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Ruby's Inn is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon and is the perfect place for you to stay for an enjoyable visit. Established in 1916 the folks at Ruby's Inn know how to treat its guest.
There are five different types of rooms you can choose from: Double King, Double Queen with jetted tub, Double Queen, King with in-room spa or Two Room Family Suite.
All rooms include: Cable Satellite TV, Coffeemaker, Iron and Ironing board, Dataports, AM/Fm Alarm Clock, Microwave, Refrigerator, Free High-Speed Wireless Internet and 100 Non-Smoking Rooms.
The rooms are spacious, very clean and there are connecting rooms if you are travelling with a group.
Ruby's has an indoor pool and jacuzzi. It's a great way to relax after a long hike!
If you didn't hike enough, there's a fitness center.
Need to do some work? There's a business center.
Staying for an extended period? There's a laundromat.
Forget something or looking for a gift? The General Store is amazing. From staples to unique gifts the General Store has what you are looking for.
Ruby’s Inn has three great restaurants, the Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room, Canyon Diner and Ebenezer’s Barn and Grill. I have eaten at the Cowboy Buffet & Steak Room and the buffet is great. It features high quality food at reasonable prices.
Ebenezer's Barn and Grill features great food and live music.
If you are looking for something fast, the Canyon Diner is your best bet.
There are so many different type of activities you couldn't do them all in one trip.
Here's a list of the activities offered:
Guided ATV Tours
Cross Country Skiing
And special events during certain times of the year.
If you are planning a trip to Bryce, Ruby's Inn is the place to stay. It has everything you could possibly want and is the closest lodging to Bryce Canyon, about five miles away.
For more information and to make a reservation: Ruby's Inn
If you’re not a hiker, you’re probably wondering to yourself why it has become such a popular hobby. Naturally, you might assume that it’s because people want to take in the views, sounds, and smells of their natural environment. You might also think that it’s a great way to get away from urban life and have some peaceful moments. While all of those are popular and valid reasons, other significant motivations for hiking are the health benefits.
At its core, hiking is a cardiovascular workout. This means that hiking can decrease your risk of coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and stroke by improving the respiratory functions of your heart, lungs, and blood vessels. It can also help you manage your blood sugar levels and blood pressure. As with any other aerobic exercise (that’s done regularly), hiking can also lower your risk of triglycerides, high cholesterol, and certain cancers — namely, breast cancer, colon cancer, and possibly lung cancer and endometrial cancer.
One obvious benefit of trekking through nature is the benefit to your physique by inducing weight loss. For a 150-pound person, hiking can burn up to 370 calories per hour. Hiking can also strengthen certain muscles including multiple components of your hips and legs — not to mention those glutes! Furthermore, your upper body will also feel the effects in your arms, shoulders, and neck. And let’s not leave out the core, which is yet another benefit of walking the trails. Finally, another not-so-obvious physical benefit is that hiking can increase bone density and/or slower its loss.
As the clear majority of studies will tell you, your physical health is also improved by your mood. And hiking and all that it encompasses can help boost your spirit by alleviating anxiety and stress. According to Gregory A. Miller, Ph.D., the president of the American Hiking Society, "Being in nature is ingrained in our DNA and we sometimes forget that." This makes sense because studies have shown that hiking leads to better sleeping habits and a reduced risk of depression and early death. As a result, someone who engages in seven hours of physical activity per week has a 40% lower risk of early death than someone who is active for less than 30 minutes per week.
According to another study, disconnecting from technology by spending time outdoors can actually increase your creative problem-solving skills and attention span. Even poker players like Eugene Katchalov have found the time to break away from the rigors of the gaming tables and squeeze in some worthwhile exercise by hiking in the mountains of Las Vegas. Perhaps by doing so, Katchalov is able to later return to the tables with a refreshed Zen and greater focus.
So, how much time do I need to spend hiking to really reap the benefits? Most professionals say that one can achieve the above-referenced benefits by moderately hiking for only 150 minutes per week; although you should know that you would need to increase your workouts by one extra hour per week in order to reduce the risks of both colon cancer and breast cancer. Keep in mind that while 2½ hours of trekking per week might seem a bit daunting, there’s no rule that says that you have to do it all at once. Feel free to break it up in ways that fit into your schedule, even if you just incorporate a short hike into every weekday, whether it’s in the morning, after lunchtime, or in the evening — whatever works for you. The only catch is that each aerobic session must last for at least 10 minutes in order for the exercise to effectively work toward your weekly total.
People have long known that walking through a forest or exploring a mountainside can be a calming feast for your eyes, ears, and nose. Now, we also know that hiking can nourish both your body and soul as well. So, the next time you hear the phrase “take a hike,” whether it’s in a movie, TV show, or from a snarky friend, you can silently giggle to yourself and think, “perhaps I will!” You’ll be all the better for it.
