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Mountain Bike Relay Race Set for Saturday

Mountain Bike Relay Race Set for Saturday


A bike race considered by organizers to be the first of its kind in southern Nevada arrives Saturday at Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park in Boulder City.

“24 Hours of Bootleg Canyon” is a relay mountain bike race on a lap course, with each lap taking the average rider between 60 and 90 minutes to complete, while guiding them through miles of amazing desert singletrack overlooking Lake Mead.

Races include relay teams with up to three riders. The ride ends with an awards ceremony and celebratory barbecue for the entire family to enjoy with participants. The race benefits the local Toys for Tots Campaign; athletes and spectators attending the event are asked to bring one unwrapped child's toy as a donation.

The event begins at 7 a.m. and includes both six- and 12-hour races. The barbecue starts at noon and the awards ceremony begins at 8 p.m.

Pumpkinman Triathlon Races to Boulder City

Pumpkinman Triathlon Races to Boulder City


Athletes from around the country will be in Boulder City this weekend for the annual Pumpkinman Triathlon.

The race starts 7 a.m., at Boulder Beach at Lake Mead and ends in Boulder City. There are three divisions: Sprint, Olympic and Half Triathlon. The event starts with a swim and ends with a run. Athletes will drop off gear at transition points starting Friday night.

An awards ceremony and raffle will follow the event. There will also be a free meal and massage after the race for athletes.

Internal Visitor Survey Finds Happy Customers at Lake Mead

Internal Visitor Survey Finds Happy Customers at Lake Mead

Nearly all visitors to Lake Mead National Recreation Area came away happy, according to a study by the National Park Service.

Results of the survey report that 95 percent of park visitors are satisfied overall with park facilities, services and recreational opportunities. The survey is designed to measure visitor satisfaction and visitor understanding and appreciation.

Write-in comments were consistently positive. Visitors would like to see improvements in the number of on-the-water law enforcement patrols and additional amenities such as more floating restrooms.

A few visitors expressed concern about the cost of entrance fees with this year’s fee increase; however, 77 percent of visitors surveyed said they were satisfied with the overall value for entrance fees paid.

Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns

Busy Weekend Brings Safety Concerns

The Lake Mead area will be full of people as they flock there for the Labor Day weekend.

The National Park Service estimates 200,000 visitors will use the lake and surrounding campgrounds over the next three days. Park rangers will be out in force to make sure everyone is safe. 

So far, this year, six people have drowned at the lake. The park service says everyone should wear a life vest when they get into the water even if they’re swimming near the shore.

“For swimmers on the beach, we always recommend wearing a life jacket. A majority of our drownings happened from swimmers on the beach,” said Andrew Munoz with the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

He says many people get into trouble when they become overly confident while swimming. Munoz says people don’t realize how tired they are and end up drowning.

The park service will also ticket boats without the proper equipment.

Public Input on Callville Bay Sought

Public Input on Callville Bay Sought

Those wishing to give their ideas about wastewater treatment at Callville Bay have a month to do so.

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on its environmental assessment (EA) analyzing options for upgrading the wastewater treatment systems at Callville Bay. The existing system collects and treats wastewater from both park service and concession facilities.

Several new facilities have been added in the area since the current system was put in place, with others still planned. Facility upgrades are necessary to ensure the park can accommodate current and future demands while meeting all environmental regulatory standards. The EA evaluates the “No Action” alternative and four other action alternatives.

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Vote for Your Favorite Park to Win Thousands

Coca-Cola wants to give thousands of dollars to America's favorite park.

The company is teaming with the National Park Foundation, America's State Parks and the National Recreation and Park Association for the second annual America Is Your Park contest. The idea is for families to head into the great outdoors and enjoy state and local parks then vote for their favorite. The park with the most votes will get a $100,000 grant for improvements. You have until September 6 to submit your vote at LivePositively.com.  

Last year the title of America's Favorite Park went to Bear Head Lake State Park in Ely, Minnesota. Officials there were able to use the grant to build a warming hut for people enjoying winter sports. 

Big Crowd at Lake Mead for July 4 Weekend


Statistics from the July 4 weekend show more than 100,000 visitors and a few dozen incidents, according to the National Park Service.

The statistics encompass visitor use and incidentsfrom Friday, July 1 through Monday, July 4 throughout Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which includes both lakes Mead and Mohave.

Park rangers responded to multiple boating accidents and disabled boats in the park as a result of thunderstorms on Sunday. More than 50 park visitors were rescued, saved and/or medically treated as a result of park ranger emergency response during the four-day period.

Total Visitation: 107,906 visits

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