Angels Landing in Zion National Park, Utah, is a viewpoint atop a giant red sandstone monolith, offering one of the best panoramic views in the park, which is to say one of the best in the American West. The 5-mile round-trip hike to Angels Landing is famous among hikers throughout the world, mostly because it is one scary trail, especially in the last bone-chilling half-mile. If this hike is on your bucket list, it’s good to do it in spring, after the sun has melted any ice that might have made the path slick and before summer brings the year’s largest crowds to the park and hot temperatures.
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Instead of sidewalks, they trekked along a dirt trail. Instead of climbing stairs, they scrambled over boulders. On Dec. 6, the nonprofit Las Vegas Inspiring Connections Outdoors took a group of students who previously knew only city life on a hike in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation.
WINTER CAMP PLANNED AT REC CENTER
For some reason doubtless buried in our prehistoric past, most humans find volcanos interesting, as long as they’re not spewing molten rock and poison gas. If you’d like to visit one that has behaved itself for about 10,000 years but still shows the interesting geologic features acquired in its flaming youth, Amboy Crater makes a fine day trip this time of year. The temperature will be 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the same day in Las Vegas, and the route I suggest will take you through the Mojave National Preserve, an agreeable place in early winter.
NATALIE GULBIS GOLF CLASSIC PLANNED AT BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
A Beatty-area rancher might have a way to keep his Nye County community from joining Nevada’s long list of ghost towns. It all depends on two wheels, hiking boots, running shoes and horses.
I found myself in the midst of a conundrum recently. . For those of you who love golf and business decisions, please put on your thinking caps, turn off any distractions and pay attention. Your help is needed; I ask you to participate.
SMARTPHONE APP HELPS RESIDENTS VIEW WALKING TRAILS
At almost 3.4 million acres, Death Valley easily ranks as the largest national park in the lower 48. Luckily, there are plenty of memorable places to visit in the part of the park closest to Las Vegas and in the desert along the way.
Visitors flock from all over the world to see Bryce Canyon National Park’s natural amphitheaters filled with pinnacles, spires and the spooky limestone formations called hoodoos. They mostly come in the agreeable high-country summer, yet some claim winter is the best time. Though Mother Nature doesn’t always cooperate with the gift of snowfall, when she does, it makes every detail of this colorful landscape seem to pop out of the white background like a watercolor by an expert artist.
GOOD AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES TRAINING PLANNED
YOUTH ROLLER HOCKEY SIGN-UPS AVAILABLE
Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge, just south of the ranching community of Alamo, encompasses 5,382 acres of lakes, marshes, meadows, riparian areas and open desert. The three largest bodies of water in the refuge are Upper Lake, Middle Pond and Lower Lake, fed by thermal springs.
USTA-NEVADA OFFERS FREE TENNIS LESSONS FOR ALL AGES
With Thanksgiving three weeks away, families will have a chance to win a turkey while spreading good fortune to those who have sacrificed everything.
With the cooler weather, more people are enjoying outdoor activities. One of the easiest in which to participate is hiking.
HONOR RIDE LAS VEGAS PLANNED NOV. 8
There ain’t no mountain high enough to keep John Beede from climbing on. Through rain or shine, the 32-year-old’s goal is to hike the highest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents, known as the Seven Summits.
Longtime Southern Nevadans who love the Mojave Desert nevertheless often develop a desire to explore other arid landscapes. Typically, they dream of the Sonoran Desert, whose scenery may have inspired them to live in the Southwest. An excellent place to fulfill that desire is in and around Tucson, Ariz. There are dozens of places to take in the flora and fauna, but two places stand out: Saguaro National Park and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, which has one of the world’s best zoos.
FOREVER HOME FAMILY FURRY 5K PLANNED
From fine arts to rugged hikes and a deeply revered history, Prescott, Ariz., offers a wealth of activities and sights for visitors.
Branch Whitney has hiked and climbed more than 3,000 miles, led more than 2,000 hikers to summits and blazed wild and rewarding scrambling routes all over the Southwest. On Sept. 9, he hosted an information session at the Rainbow Library, which coincided with cooling temperatures that are perfect for hiking.
Cerca country celebrates Nevada, offers late-season festivals and events, and gears up for the holidays in November.