Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, northwest of Pahrump, is one of the largest oases in the Mojave Desert.
Big Bear is known for its biking, hiking, fishing and boating opportunities, but every Saturday and Sunday during the next month or so you can add the excitement of Oktoberfest activities.
Kershaw-Ryan State Park in Lincoln County, just 3 miles south of Caliente, Nevada, is like visiting a private estate with its lush vegetation, manicured lawns, rose gardens, deciduous trees, canyon grapes and wading pool all well-watered from one of the nine natural springs.
The Upper and Lower Antelope canyons on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona, are two of the most spectacular slot canyons in the world, and, unlike some, they do not require a long trek to reach them.
Launching near the base of the Hoover Dam along the Black Canyon National Water Trail, you will paddle smooth waters between high canyon walls. You’ll see caves, hot springs, coves, waterfalls, sandy beaches and plenty of historic interest related to the iconic dam.
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area isn’t among the most famous outdoor destinations, but perhaps it should be. Certainly, if you plan a northern trip to Wyoming’s Yellowstone or Grand Teton National Parks, consider a side trip to Flaming Gorge. Located in a remote area of northeast Utah and southwest Wyoming, this is an outdoorsman’s paradise. The most popular activities are fishing, boating, rafting, hiking and camping.