With the weather getting warmer and the wind dying down, it's time to throw your camping gear into the car and head out to the great outdoors! LVRJ's hiking columnist Deborah Wall shares tips from her new book, Base Camp Las Vegas, on the best hiking and camping in Nevada, Utah, California, and Arizona. Where can you take the kids? Where can you find wildlife, a ghost town, or the best narrows? Our hiking experts weigh in... and we want to hear from you! Call or write!
Deborah Wall, author and hiking columnist, View, LVRJ
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Frank Simpson –Apr 2, 2012 10:37:26 AM
I have two boys under 5 and would love a recommendation for a kid friendly hike or camping spot along the Great Basin Highway.
Thank you.Amy –Apr 2, 2012 10:28:48 AM
As I mentioned on the show this morning Cathedral Gorge State Park is a great campground for those who don't have a lot of camping experience. It also works well for families with young children. The facilities are friendly and the hiking is easy.
Later, as it warms, you really should visit Spring Valley State Park. With flush toilets, hot and cold water showers, fishing, hiking and other activities this is a great place to bring your kids.
Both campgrounds are on or near the Great Basin Highway.
David Bert –Apr 2, 2012 16:56:50 PM
I am quite familiar with the hiking scene in the Las Vegas area and have heard several recent segments on this show centered around where to hike, what to bring, how to be safe. That is all very important. I have seen changes as Vegas has grown. Segments in shows such as this, and groups which invite novices to enjoy the outdoors often fail to teach how to respect and protect the outdoors. Could your guest please comment on "Take only pictures; leave only footprints" policies. Also, especially on Mt Charleston, the damage that is caused to a mountain trail by even one person cutting a switchback. And, with some groups sponsoring outings in excess of 30 people, the basic courtesies of the trail. And finally, the miracle of "trail magic" where you find what you need just when you need it. Get out and enjoy! It will happen to you.Marc –Apr 2, 2012 09:03:55 AM
I wish we had been able to address these issues during the program. Unfortunately, time constraints didn't allow. Cutting switchbacks is a pet peeve of mine, so I love an opportunity to educate the public about how destructive it is to the environment. Fortunately, those who listen to KNPR are already informed so, if we don't get to the topic, I'm not too concerned. :)
David Bert –Apr 2, 2012 17:10:08 PM