Base Camp Las Vegas

Base Camp Las Vegas
Base Camp Las Vegas

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Base Camp Las Vegas: 101 Hikes in the Southwest (2nd Edition)

Situated in the heart of the magnificent Southwest, Las Vegas is surrounded by spectacular natural landscapes. Within easy reach are five national parks, including Zion, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley. Dozens of state parks, regional preserves, recreation areas, and public lands offer amazing variety, from sand dunes and salt flats to alpine meadows, waterfalls, and ancient forests. Unique plant and animal life as well as archaeology, paleontology, and fascinating Wild West history are all waiting to be discovered in this region, making Las Vegas an ideal basecamp: Hikers can enjoy solitude and unspoiled wilderness by day and world-class urban amenities by night.  Base Camp Las Vegas includes 101 of the best hiking destinations within hours of Las Vegas.

The author has hiked each of the 101 featured routes more than once, and she describes each in detail, including route, elevations, terrain, flora & fauna, and historical details. She notes the best season for enjoying each one, what to wear, and what to take along. She describes any hazards or inconveniences that hikers might encounter and rates the difficulty of each hike from easy to strenuous. She’s also included an easy-reference guide to the top five hikes in a variety of categories including birdwatching, stargazing, wildflowers, wetlands, kid and teen favorites, most strenuous, and most remote. Base Camp Las Vegas tells hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer.

• Explore an outlaw’s hideout in Valley of Fire

• Scan the bluffs for bighorn sheep in Red Rock Canyon

• Bird watch at a secret oasis in Death Valley National Park

• Go canyoneering in Zion National Park

• Enjoy spring wildflowers in a Joshua tree forest

• Snowshoe past hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park

• Hike the Rim to Rim Trail in Grand Canyon National Park

• Marvel at Roy Purcell’s brilliant rock murals in Chloride, Arizona

• Ponder cryptic petroglyphs in the Spirit Mountain Wilderness Area

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About the Author

Deborah Wall
Deborah Wall at Red Rock Canyon
Photo: Sean L. Taylor

Deborah Wall is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in both adventure travel and family excursions. She writes an outdoor column for View Community Newspapers, a division of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A lifelong hiker, she has been a ski racer and has taught skiing and sailing. A former television producer and news anchor, she also worked as a model for skiing and outdoor publications. This book, her fourth, is an expanded and updated edition of Base Camp Las Vegas a best-selling hiking guide first published in 2010. Ms. Wall is the author of Great Hikes: A Cerca Country Guide (2004). She co-authored Access for All: Touring the Southwest with Limited Mobility (2014) and was a major contributor to Road Trips and Adventures, two more of the Cerca Country Guide series. She has a Nevada Press Association award for excellence and writes about little-known hiking routes in the Southwest and tips for taking fun and safe trips.