In many parts of the country, catching the vibrant fall foliage display at its best is a matter of timing, judgment and outright luck in picking exactly the right date. Pick wrong, and you’re too early or too late.
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Great Basin National Park lies less than five hours north of the teeming cities of Southern Nevada, and one wonders why it remains one of the least-visited in the park system.
Capitol Reef National Park, in south-central Utah’s red rock country, is a special jewel in our national park system.
Everybody I know is dreaming of cooler temperatures and speculating on where to find them without entirely leaving the Southwest.
An excellent way to escape our oppressive summer heat is by heading up to Kyle Canyon in the Mount Charleston area of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah is enjoyed by about 2 million visitors a year who come to see its 10 deep, hoodoo-filled amphitheaters. Hoodoos are called that because they are tall natural columns that suggest living but unearthly beings. They are formed by an unusual type of erosion involving the freeze-and-thaw cycle that is repeated approximately 200 days every year due to the park’s high elevation.
Austin, a formerly booming mining town founded in 1862, is home to fewer than 400 people today. Yet, it’s one of the best-preserved early mining towns in Nevada and well worth a visit by city dwellers from the state’s southern end.
With plenty of summer outdoor activities available and temperatures at comfort level over the next couple of months, the town of Ely should be a priority summer destination for Southern Nevadans with an itchy hiking foot.
Waterfalls are pretty rare in the Southwest, except for seasonal examples that appear after snow melt or briefly after a heavy rain. For that reason, we treasure the few that put on their show year-round, including Lower Calf Creek Falls.
Every hiker who has heard of it dreams of walking the Bright Angel Trail, the famous footpath that snakes from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon all the way to the Colorado River on the canyon floor, with spectacular scenery almost every step of the way.
One of the best scenic drives in Southern Nevada starts only about a half-hour west of the Strip at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
For an outdoor experience that’s different enough to make long-lasting memories, consider the Rings Loop Trail in the Mojave National Preserve, Calif.
Arches National Park, just outside of the town of Moab, Utah, is a feast for the eyes. There are more than 2,000 natural stone arches in the park, the largest density in the world.
The heart of Zion National Park in southeastern Utah is Zion Canyon, a magnificent chasm carved into the edge of the Colorado Plateau. This is where the North Fork of the Virgin River snakes its way downstream flanking the six-mile Zion Canyon Scenic Drive. The beauty of this area is complemented by the thick vegetation that lines the river including the impressive, old-growth Fremont cottonwood trees.
Outdoor lovers who are looking for an exciting few days away from Las Vegas won’t be disappointed visiting Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
If you are up to traveling a long, rough and remote back-country road, you’ll be rewarded at the far end of this drive with one of the most breathtaking views in the West.
Less than a half-hour drive from Las Vegas, you can step back in time and experience a historic and interesting ride on the unique Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City. This train can be an exceptional experience for everyone, as it facilitates accessibility for people with limited mobility, whether they are using wheelchairs, walkers, scooters or canes.
Just a two-hour drive north of Las Vegas lies the ghost town of Rhyolite.
The Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is a hidden gem. It encompasses more than 100 acres and contains nine different ponds, three of which are accessible along a paved, level three-quarter-mile loop trail. You can extend your visit to other ponds...
The Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge (Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge) on U.S. 93 offers a magnificent visual experience that is accessible to all, and there is no fee to access it.
While the native California fan palm (Washingtonia filifera) can be found in several areas in California, including Joshua Tree National Park and near Palm Springs, there is one hidden spot in Arizona where it also can be found.
If you're one of the smart hikers who keeps a list of seasonal hikes - those that should be attempted only at some particular time of year - Fortification Hill should be near the top of your winter list.
A day trip to Death Valley National Park, California makes a great excursion from Las Vegas for anyone, including those with limited mobility who use wheelchairs, scooters and other assistance devices. The Valley's most popular activities are about...
If you visit Parker, Ariz., on a weekend, one of the trip's highlights should be heading some five miles into the Buckskin Mountains via a gravel but well-maintained road to visit the Nellie E. Saloon.
Most people aren't aware that Death Valley National Park boasts some 1,000 miles of paved and gravel roads, more than any of other of our nation's parks. One road in particular, the unpaved, 27-mile Racetrack Road, offers one of the finest day outings in the park.