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Outdoor Recreation

Apr 27, 2009

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park has majestic mountain peaks, lush alpine meadows, lavishly ornamented limestone caves and hundreds of scenic overlooks. Surrounded by wide sagebrush valleys, the park has been described as a luxurious island in the sky. The ancient bristlecone pines, some more than 4,000 years old, are one of the featured attractions at the park. Lehman Caves, a vast cave system in Great Basin National Park, is a fascinating wonderland of limestone formations at the park. There is an abundance of camping and hiking at the park. ( www.nps.gov/grba )

Death Valley

Hottest, driest and lowest : A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Death Valley is generally sunny, dry, and clear throughout the year. The winters, November through March, are mild with occasional winter storms, but summers are extremely hot and dry. There are nine campgrounds with varying facilities and seasons. ( www.nps.gov/deva )

Lake Tahoe

Located 38 miles from downtown Reno, Lake Tahoe is approximately 22 miles long and 12 miles wide, with 72 miles of scenic shoreline. The lake is known for its crystal-clear 99% pure water, as well as for the wide array of activities around the lake all year long. The lake is always lively with Jet Skiing, boating, parasailing and lounging on the beach. You can also view the lake from the decks of large paddle-wheel cruise boats. There are 18 alpine ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area and endless acres of backcountry for snowmobiling and snowshoeing. When the snow melts and the high-altitude air cools the hot summer sun, the 165-mile Tahoe Rim Trail is a popular destination for hikers from all over the world. (http://www.bluelaketahoe.com/)

Lamoille Canyon/Ruby Mountains

The Ruby Mountains have a way of making an impression. From the nearest town, Elko, you head up a two-lane road, negotiate a curve and then, suddenly, the Rubies — a snow-draped rock wall jutting more than 11,000 feet from the rolling sagebrush basin below. In winter, the deep, snow-covered contours resemble a giant, slumbering white caterpillar. Serious skiers can helicopter to the virgin powder found high atop the surrounding peaks, then make their way down the slopes. Carved into the base of the mountain is the lush Lamoille  Canyon, a hiker’s paradise. ( www.exploreelko.com )