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Guts, Glory and Homicidal Rocks at Bootleg Canyon

Mountain bikers say Bootleg Canyon is some of the roughest territory in the country. There is an event at the canyon this weekend. It is a camp through BetterRide.net. It is a chance for downhill mountain bikers to hone their skills. One spot is still available for this weekend's camp. People interested can go to betterride.net. The canyon is also home to serious racing for mountain bikers.

Gnarly. The riders say this word with reverence, showing scars, bone spurs and joint separations from being chewed up and spit out by Bootleg Canyon. 

Read more in the Las Vegas Sun.

Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

Report Pushes Benefits of Parks to Economy

National Park Service officials are touting the findings of an annual report that shows spending in or near parks supports local economies.

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that more than 7 million visitors in 2010 spent more than $254 million at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and communities in Nevada and Arizona near the park. The report postulates that spending supported 2,452 jobs in the local areas.

“The people and the business owners in communities near national parks have always known the economic value of the parks. Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a key piece of the engine that drives our local economy,” said William Dickinson, Park Superintendent.

Park Service Offers Spring Hikes

Park Service Offers Spring Hikes

With the weather improving, it is the perfect time to enjoy the sites around Lake Mead.

The National Park Service offers guided hikes almost every weekend, and it has just released its list for March. In January and February, the service took people on hikes through historic sites like the Railroad Tunnel Trail, which is the route used by trains to bring supplies to Hoover Dam while it was under construction. There are even night-time guided tours of the night sky at various locations far from city lights. For the last Sunday of February, there are still a few spaces left for the hike to a forest of teddy bear cholla cactus.

The hikes range in difficulty from moderate to easy. To RSVP, call the Lake Mead Visitor Center at 702-293-8990. To see a list of the tours for March, go to nps.gov/lake.

Parts of Lake Mead Waive Fees for Arizona Birthday

Lake Mead Recreation Area is helping celebrate 100 years of Arizona statehood with free admission.

Arizona became a state February 14. This Tuesday several state parks along with a camping and boating area on the Arizona side of Lake Mead Recreation Area will offer free entrance. Katherine's Landing will waive the entrance fee but camping and boating fees will apply. Other parks offering free admission include:

  • Casa Grande Ruins
  • Chiricahua
  • Montezuma Castle Organ Pipe Cactus
  • Pipe Springs
  • Sunset Crater Volcano
  • Tonto
  • Tuzigoot
  • Walnut Canyon and Wupatki National Monuments
  • Grand Canyon
  • Petrified Forest and Saguaro National Parks
  • Tumacacori National Historical Park
  • Glen Canyon Recreation Area

The offer is just for Tuesday anyone planning an extended stay will have to pay regular fees for the remainder of their stay.



Bike the Strip and Hoover Dam in One Ride

Bike the Strip and Hoover Dam in One Ride

Bike riders can look forward to a chance to cruise the Strip before heading out to Hoover Dam this fall.

The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has announced that the RTC 2012 Viva Bike Vegas Gran Fondo will again begin on the Las Vegas Strip and century riders will have the opportunity to ride over the Hoover Dam.

Preventing Drownings Focus of Videos Backed by Grant

Preventing Drownings Focus of Videos Backed by Grant


The National Park Foundation will award Lake Mead NRA a 2012 Impact Grant to support the launch of two bilingual drowning prevention videos, a project that will educate people about how to prevent drowning by depicting real-life scenarios.

The grant is part of the National Park Foundation’s Impact Grant program, which gives parks the financial support needed to transform innovative yet underfunded ideas into successful in-park programs and initiatives.

“Most drownings can be easily prevented,” Superintendent Bill Dickinson said.  “Unfortunately there are 30 drownings at Lake Mead NRA each year.  These are heartbreaking events for families and park staff. These videos will help educate our visitors about how easy it is to prevent such a needless loss of life.”

Residents Embrace Newly Completed River Mountains Trail

New trail linking Boulder City, Henderson, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam is a great place to enjoy the cooler fall temperatures.

Southern Nevadans who enjoy the outdoors are willing to endure summer's stop-drop-and-roll heat because they know the sun will eventually retreat from the Mojave Desert and give way to perfect fall days.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.