Lower Bristlecone Trail

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Just a short ride out to Lee Canyon from the Vegas Strip, and you will discover some beautiful hikes. The Lower Bristlecone Trail is an easy one, with a wide gravel path to enjoy. Along the way, I found pine trees, mountain views, fresh air, woodpeckers, pine cones, and deer. I highly recommend a drive out to Lee Canyon if you find yourself in the area.

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Deer Creek Road

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One of my favorite outings from Las Vegas is a drive out to Deer Creek Road. It is so magical how you can quickly transform from the desert to mountains. And the drive only takes about 45 minutes from the Vegas Strip, depending on the traffic. The views here are gorgeous, and you just might run across some wild donkeys or horses, which are native to the area.

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Watchman Trail – Trail Map

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The Watchman Trail is listed as a moderate hike in the Zion National Park Hiking Guide with a distance of 3.3 miles and an elevation change of 368 feet.  I think a lot of people may take a pass on this trail because it kicks off right from the Visitor Center.  However, I liked the trail and its scenic views of the Zion Canyon and beyond. Here is the Trail Map and several photos taken from ground level or from a very low elevation at the beginning of the hike.  As you may know by now, Zion National Park is a beautiful place.

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Indian Lodge

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The Davis Mountains State Park is a pretty park located just outside Fort Davis, Texas.  There are some scenic hikes to take and camping spots if you wish to camp.  There is a hotel in the park called Indian Lodge that has 39 rooms, a restaurant, and a swimming pool.  As you can see, it has some nice views of the valley in the park.

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