History of the Old Spanish Trail

Photo: Jimmy Emerson, Old Spanish Trail Marker Las Vegas – The Clark County Wetlands Park hosts a lecture about the history of the Old Spanish Trail Thursday, August 17, from 6-8pm. Presenter Liz Warren is a historian and one of the founders of the Old Spanish Trail Association. The two-hour lecture is free to attend and …

Seven Magic Mountains, aka #7magicmountains

Photo: Places to bring Zoe Favorite new ‘Point of Interest’ outside Las Vegas: Seven Magic Mountains. #7magicmountains When we visited Thursday morning, there were a dozen cars in the parking lot.  There is a dirt path from the parking lot to the sculptures. All of the visitors appear to be in jovial moods.  No one stays …

America’s Monuments: Worth the Fight

A new report by the Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the tremendous economic and environmental benefits of some two dozen American parklands and waters. “These breathtaking places belong to you and me,” said Rhea Suh, NRDC president. “Millions of Americans have urged the government to protect them. They are not mere pieces of real estate …

Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument

Photo: Justina Thorsen, Snow-covered Organ Mountains Organ Mountains – Desert Peaks National Monument (New Mexico) is home to diverse recreation opportunities including excellent hiking trails. Hikers can enjoy expansive mountain views, unique geologic features, rock art, seasonal springs, Chihuahuan desert flora and fauna, wildlife, historic sites and much more on the many miles of trail within …

Unlandmarks

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – From August 1 to December 31, Code for Pittsburgh will be building a map of landmarks that are no longer physically present. The Unlandmarks Map will reveal and detail historical injustices. It will show the rent-raising which closed down minority-owned businesses, the murals which were painted over, the unique houses which were …

Nevada

Nevada (pronounced [ne- vae-da], with a short “a” as in apple) Nevada is a state of bold contrasts: rural landscapes and big cities, extravagant gaming and a movement toward farmers’ markets, local culture, renewable energy and a green building ethos. For those passionate for parks, wilderness, Indigenous cultures, responsible travel and great fun – Nevada. Indigenous …

Las Vegas

Zio Ziegler Mural, Flickr Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada and hosted more than 41 million visitors in 2016. Nearly 2.1 million of Nevada’s 2.8 million residents live in Clark County, which covers the Las Vegas metro area. And we mention these people – locals and visitors – because …

Albuquerque

Photo: John Fowler, Watermelon Mountain Albuquerque (Beeʼeldííl Dahsinil in Diné) is New Mexico’s most populous city and home to the University of New Mexico. The first week of October check out the International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest such gathering of hot-air balloons from around the globe. Favorite Places Frontier Restaurant, an Albuquerque tradition located …

Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park is located in California and Nevada east of the Sierra Nevada, occupying a transition zone between the Great Basin and Mojave deserts in the United States. Tupippuh Nummu means “Our Homeland” in the language of the Timbisha Shoshone, the native people of Death Valley. Timbisha is their name for the valley as well. The word ‘Timbisha’ refers to a sacred …

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, encompasses 1,218,375 acres and lies on the Colorado Plateau in the state of Arizona. It was one of the first national parks created in the United States. The canyon is 277 miles (446 kilometers) long, ranges in width from 0.25 to 15 miles (0.4 to 24 kilometers) …