Lincoln County, Clark County's neighbor to the north, is home to dozens of the finest rock art sites in Nevada. Of course, you could spend several days or longer visiting these sites, but even in a day's time, you can visit a couple of them and return home quite satisfied.
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When you're looking for fall foliage colors, it's best to look in a region with plenty of variation in elevation.
If you have ever driven to Utah from Las Vegas, your route was by way of Mesquite. Most of us just bypass the town, little realizing there are good reasons to stop at least a few hours. Mesquite has preserved many of its historic buildings and much of its small-town charm.
Any time of year is fine for driving the 13-mile scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, but by late September, it becomes fun to get out of the car and touch the landscape with your boots. A good place to start is Ice Box Canyon.
Adventure awaits even busy people in Page, Ariz. If you're short of time but love the water and want to see the region's stunning scenery, historic sites and plenty of wildlife, a half-day raft trip here offers a taste of them all. And you'll savor the memories for years to come.
If visiting Yosemite National Park, Calif., is on your bucket list - and it should be - the next two months are the time to go.
Mono Lake is one of the most unusual bodies of water you'll ever experience. So concentrated are its salts that fish can't live in it, and human beings are so buoyant they have a hard time sinking.
Of all the ways one could see the Grand Canyon, one of the very best is to hike across it, rim to rim. It is a tough physical hike, and the logistics are complicated, as you need to get camping permits in advance and arrange transportation from the destination rim back to the trailhead where you presumably left your vehicle.
If you are looking for a great summer destination that affords cool temperatures and more outdoor opportunities than you would expect in any town, consider pointing your wagon toward Big Bear Lake, Calif.
If you have a few days and dollars this summer to invest, you can get much for your money and time at Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks in California. In these adjacent and jointly managed parks about six hours from Las Vegas, you can wander among the largest trees on earth, hike some of the 850 miles of maintained trail, swim in cool snow-fed mountain streams, and maybe see a black bear or three.
With school finally out for summer and a long stretch of hot weather looming, Southern Nevada families have both the time and good reason to seek more distant and cooler climates for hiking or sightseeing
Cool mountain temperatures, fantastic far-reaching views and some of the oldest trees to be seen anywhere await those who head to the Bristlecone Trail in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area.
People come from throughout the world to visit Black Canyon, the 12-mile gorge of the Colorado River running downstream from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach, Ariz. Yet, even though it is practically in our backyards, many Southern Nevadans have not even heard of it, let alone cruised its waters.
With the temperatures warming up, it's almost time to wrap up the spring hiking season in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. With that in mind, you might want to sneak in one more low-elevation trail before it becomes unbearably hot and unsafe to do so.
If there is a seasoned Western hiker who doesn't aspire to visit Angel's Landing in Zion National Park, it's one of the dwindling few who haven't yet heard about this remarkable trail or one who has heard but is scared of it.
It is that time of year again when resident rattlesnakes start appearing on our local hiking trails. They come out of hibernation to enjoy the 70- to 90-degree temperature range, just as many humans do.
In the waning weeks of winter, if you live in Southern Nevada, you owe yourself a trip to Death Valley National Park, just over the mountains in California. Warm weather arrives at the park earlier than in the Las Vegas Valley and are often ideal.
While Brian Head, Utah, is best known for its downhill skiing and snowboarding, a slew of other adventures await those who make their way there. In less than a four-hour drive from Las Vegas, you can be at 9,000 feet doing just about anything that...
The last echo of a mining boom died long ago in this old village in Northern Arizona, yet it's no ghost town, still boasting roughly 250 residents. But it's not your stereotypical small town either, for individualism runs rampant, and there's even some important public art here.
Now is a great time of year to head out to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and enjoy the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail.
A New Year's resolution you can carry out is to visit one of the nearby national parks with which our region is so richly blessed. One of the best for winter months is the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
At this busy time of year, it's good to keep in mind an outdoor destination close enough that it won't require much time and preparation. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is just such a place -- an oasis of natural peace hidden close to the urban bustle of the Las Vegas Valley.
This is the perfect time of year to get over to Death Valley National Park and hit some of the badland trails. One especially suited for winter is the hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon.
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide a wintering habitat for migratory birds including a large variety of waterfowl. "Pahranagat" is a Paiute word meaning "valley of shining water." The refuge encompasses about 5,380 acres of lakes, cattail marshes, wet meadows, riparian habitats and even desert uplands.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge serves at least two important functions: Preserving rare creatures and plants, and preserving the sanity of urban visitors by surrounding them with the beauty of green wetlands, glimpses of small fish darting through natural pools, and the sound of birdsong.