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Safe summer hiking requires plenty of preparation

Want to see nature despite the triple-digit temperatures? Hiking in summer is not for most, and some experts will say it’s not recommended.

Virgin River hike a must this time of year

The Zion Narrows attracts hikers and adventurers from many parts of the world, but Southern Nevadans are fortunate enough to live within a few hours of this marvelous and unusual hike.

Kershaw-Ryan State Park offers rich Nevada history, camping

Kershaw-Ryan State Park, just outside of Caliente in neighboring Lincoln County, makes a great summer destination for a day trip or to camp. This oasis in the desert, with elevations ranging from 4,312 to 5,080, offers temperatures 10 to 15 degrees cooler than in Las Vegas and features lush vegetation, hiking trails and even a spring-fed wading pool.

Plan well for Grand Canyon rim-to-rim hike

One of the epic adventures of the Southwest is hiking the Grand Canyon from rim to rim. This is a tough hike physically, and you’ll also need to get camping permits and arrange transportation, but the reward is one of the peak experiences of a lifetime.

A few hours’ drive offers higher elevations, cooler climes

For outdoor lovers in Southern Nevada, summer temperatures can bring out severe cases of cabin fever. It is difficult locating a hiking or biking destination with moderate temperatures that isn’t crowded and isn’t too far away.

Now’s a great time to visit Death Valley National Park

One way to beat the January blues is by taking a day trip to nearby Death Valley National Park, Calif. Depending on where you live in the Las Vegas Valley, you can be at the hub of the park, Furnace Creek, in 2 to 2 1/2 hours.