April showers bring May flowers… or at least that’s what they say. Spring has officially sprung, and I personally am looking forward to spending some time outdoors and enjoying all that spring in Nevada has to offer. Weather you like to hike, ride, or camp, springtime in Nevada is sure to deliver some fantastic outdoor recreational opportunities. One of my favorite spring activities is to head to the Santa Rosa Mountains. Within an hour’s drive from Winnemucca, the Santa Rosa’s offer a variety of hikes, beautiful established campgrounds at Lye creek, and roads for OHV recreation. In the spring, the hillsides come to life with blooming wildflowers. Water Canyon is another great destination in the spring, however, be prepared for high creek crossings.
While there are plenty of fantastic areas to enjoy here in Northern Nevada, this Spring I will be traveling south to visit Valley of Fire State Park. Valley of Fire is named after the vibrant red sandstone formations which, when caught in the right light, can look like they are actually catching fire.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to see the unique sandstone formations within the park such as Elephant Rock and Windstone Arch. One of the other features of Valley of Fire that I am excited to experience are the petroglyphs, which can be found at various sites throughout the park. The reason for my trip to Valley of Fire is because I will be assisting with a Leave No Trace Trainer course. This is especially exciting because not only will I get to explore the beauty of Valley of Fire State park myself, but also I will get to share that experience with people who are committed to doing their part to ensure that beautiful outdoor spaces stay beautiful for years to come.