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I've visited Grand Canyon and Monument Valley, and both are kinda "desert-ish", while the one on the picture looks more Nothern (since there's grass and trees, sometimes even forests). If you want more northern, there is Smith Rock in Oregon: but it doesn't have the miles and miles of landscape of the desert southwest. There are really only a couple of ...


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jazzcat's photo shows "The Priest" and "The Rectory" in Castle Valley, Utah, from the north. Castle Valley is just NE of Moab, Utah. It's an area familiar to rock climbers. photo and area info on Mountain Project


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Some destinations that come to mind: The Badlands (in South Dakota) Theodore Roosevelt National Park (North Dakota) The Grand Canyon (Arizona) The Painted Desert and Petrified Forest (Arizona) Central Arizona (between, say, Phoenix and Flagstaff) Of course, as you've noticed, the Arizona locations don't tend to have grassland nearby. The Dakotas, however, ...


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During the main season at the park (spring to fall, essentially), private vehicles are banned on the main park roads. There would simply be too many of them. You can park in various parking areas near the park gates, and there is a free bus that will transport you around the park. It's quite convenient and runs fairly frequently. I thought it would be ...


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Nobody is talking about traffic. The traffic on I 25 between Cheyenne and devore is absolutely horrendous. Either direction. Especially during rush hour. I am a truck driver and I avoid it at all costs, if at all possible. Going I 70 will give you some of the best scenery this country has to offer. Take a break at the rest area at the top of Vail pass. ...


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I've flown into SLC Airport 3 times in the winter to ski at the resorts in Park City and once for Deer Valley and have rented a car each time. I've never had a problem with driving due to the snow. Would the rental cars typically offer winter tyres? - The rental cars I have rented have all come with basic all-season tires. Is the snow cleared often? - Yes, ...


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There is also Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden 10 miles away from downtown Las Vegas. According to the pictures from Google Maps, there are some big cacti there (I don't know whether they are Saguaro or not). Those cacti are not quite "in the wild", but the question as I stated it does not specify whether I'm looking specifically for cacti in the wild. (In ...


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Sunset Point (and all the other named points in Bryce) all have parking lots of various sizes, as well as a well paved Rim Trail that connects all of them. In particular, Sunset Point's parking lot probably fits 60-70 cars.


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Big Bend National Park in Texas. This is the largest National Park in the 48 States...as I recall, it is about 750,000 acres. It is all desert, semi-desert and mountains. Google it.


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From what I can see on the official UTA website, it is impossible to get farther than Salt Lake City on a Sunday night. It is possible to take the 704 to the Arena station as the last train departs at 11:16PM on a Sunday night. However the only public bus to Park City is the 902 line, which doesn't run on the weekends. Therefore you could either get a ...


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Here's some things to consider. Some people go I-80 to Laramie and down through Fort Collins into Denver. However, Fort Collins has developed and more stoplights will slow you down. Now some people elect to go to Cheyenne and then down I-25 but this adds some distance. Where you want to go/or traveling from in the Denver area is a big factor in your ...


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Based on your criteria, the I-70 to US-6 route appears to be superior. This route has T-Mobile 3G coverage along most of its route, whereas I-80 has little or no data coverage west of Cheyenne. This route is slightly shorter, though the difference in distance is trivial. As both routes travel through mountain passes, fuel usage should be similar between ...


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If you're in a canyon or gully and it starts raining hard (> 5 mins), get to higher ground ASAP. This should be obivous, but perhaps not. Most serious trouble from flash flooding come from people camping in a gully and some distance away, the rains come off a mountain in a flood. Preventing this is a bit harder, but still not difficult. Look around for ...


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For small memorial plaques and the like, you can consult the American Memorials Directory and the Historical Marker Database, which turn up a handful of memorials. The only one that makes the list of the "Doughboy Center's" list of AEF memorials is the World War I memorial outside the Mohave County Court House in Kingman, Arizona. It has one of only seven ...


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