The Monument Arch has been a quest of mine for several years. At first I thought it might be an illusion. (See photo below.) As time passed I forgot about it until Davis just happened to catch the Arch in a photo taken from Black Velvet Peak. After inspecting the photo, the hunt was on again! From previous hikes to East Monument Peak I was convinced the Arch was a technical hike (ropes) from the east. Davis and I figured we would approach it from the west, which meant hiking to West Monument and then somehow find a route down to the Arch. Not an easy task for an illusive Arch that might not exist!
On December 7th, 2001, Davis and I tried to find the Arch by ascending to West Monument and then descending the Gully of Death. About halfway down the gully the sun started to sink and we got out of there. Attempt 1 was a dismal failure. The only thing we learned was this was going to be a long hike. Also, we learn that our combined IQ's during the hike didn't reach into double digits :)
On an early and cold morning in January, Davis and I tried again to find the Arch. This time our trailhead was off of Lovell Canyon road, the same trailhead for "The Park" hike. We figured this was a quicker approach than from Black Velvet trailhead. We hiked to West Monument and started the descent. Once past where we turned around last time, the going became tough. It was loose and brushy and death was in the air or, at least, a minor scrape from scrub oak! Finally, we were just around the corner from the Arch. We turned the corner and... No Arch, it was an illusion! There was an Arch type structure without the Arch. Maybe in a few thousand years it will become an Arch. I don't think we'll wait. We were disappointed to say the least. I wouldn't have believed it unless I saw it with my own eyes.
Photos Don't Lie
We tried to return the camera that took the photo of the Arch claiming it was defective. The store manager promptly threw us out of the store. We looked at the photo again and realized we were defective. We had stopped about 75 yards shy of the real Arch. We were almost 100% sure there was an Arch. We planned to wait until the longer days of April to conquer the Arch.
On a warm day in mid-April we started at Black Velvet trailhead on our quest to stand in the Arch. We both agreed the hike in from Black Velvet was better than the hike in from Lovell Canyon road. It didn't matter to us that it was longer. As we approached the "Ledges" Davis hurt his ankle. Having watched several episodes of Marcus Welby, MD when I was a kid, I offered to operate on it. Davis declined. The Arch got us again! I think it was smiling!
On May 14th, 2002, we were certain the Arch was ours! We were both in good shape and the daylight stretched into the evening. We departed from Black Velvet trailhead, ascended to West Monument, and descended the Gully of Near Death. This time we walked the additional 75 yards and... there was the Arch. The only thing that separated us was a 60-foot, class 5, wall! Where did that come from? It was not apparent in Davis' photo. We both collapsed. I am sure the Arch was laughing at us.
Time to Bring in the Professional
Ed Forkos has been climbing mountains for 40 years. He's very knowledgeable and puts safety first. I told him about the Arch and he wanted to conquer it. Bringing ropes and webbing with him, we planned to approach the Arch from the east and descend into a ramp that leads to the Arch. From my previous trips I knew if we could get to the ramp, we had it made. I talked Peter and Anna into coming along. Suckers!
On Halloween 2002, the four of us started walking toward East Canyon in our hiking costumes on route to the Arch. On an previous hike I had descended Arch Canyon, so we decided to climb it instead of following the traditional route. Part of the climb was very exposed class 4. Once near the Arch, I showed Ed all the routes down to the ramp and we decided on one. After finding an appropriate anchor, Ed tied me into the 100-foot rope and I started descending to the ramp. Peter thought it would be a good idea to tie the rope around my neck. I disagreed and kicked him off the hike. (I kick him off every hike :) I believed it was going to be a class 3 descent. I was wrong! It was class 4, at least. The rope was very reassuring. I inched my way down to the ramp and started running toward the Arch. Slam! I forgot to untie the rope. Thankfully it wasn't around my neck :) After untying the rope, I walked to the Arch. Wow! It was taller than I had thought. I was finally standing in the Arch.
The Arch is NOT on topo maps. I believe we were the first to stand in the Arch. I have never talked to anyone who knew about the Arch. We figured the Arch was at least 100 feet tall. It's more impressive than the Arch at Bridge Mountain.
Today only a handful of people have stood under the arch. To my knowledge I am the only person who has led this hike. We now rap down to the arch. This is safer and faster.
I had the arch registered in a database of natural arches around the country.
This is one of many stories of how I and others found peaks and points of interest in Red Rock Canyon.
What is Glutathione?
Glutathione, often referred to as “the mother of all antioxidants” is a substance produced naturally by the liver. It is also found in fruits, vegetables, and meats.
