The Joshua tree was useful to American Indians, who wove baskets and sandals from the strong leaves and ate the flower buds and seeds, both raw and roasted.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Every hiker who has heard of it dreams of walking the Bright Angel Trail, the famous footpath that snakes from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon all the way to the Colorado River on the canyon floor, with spectacular scenery almost every step of the way. If you’re going to hike it, May is one of the best months to do so, with average daily highs at 72 degrees on the rim and in the 80s about halfway down, at Indian Garden.
For an outdoor experience that’s different enough to make long-lasting memories, consider the Rings Loop Trail in the Mojave National Preserve, Calif. Located near the Hole-In-The-Wall campground, the trail is named for the metal rings bolted into the walls of a short, yet steep slot canyon. You will use these rings and bolts to help you climb up or down the slot.
Much like people, snakes are eager to explore desert as weather warms.
March is a good time for this trip, before the heat intensifies and while there’s a chance to see wildflowers.
Kelso Depot holds a wealth of history, and its surroundings offer camping, stargazing, hiking and nature appreciation.
It’s a six-plus hour drive to this city in southwestern Arizona, and the climate is pleasant in February and March.
Mild winters, interesting history and striking scenery make this onetime mining town an outstanding place to visit this time of year.
Most visitors come from late spring to fall, but if you venture to the Southern Utah park this time of year, you’ll find the colors seem more vibrant and the overlooks and trails are crowd-free.
You can hike, golf, swim and even play in the snow all in the same day, and it’s only about four hours from Southern Nevada.
Located on the lower Colorado River, Parker, Arizona, makes a great winter destination for Southern Nevadans seeking a full-day outing or a longer getaway.
Interesting geologic features can be found in this narrow, high-walled canyon, including the rock formations known as mosaic breccia.
This time of year, while driving or hiking some of our region’s back roads, you might see a few of these eight-legged desert dwellers out and about.
Arches National Park boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural stone arches — more than 2,000.
The four-hour, 20-mile railway journey begins in Clarkdale and travels to the ghost town of Perkinsville, snaking along the high banks above the Verde River.