The geographic region of the South West covers Arizona, New Mexico and parts of California, Colorado, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. Two of its largest cities are Las Vegas and Phoenix, both of which provide the most common entry points for visitors from the UK. The South West is home to more than five national parks, exceptional wildlife and one of the largest geological formations on Earth. Hike up mighty mountains, look down on enchanting desert scenes, join an authentic cowboy experience, and learn about the traditions of one of the many indigenous tribes that call this land home. The sprawling landscapes, the big skies, the impressive rock formations and the deep history entice many to come and visit this part of the country.
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