hiking

The Best Hiking Near Las Vegas

A trip to Las Vegas usually means, first and foremost, enjoying the city’s endless activity. Aside from walking the Strip or lounging at the extravagant resort pools, most Vegas activities are indoors, including casino games, live entertainment, clubs, and enough restaurants/bars to make your head spin! While these are all fun things to do on vacation, some people may be surprised to learn that there’s actually a lot of outdoor activity to enjoy in the American Southwest – including hiking through some of the most beautiful scenery in the country. If you’re planning…

Three Dangers to Avoid when Exploring the Wilderness

Exploring the wilderness has always been a popular pasttime. Even in the past decade, there has been a resurgence of interest and information regarding primitive survival skills. Whether it’s watching a reality-based survival show or simply taking a walk in the woods, people are asking themselves, “Would I know how to survive in the wild on my own?” Whether you are hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, rock climbing, or are simply someone who likes to immerse themselves in nature, knowing how to keep yourself alive and protected when exploring the wilderness is a critical skill…

A Beginner’s Guide to Jungle Exploration

Camping out in the woods is child’s play when you’ve been a traveler for a few years. Being outdoors in the forest, listening to the wind howl through the branches and leaves is anything but frightening. You already know how to cross streams, navigate the landscape full of hills and trees, and keep safe with wild animals all around you. However, exploring the jungle can be one of the more challenging expeditions.  Not only is foliage extremely dense, it’s humid beyond belief, you sweat profusely, and when night comes, the jungle comes alive. So, if you…

Exploring Whistler’s Train Wreck Hike

The Whistler Train Wreck Hike Location: Just south of Function Junction, off Whistler Quarry Road (near the Olympic Village) Whistler, British Columbia, Canada Difficulty: Easy Time: Approximately an hour round trip, plus time to visit the site Elevation Gain: 100 feet Mileage: 1.25 miles, round trip Overall impression: This was an easy family hike (I recommend this hike for kids 6 or older) that brought us out of the town and into the forest during our Whistler visit. There is a lot of beauty in this area of Canada! If you’re looking for something completely different to…