People take glutathione supplements by mouth for treating cataracts and glaucoma, preventing aging, treating or preventing alcoholism, asthma, cancer, heart disease (atherosclerosis and high cholesterol), hepatitis, liver disease, diseases that weaken the body’s defense system (including AIDS and chronic fatigue syndrome), memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease, osteoarthritis, and Parkinson’s disease.
Glutathione is also used for maintaining the body’s defense system (immune system) and fighting metal and drug poisoning.
Health Benefits of Glutathione
Glutathione enhances brain activity
Glutathione reduces muscle aches and pains
Glutathione slows the aging process
Glutathione increases energy and endurance.
Glutathione eliminates toxins
Glutathione enhances the Immune system
Glutathione improves internal organ function
I have been taking OGF (Original Glutathione Formula) RKMD for three weeks now. I have noticed increase energy during my hikes. Fellow hikers can testify to that. During the Rainbow Peak hike I was moving at a rapid pace even though I had a fairly heavy pack on. Hikers almost 25 years younger than I were having a hard time keeping up with me.
I do feel mentally sharper and less forgetful. I am remembering my mental "to do" list and not walking into a room wandering what I came in the room for.
I feel less muscle aches and pains after long hikes (7+ hours with around 3,000 feet of elevation gain.)
The other benefits are harder to subjectively measure and I have only been taking Glutathione for three weeks.
A one month supply of Glutathione runs $49.95. You can save $30 by purchasing a three month supply. You take six capsules per day all at the same time. The capsules are small and easy to swallow.
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First and foremost in my mind is the functionality of the Haeleum shirt.
The photo above was taken on the route Rainbow Peak Without the Ledges, a seven hour hike. During the hike the temperature range was almost 25 degrees due to the route being in the shade and then being in the sun, plus the elevation gain. (You lost almost four degrees for every 1,000 feet you ascend.)
I was never too hot or too cold and I never had to add an extra layer. Normally I get cold easily.
I also love the moisture wicking 100% Natural Stretch DryTru Polyester that not only wicks moisture away, but helps eliminate body odor. You can go eat after the hike without taking a shower first.
The cut of the Haeleum shirt is more relaxed which allows for freedom of movement and improves air flow thus keeping you cooler.
It's snag resistant! Take that scrub oak :) I have done 10 hikes in the shirt and no snags, tears, or rips!
Another great feature of this shirt is that it protects against bugs, such as mosquitoes, ticks and the diseases they carry, including the Zika and West Nile Viruses, Lyme Disease and Dengue Fever using Insect Shield Technology.
The Haeleum shirt also has 40+ UPF sun protection!
The shirt looks good and has a great feel to it.
This slightly textured shirt is wrinkle free and easy to care for.
It weighs a mere 7 ounces and comes in sizes S-XXL.
Your color options are Midnight Blue (pictured above) and Seolfor Gray.
Although this is a hiking/mountaineering shirt, it looks good enough to wear for everyday activities like going to a casual restaurant or a bar.
This is a great shirt. It looks good and is very functional.
I saved the best for last: The price!
I bet you are thinking a shirt like this would be $60+. It's only $39.99
Check it out the Haeleum Shirt here.
Prime Red Rock hiking season is just a few days away! Late September through November is one of the best times to hike in Red Rock. Most Las Vegans prefer Red Rock to hiking in Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead.
Why Hikers Like Red Rock Hiking
Red Rock has over 50 named peaks! Most of these peaks have at least two routes and some peaks have up to five routes! There are a lot of hikes in Red Rock.
Red Rock is closer for most hikers than Mt. Charleston or Lake Mead.
There's no scree in Red Rock!
The sandstone rock in Red Rock is not nearly as loose or sharp compared to the limestone rock found in Mt. Charleston.
There are few thunderstorms in Red Rock compared to Mt. Charleston.
It's not as hot in Red Rock as in Lake Mead.
Red Rock Hiking Strategy
While the days are still relatively long take advantage of the daylight and do the longer hikes: Bridge, Rainbow, Mt. Wilson, Pine Creek Peak, Black Velvet, Holiday, and Bridge Vista. These are the well known longer hikes. Of course there are longer hikes, such as: Monument Traverse, Bridge 360, The Stealth Range and others.
If you have been hiking in Mt. Charleston, you will be in good cardio shape due to hiking at elevation. This will make Red Rock hikes easier for you, since they are at much lower elevations.
You will not need to carry as much water due to cooler temperatures, which is an advantage. You should be able to say goodbye to 100 degree temps.
There are actually four different main hiking areas in Red Rock Canyon.
