In Cerca Country winters, some fun-seekers retreat to indoor events, and others to the lower elevations of Death Valley and points south. Look for a destination and event in the following selection.
Friday through March 1, Carson Valley: Eagles and Agriculture. This three-day event features opportunities to view and photograph birds of prey. Falconing field demonstrations, photography workshops and access to some of the area’s working ranches and historic barns. (775) 782-9835, www. visitcarsonvalley.org.
Saturday, Death Valley, Calif.: Death Valley Century and Double Century. This intense bike race travels from Furnace Creek through the Badwater area, then over mountain passes to Shoshone and back. Races are 100 and 200 miles. www.adventurecorps.com.
March 1, Tahoe City, Calif.: The Great Ski Race. More than 1,000 Nordic ski racers compete on a 30K course from Lake Tahoe to Truckee in a fundraiser for the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue Team. (530) 583-5475, www.thegreatskirace.com.
March 4, Cedar City, Utah: Annual art auction features paintings, drawings, prints, photography, ceramics and jewelry by some of the Southwest’s finest artists. Rusty’s Ranch House, (435) 586-5432, www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
March 7, Lone Pine, Calif.: Early Opener Trout Derby. Sign-up starts at 8:30 a.m.; fishing continues until the 3:30 p.m. weigh in. Prizes include cash. Diaz Lake. (760) 876-4444, www.lonepinechamber.org.
March 10, Flagstaff, Ariz.: En Vogue: 90 Years of Riordan Women’s Fashion. Learn about the many styles of women’s clothing popular from the later 1880s to the 1960s, featuring garments worn by three generations of Riordan woman. (928) 779-4395, www.pr.state.az.us.
March 12-15, Laughlin: Wings and Wildlife Festival of Southern Nevada. Tours to various habitats to view birds and other area wildlife. Educational seminars, which include bat netting and falconry, hiking and kayaking excursions, and tradeshow. www.laughlinbirds.com/
March 14, Prescott, Ariz.: Go! Off Road Duathlon. This triathlon-styled race combines trail running and mountain biking. All proceeds for event go to the Prescott Kiwanis Foundation Endowment Fund. Pioneer Park/Brownlow Trails. (928) 445-8700, www.go-ar.com..
March 14, Virginia City: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Oyster Fry. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a parade that travels down streets painted with shamrocks, then feast on oysters. (775) 847-4386, www.virginiacity-nv.org.
March 15, Prescott, Ariz.: John Wesley Powell: The Man, the Myth, the Mystery. Join Northern Arizona University’s special collections librarian Richard Quartaroli and learn about the latest research about Powell and his adventures. Sharlot Hall Museum, (928) 445-3122, www.sharlot.org.
March 15, Sparks: Top O’ the Mornin’ Fun Run/Walk. Besides exercise, event includes a costume contest to pick the best-dressed leprechaun. Sparks Marina. (775) 353-7898, www.visitreno.com.
March 15, 17 and 19, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Spring Break Star Fest. Celebrate spring break with a special star party featuring Saturn. This special event will include indoor programs and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the Lowell Observatory campus. (928) 233-3210, www.lowell.edu.
March 18, Zion National Park, Utah: Wednesday Wildlife Walk. Learn about the physical and biological worlds of Zion with zoologist/ecologist Dr. Allen Brown. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute, (800) 635-3959, www.zionpark.org.
March 19, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist and learn about the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute, (800) 635-3959, www.zionpark.org.
March 21, Parowan, Utah: Spring Equinox Observation. A presentation of the ancient American Indian solar calendar and observation of the equinox sunset. Parowan Gap Petroglyphs National Historic Site. (435) 477-3734, www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
March 26-29, Laughlin: Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo. As many as 700 participants compete in eight traditional rodeo events, including bareback bronc riding, team roping and bull riding. (800) 227-5245, www.honeycuttrodeo.com.