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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 05:33 PM Thread Starter
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We just got back from a great 3 day trip to Vegas...for hiking of course! ( People think we are crazy but there is great hiking in the area and nice warm sun...a great little break from winter here!) We have been before for a few days and enjoyed Red Rock canyon and Valley of Fire but chose to try a different area around Lake Mead. Westjet graciously assisted by offering cheap flights direct from Kelowna ( unfortunately on the way home we spent a few unexpected hours in Calgary due to our Okanagan fog!) A nice motel in Henderson ( 10 miles out of Vegas) and a great UNLV basketball game rounded out a perfect weekend!

Our first day had us searching for a great slot canyon called Anniversary Narrows...a little misplaced ( never really lost) to start but we found it...lots of fun and we LOVED soaking up the sunshine! We later bought a guidebook by Branch Whitney called Hiking Southern Nevada that helped a lot with directions!

The next day we headed south past Hoover Dam ( a neat area to stop and look but LOTS of people!) and down to a hike to Liberty Bell Arch and a great view of the Colorado River and the Arizona Hotsprings Trail in Black Canyon. A great 4 hour jaunt that left us time to drive down to Willow beach and soak up more sun! I think next time we will rent kayaks looks like fun!

( We pondered our directions here???)

Our last day we headed into redrock...our favorite for sure! ( Ah, a little Utahish fix!) We went to an area called the Bowl Of Fire and hiked the Northern Loop. This was a great hike with colorful rock, route-finding, scrambling, views, canyons and surprisingly, no other people! ( What is everyone else doing in Vegas?) A longer day but still lots of time to soak up the sun!

Back home to winter, such that it is this year! The Vegas rains arrived after we left and though the sun was great, I am sure the rains were awesome to see too! ( Thanks for the report, Rented Mule!) is online now  
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 08:04 PM
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Ahhhh....Me backyard!! Enjoying a nice glass of wine and your TR. Work week over!! yes! I'm heading down to that very area tomorrow, near the bowl of fire at the place called redstone. I'm hiking over the pass into Potato Valley. Then, on to my favorite Vegas destination...shhhh.....hehe a secret until my visitors arrive in March. Then, we'll post it, for sure. It's great to go to Vegas, bling bling, then I love to hike in the area, too.
You're right! There are some amazing places that could and should be part of any Vegas visit.
Even to take a respite from the casino/show/Vegas Strip/Fremont St, etc. I love bowl of fire.
If I was more fit, I would climb up Muddy Peak. But, they've moved the trailhead back a few miles to keep desert backway driving to a minimun impact.
The Anniversary Mine and narrows is a fun place! Your look like you had fun! Thanks.
Ya never know what you'll find, out there. that area is famous for finding caves with ancient animal dung. yum yummmm hehe Great coffee table display item
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2010, 11:11 PM
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Beautiful pictures. That really is a wonderful place. Thanks for posting
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 07:29 AM
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Not crazy at all! The last 5d trip I did to Vegas, I spent 2 of the days hiking. There are some great areas there. Loved your pics!

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post #5 of (permalink) Old 01-29-2010, 02:39 PM
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For more information about hiking in southern Nevada and beyond, check out my website at
I am the author of Hiking Southern Nevada.
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 01-30-2010, 11:45 AM
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Howdy! Next time I'm in REI in Vegas, I'll look for you book. New areas to check out are
always welcome, by me. I live in Utah and Vegas area is within my limits for a day's outing.
Cheers! jerry
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