Cerca country embraces the great outdoors in May with events for hikers, runners and mules.
FRIDAY, ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH: Outside Looking In. This naturalist-guided hike takes you outside the park to the Eagle Crags Trail. Participants learn about the geology, botany and human history along the strenuous 5- to 6-mile hike. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 435-772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
FRIDAY THROUGH MAY 5, SELIGMAN, ARIZ.: Historic Route 66 Fun Run. This three-day event travels 140 miles from Seligman to Topock/Golden Shores. The run is open to all street-legal vehicles. 928-753-6106. www.gokingman.com.
SATURDAY, CHLORIDE, ARIZ.: Chloride Yard Sale. This annual event offers visitors bargains on antiques and some useful and not-so-useful junk. The Historical Society also holds a bake sale. 928-565-9419. www.chloridearizona.com.
SATURDAY, LONE PINE, CALIF.: Wild Wild West Marathon. This event takes place in the foothills of Mount Whitney and throughout the Alabama Hills. There is a race for all ages and abilities, including a 50k, a marathon, 10-mile and 3-mile Fun Run. 760-876-4444. www.lonepinechamber.org.
SATURDAY AND MAY 5, RENO: Cinco de Mayo. Northern Nevada’s largest annual celebration of Latino heritage, the family friendly event features live Latin music, Mexican dancing horses, food, arts and crafts, children’s activities. Grand Sierra Resort. 775-291-3651. www.cincodemayoreno.com.
MAY 5, ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH: Zion 101. This workshop teaches the basics of the park’s geology and ecosystems. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 435-772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
MAY 10 AND 18, ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH: Rim to Floor or Rim and Back. This 7- to 8-mile ranger-led hike teaches about Zion’s geology, botany and desert ecosystems. Participants must be in fit hiking shape. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 435-772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
MAY 11, KINGMAN, ARIZ.: Route 66 Race for Hospice. This annual event features a 10k/5k and 3-mile walk. Powerhouse Visitor Center. 928-681-8656. www.azkrmc.com.
MAY 11-12, RENO: Reno River Festival: Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, this festival features top athletes from the pro kayaking tour, clinics, live entertainment, food and vendors. Truckee River Whitewater Park at Wingfield. 775-784-9400. www.renoriverfestival.com.
MAY 12-18, KANAB, UTAH: Amazing Earthfest. This festival celebrates public lands through scientific and cultural presentations, arts and entertainment, and guided hikes and tours. Various venues throughout the area. 888-588-8970. www.amazingearthfest.com.
MAY 14, ZION NATIONAL PARK, UTAH: Geology: Kolob Canyons and Beyond. Join instructor Ben Everitt in a workshop that surveys 800 million years of geologic activity that shaped the Basin and Range provinces on the Colorado Plateau. Moderate hiking. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. 435-772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
MAY 17-19, FALLON: Spring Wings Bird Festival. This is the height of spring migration to the Lahonton Valley wetlands. Exhibits, speakers and tours. Churchill County Fairgrounds. 775-428-6452. www.springwings.org.
MAY 21-26, BISHOP, CALIF.: Bishop Mule Days Celebration. More than 700 mules will compete in 181 events. Mule Days Parade on Saturday features the country’s longest running nonmotorized parade. 760-872-4263. www.muledays.org.
MAY 25-26, FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.: Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. Learn about the Zuni way of life. Demonstrations by weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers, potters and painters. Museum of Northern Arizona. 928-774-5213. www.musnaz.org.
MAY 25-27, VIRGINIA CITY: Memorial Day Celebration and Railfest. A Heroes Parade followed by the kickoff for the Virginia and Truckee Railroad season. Vendors, food and entertainment. 775-847-7500. www.visitvirginiacitynv.com.
MAY 31-JUNE 2, WINNEMUCCA: Winnemucca Mule Race and Show. Competitors from throughout the country compete in dozens of events. Vendors, food. Winnemucca Events Complex. 775-623-5071. www.muleshow.com.