The Rings Trail to Banshee Canyon is a short but adventurous outing in California’s Mojave National Preserve.
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
Colorful fall foliage, plus spectacular geology, is a short drive away, in Utah.
One favorite hike is to two slot canyons, Spooky and Peek-A-Boo. Both can easily be visited in one half of a day.
Guided tours of the famous site take you up close to locations you’ve only seen in the movies.
Migratory species by the dozens make annual treks to shores, limestone columns of salty lake east of Yosemite National Park.
Lincoln County’s Kershaw-Ryan State Park has a wading pool, camping for tents and RVs, hiking and birds aplenty.
The park, along with Kings Canyon National Park, is a haven for campers, hikers and lovers of beautiful vistas.
Stunning area of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a gorgeous hike with riparian vegetation flanking the streambed.
Lees Ferry is a good destination for a night or two beneath the stars in a remote area along the Colorado River at the eastern base of the stunning Vermilion Cliffs.
An easy day trip of 90 miles from Las Vegas, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge lies in Amargosa Valley, a few miles beyond Pahrump.
The dunes, thought to be 10,000 years old, offer a remote adventure with quiet beauty.
Flora and fauna found in the Sonoran Desert is vastly different from those in the Mojave.
Early winter is the Grand Canyon’s quietest, yet perhaps prettiest, time to visit. Most people visit the park in the more crowded warmer months.
Even the youngest children can learn to love the outdoors. Here are some tips for parents.
Prevention — from wearing the right clothes to packing some extras — is key for outdoor lovers to stay safe.