During the summer months the Southwest is generally too hot to comfortably hike its trails or camp in its back country. But like most generalizations, this one has exceptions (more…)
The Junior Ranger motto is “Explore, Learn and Protect!” This program is one of the park system’s best ideas to get children interested in, and educated about, our national parks, recreation and conservation areas, and other public lands. What few may know is that there is no age restriction of any kind on this program. (more…)
Only an hour’s drive north of Las Vegas, Valley of Fire State Park makes a great day-trip destination. The park includes some of Southern Nevada’s most colorful landscapes of fiery red sandstone, sculpted by millions of years of erosion and geologic events. It is Nevada’s largest state park, at 42,000 acres, and also the oldest, established in 1935. (more…)
There are several underground lava tubes in our region, including a small one which is fairly easy to access in the 1.6 million-acre Mojave National Preserve. The location is only a couple of hours south of Las Vegas. Furthermore, this is a good adventure for just about any age, as the tube is neither extremely confining nor totally dark. (more…)
There is something particularly appealing about sitting on the summit of a remote sand dune, especially at sunrise or sunset.
While there are many places in our desert southwest to do this, if you seek solitude, it is best to choose those that are closed to Off-Highway Vehicles, (OHVs), horses and sandboarders. The three that stand out to me lie within a day’s drive of Las Vegas, in Eastern California. They are Eureka and Panamint Dunes in Death Valley National Park, and Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve. (more…)
When your schedule doesn’t allow you to visit remote areas, but you are still itching for nature, an outer urban trail is a welcome relief. My favorite lies within the Clark County Wetlands Park, where the trail doesn’t just lead you away from the sounds of the city, but also offers great opportunities for bird watching. (more…)
Although winter temperatures in our region are fairly mild, hypothermia can be a real threat to anyone who spends time outdoors. Hypothermia does not require exposure to freezing temperatures. Prolonged exposure to wind and rain, even with air temperature in the 50s, can lead to serious trouble. (more…)