Seeing Death Valley is an experience on many a bucket list, yet often goes unfulfilled. It shouldn’t, because one can pack several of its highlights into one exhilarating day, yet get back to Las Vegas in time for dinner. Read More
There is something particularly appealing about sitting on the summit of a remote sand dune, especially at sunrise or sunset.
While there are many places in our desert southwest to do this, if you seek solitude, it is best to choose those that are closed to Off-Highway Vehicles, (OHVs), horses and sandboarders. The three that stand out to me lie within a day’s drive of Las Vegas, in Eastern California. They are Eureka and Panamint Dunes in Death Valley National Park, and Kelso Dunes in Mojave National Preserve. Read More
When your schedule doesn’t allow you to visit remote areas, but you are still itching for nature, an outer urban trail is a welcome relief. My favorite lies within the Clark County Wetlands Park, where the trail doesn’t just lead you away from the sounds of the city, but also offers great opportunities for bird watching. Read More
The author has hiked each of the 101 featured routes more than once, and she describes each in detail, including route, elevations, terrain, flora & fauna, and historical details. She notes the best season for enjoying each one, what to wear, and what to take along. She describes any hazards or inconveniences that hikers might encounter and rates the difficulty of each hike from easy to strenuous. She’s also included an easy-reference guide to the top five hikes in a variety of categories including birdwatching, stargazing, wildflowers, wetlands, kid and teen favorites, most strenuous, and most remote. Base Camp Las Vegas tells hikers where and when to go–and also how to prepare–to enjoy the best trails this unparalleled region has to offer.
Base Camp Las Vegas: 101 Hikes in the Southwest will be available for pre-publication sales orders starting in January. It will be in bookstores and available online wherever books are sold on August 8, 2017. Click here for more information about purchasing this book.
Although winter temperatures in our region are fairly mild, hypothermia can be a real threat to anyone who spends time outdoors. Hypothermia does not require exposure to freezing temperatures. Prolonged exposure to wind and rain, even with air temperature in the 50s, can lead to serious trouble. Read More