May means beautiful weather in Cerca Country. Don’t miss these events that will leave you having a good time while enjoying the weather.
Wednesday-May 1, Laughlin: Laughlin River Run. More than 50,000 bikers descend on this Colorado River town each year for entertainment, poker runs, competitions, and to visit the booths of thousands of vendors set up throughout the area. (949) 502-3434. www.laughlinriverrun.com.
Saturday, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Arbor Day at the Arboretum. This celebration of trees includes a general tour of the gardens, live birds of prey demonstration, snake displays and a mass tree planting. (928) 774-1442. www.thearb.org.
Saturday-May 1, Minden: Carson Valley Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair. This event features a chili cook-off, live music and crafts. Carson Valley Inn. (775) 265-5463. www. visitcarsonvalley.org.
May 1, Seligman, Ariz.: Historic Route 66 Fun Run. This three-day event travels 140 miles from Seligman to Topock/Golden Shores. This run is open to all street-legal vehicles, buses, RVs and roadsters and usually has more than 900 participants. (928) 753-5001. www.kingmanchamber.org/
May 5-8, Genoa: Genoa Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival. Award-winning poets, entertainers, artists and cowboys celebrate the old West. Dinners and vendors. Trail rides. (775) 782-8696. www.cowboypoetrygenoa.com/
May 6-8, Reno: Reno River Festival. One of the nation’s top kayaking competitions will also feature product demos, instructional clinics and live music. Truckee River Whitewater Park. (775) 788-2131. www.renoriverfestival.com/
May 7, Chloride, Ariz.: Chloride All-Town Yard Sale. This is an event where the residents of Chloride go all out to offer visitors bargains on antiques and some useful and not-so-useful junk. The Historical Society also has a bake sale. (928) 565-2204. www.chloridearizona.com/
May 7, Kingman, Ariz.: Route 66 Race for Hospice. This event features a 10K/5K and 3-mile walk. Prizes will be awarded to the top 10K and 5K finishers for each age group and by gender. Powerhouse Visitor Center. (928) 757-0664. www.kingmantourism.org/
May 7, 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 a three-mile race. (760) 876-4444. www.lonepinechamber.org/
May 7-8, Prescott, Ariz.: 25th Annual Fine Art and Wine Festival. This juried festival showcases a select group of fine artists and craftspersons. Art includes ceramics, photography, sculpture, baskets and mixed media. Food and entertainment. Prescott Courthouse Plaza. (928) 445-2510. www.prescottartfestivals.com/
May 12-14, Springdale, Utah: Zion Flute Festival. OC Tanner Amphitheater. Workshops and concerts are featured in this event dedicated to the promotion of the Native American flute and art. (801) 651-6631. www.scenicsouthernutah.com/
May 13, Zion National Park, Utah: Kolob Wildflowers. Join botanist Walt Fertig in the Kolob Canyon section of the park to view wildflowers and hike Taylor Creek. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org/
May 13-15, Fallon: Spring Wings Bird Festival. This is the height of spring migration to the Lahonton Valley wetlands, which become a temporary home to 260 species of birds. (775) 423-5128. www.springwings.org/
May 14-15, Dayton: Annual Oodles of Noodles. This festival celebrates Dayton’s Chinese and Italian heritage. Amateur and professional cooks serve up pasta dishes. Craft fair and live bands. (775) 246-7909. www.travelnevada.com/
May 15-21, 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. (800) 733-5263. www.amazingearthfest.com/
May 18, Zion National Park, Utah: Geology: Kolob Canyons and Beyond. Join instructor Mark Colberg in a workshop that surveys 800 million years of geologic activity that shaped the Basin and Range provinces on the Colorado Plateau. Moderate hiking up to four miles. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org/
May 20 and May 28, Zion National Park, Utah: Rim to Floor. This 10-mile ranger-led hike starts at the East Rim and travels down into Zion Canyon while exploring the geology, botany and desert ecosystems along the way. Participants must be in fit hiking shape. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org/
May 21, Zion National Park, Utah: Hanging Gardens of Zion. Explore the hanging gardens of Zion with botanist Walt Fertig. Wildflowers in these wet environments include monkey flowers, orchids and ferns. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org/
May 21-22, Silver Springs: Lyon County Fly-in. This annual event features fly-bys, demonstrations, antique aircraft, military planes and rocket displays. Silver Springs Airport. (775) 887-1294. www.lyoncountyflyin. com/
May 24-29, Bishop, Calif.: Bishop Mule Days Celebration. About 700 mules will compete in 181 events during the nation’s premier mule show. Mule Days Parade on May 28 features the country’s longest running nonmotorized parade. (760) 872-4263. www.muledays.org/
May 28-29, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. Learn about the Zuni way of life including their language, lifeways, dance and music. Demonstrations by weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers, potters and painters. Museum of Northern Arizona. (928) 774-5213. www.musnaz.org/
May 28-31, Tonopah: 41st Annual Jim Butler Days. The event features a parade, mining competitions, children’s activities, food and entertainment. (775) 482-6336. www.tonopahnevada.com.