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Deborah Wall

Deborah Wall

Deborah Wall is the author of "Great Hikes, a Cerca Country Guide," and "Basecamp Las Vegas: Hiking the Southwestern States," published by Stephens Press. Email: deborabus@aol.com

Quiet Black Canyon river trip awaits

People come from throughout the world to visit Black Canyon, the 12-mile gorge of the Colorado River running downstream from Hoover Dam to Willow Beach, Ariz. Yet, even though it is practically in our backyards, many Southern Nevadans have not even heard of it, let alone cruised its waters.

Beat the heat at Arizona Hot Springs

With the temperatures warming up, it’s almost time to wrap up the spring hiking season in Lake Mead National Recreation Area. With that in mind, you might want to sneak in one more low-elevation trail before it becomes unbearably hot and unsafe to do so.

Get ready for Angel’s Landing to stir your blood

If there is a seasoned Western hiker who doesn’t aspire to visit Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park, it’s one of the dwindling few who haven’t yet heard about this remarkable trail or one who has heard but is scared of it.

Leaving snakes alone benefits both parties

It is that time of year again when resident rattlesnakes start appearing on our local hiking trails. They come out of hibernation to enjoy the 70- to 90-degree temperature range, just as many humans do.

Visit Death Valley before the weather turns deadly

In the waning weeks of winter, if you live in Southern Nevada, you owe yourself a trip to Death Valley National Park, just over the mountains in California. Warm weather arrives at the park earlier than in the Las Vegas Valley and are often ideal.

Nearby town of Chloride gives a glance back in time

The last echo of a mining boom died long ago in this old village in Northern Arizona, yet it’s no ghost town, still boasting roughly 250 residents. But it’s not your stereotypical small town either, for individualism runs rampant, and there’s even some important public art here.

Take a trip to the South Rim for great winter views

A New Year’s resolution you can carry out is to visit one of the nearby national parks with which our region is so richly blessed. One of the best for winter months is the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Bird viewing preserve offers close contact with nature

At this busy time of year, it’s good to keep in mind an outdoor destination close enough that it won’t require much time and preparation. Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve is just such a place — an oasis of natural peace hidden close to the urban bustle of the Las Vegas Valley.

Plenty of Death Valley hiking to be done this time of year

This is the perfect time of year to get over to Death Valley National Park and hit some of the badland trails. One especially suited for winter is the hike from Zabriskie Point to Golden Canyon.

Bird haven can be a human haven any time of year

Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide a wintering habitat for migratory birds including a large variety of waterfowl. “Pahranagat” is a Paiute word meaning “valley of shining water.” The refuge encompasses about 5,380 acres of lakes, cattail marshes, wet meadows, riparian habitats and even desert uplands.

Ash Meadows sure to leave the senses sated

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge serves at least two important functions: Preserving rare creatures and plants, and preserving the sanity of urban visitors by surrounding them with the beauty of green wetlands, glimpses of small fish darting through natural pools, and the sound of birdsong.