In Nevada, where it’s been dubbed the Great Basin Highway, scenic U.S. Highway 93 runs from the Arizona border to the Idaho border, along the way accessing historic towns, several state parks, hundreds of miles of off-highway vehicle trails and numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation.
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Side roads exploring Southern Utah offer a lot of scenery, history and recreation potential without the crowds typically found at the area’s major attractions.
Everybody enjoys getting a freebie now and then. You can save a few dollars on recreation on the days when state and national parks waive their entrance fees or states offer free fishing.
Southern Utah’s dramatic geological features and vividly colored sandstone formations invite visitors to explore and take a closer look.
In Nevada’s arid southern tip, few places exist where one can hear the murmur of a running stream.
Springtime retreats into the hills and rugged mountains this month in the Mojave National Preserve south of Las Vegas near the Nevada-California border.
Nevada’s largest, oldest and most spectacular state park, Valley of Fire lives up to its name with its eroded sandstone formations and sand dunes in fiery shades of red. Changing constantly with the angle of the sun, the colors range from the brilliance of leaping flames to the glowing hues of hot embers.
A historic ranch lies at the heart of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, a spacious city recreational facility at the edge of northwest Las Vegas.
Despite the ever-expanding urban development in the Las Vegas Valley, remnants of the area’s rural past live on in a few places such as the Gilcrease Nature Sanctuary, Gilcrease Orchard and the nearby city park at Tule Springs.
Thousands of miles of track once connected Nevada towns with the transcontinental railroads. From territorial days to modern times, at least 70 railroads operated in the state, both standard and narrow gauge. Built to move ore from mines to mills, the lines also carried freight and passengers.
Nevada’s public lands hold a wealth of rock art left behind by native cultures that developed long before Europeans arrived in the New World. Exploring Nevada’s rock art sites offers glimpses of the past and intriguing clues about ancient history.
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Las Vegas, preserves a huge area of desert and mountains as habitat for bighorn sheep and other animals and plants.
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, a developing attraction in the extreme southern tip of Nevada, offers a variety of outdoor activities, including wildlife watching.
The Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge — the smallest of the four protected areas that constitute the Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex — includes 116 acres surrounding several natural warm springs that feed the Muddy River. The little-known oasis protects one of the rarest fish on Earth, the diminutive Moapa dace, as well as several other endangered species of plants, animals, birds and insects.
Roos-N-More, near Moapa, offers a hands-on zoo experience with more than 160 animals.
Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park offers a glimpse into an opulent era in history, continuing to draw curiosity seekers much as it has since construction began on the Spanish-style mansion at Death Valley Ranch in remote Grapevine Canyon in 1924.
A hit from the beginning, the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas celebrated its first year of operation this month on the anniversary of the infamous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929.
Stroll into Las Vegas history on a tour of the recently opened Neon Museum on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of Bonanza Road.
This spring, new facilities open for visitors to the 2,900-acre Clark County Wetlands Park on the eastern edge of the Las Vegas Valley.
The oldest structure in Las Vegas stands near the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue in the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park. The one-story adobe building is the last remnant of the first permanent structure built in...
When winter's cold slows the pulse of many other national parks, Death Valley is in the midst of its busiest season. Although the park is open year-round, generally balmy temperatures lure most of Death Valley's nearly 1 million annual visitors...
Handsome representatives of public architecture from the past, Nevada's classic courthouses occupy places of pride in rural county seats across the state. Many of these survivors from yesteryear still function as county government centers. Some...
Caverns, tunnels and mine shafts call out to the curiosity in many of us. We can't seem to resist their mystery, even though we recognize their inherent dangers. A few such dangerous traps have been developed into safe attractions. Old mines open...
The smallest of the pioneer towns surviving in Clark County, Goodsprings, is about a half-hour's drive from Las Vegas, nestled near the southern Spring Mountain Range, a short trip into the region's past. To reach the town of fewer than 200 people,...
Winter calendar scenes come to life for visitors to our national parks during the colder months. After a snow in Zion National Park, the soaring cliffs look like the layers of a fancy wedding cake iced in frosty white. In Yosemite, winter nearly...