Calico Basin/Red Springs/Kraft Mtn. (short hikes)
The Scenic Loop (most hikes)
First Creek TH (Mt. Wilson, Indecision Peak, Decision Peak, White Pinnacle, Dead Horse Point, South Summit Mt. Wilson)
South Red Rock - Black Velvet area, Windy Peak, Global Peak
Only the Scenic Loop is subject to Red Rock Hours:
April - Sept: 6 am to 8 pm
Oct: 6 am to 7 pm
Nov - Feb: 6 am to 5 pm
March: 6 am to 7 pm
Have fun and maybe I will see you at a peak.
Branchv – Feb – 6:00 AM to 5:00 PM
March – 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Apr – Sep – 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Oct – 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM
“When is it better to go hiking? How to prepare for it? What to wear when hiking?” – questions like these are asked by first-time hikers most often. At first glance it might seem that a walking trip doesn’t require any special clothing; however, only thorough preparation will guarantee an unforgettable and safe hiking experience.
The thing is the weather can rapidly change from hot to cold, from wet to sunny, regardless of the season, especially if choosing mountain routes and trails. That’s why the hiking outfit is meant to be super versatile, comfortable, and ready-for-everything.
Best Fabrics To Choose
The main criterion that should be followed here is the moisture-wicking ability of the fabric, no matter if it’s hiking tights or a long-sleeve shirt. Synthetic materials handle it very well: polyester is known over time as a universal and affordable fabric, able to wick sweat and dry fast. Its only downside is a tendency to smell funky – the problem, which can be solved by means of natural materials like merino wool (so popular among tourists). Exceptionally lightweight, soft, odor-free, and breathable, it keeps you cool in temperatures of up to +35°C, and holds in the heat in -20°C. 21 things you should know before investing in wool.
Nowadays, lots of hikers also pick such innovative material as GORE-TEX, characterized by incredible longevity and waterproof/windproof protection.
Avoid cotton: despite being natural, it’s absolutely inefficient at wicking and drying. It soaks up the sweat and stays wet for a long time. “Cotton kills” – the longtime hikers claim, and that makes sense, indeed.
Layering is the Key
Is it really an issue? Absolutely! Three layers of clothing – basic, insulating, and shell – will trap the air warmed by your body heat, wick moisture away from your skin, allow you to adapt to changing weather condition, without sacrificing durability and comfort. Remove upper layers to prevent yourself from overheating, or add layers if it’s cold. Besides, you’ll have extra space in the backpack as a little pleasant bonus.
The layer, which is closest to your skin, is meant to trap the body heat and wick moisture. So, all wicking fabrics like COOLMAX will cope with it. Choose the thickness according to the climate, season, weather, and enjoy your adventure. Nylon, polyester, and merino wool are also good in keeping you clean, cool, and dry, so they’re perfect for:
Middle (Insulating) Layer
The second layer acts as insulation, it’s usually more than one garment. It may include a long-sleeved flannel shirt that you can take off or roll the sleeves up, a polypro pullover, polyester fleece pants, a pair of ordinary sweats, or the one able to transform from pants to shorts.
Never wear denim jeans for a hike, avoid pants with tight waists and if they’re not stretchy enough to climb up steps or over rocks.
Here goes the clothing that protects from wind and rain. Waterproof or water-resistant (less expensive) jackets with removable fleece interior for increased versatility can double as a windbreaker. Choose lightweight yet sturdy materials, so that it blocks the wind well while packing it isn’t a hassle.
Also, remember to take waterproof pants as well, when the rain is predicted by the weather forecast. The wider, the better – if you can get the pants on without taking the boots off, it’s a big plus in case of a sudden downpour.
Shoes are the most important part of the hiking outfit, as you are going to go big distances on foot, and blisters will quickly disable even a highly experienced tourist.
Sneakers won’t give you the grip you need on slippery surfaces, so better wear special hiking shoes or boots. They are both comfortable and safe and can cope with any terrain. The best shoes for hiking have a good sole, provide you with plenty of ankle support, stability, and flexibility.
For warm weather, don’t put on waterproof shoes as they feature bad breathability that will result in excessive feet sweating.
Head & Hands
No matter, if you’re planning a hike in Vegas or somewhere else, in summer or in winter, sunglasses and a hat are definite must-haves. The sun is too active even when it’s cold outside, so without proper protection, you’re risking to get sunburned. Cover your neck, face, tips of the ears, as well as head and eyes.
In winter wear a hat in order not to lose heat from your head, or try a balaclava. Waterproof gloves would also come in handy for a cold weather hike.
Be adventurous but stay safe, choose comfort over fashion, and you’ll have the most unforgettable hiking experience of the lifetime!
Written by Helen Rogers http://thecrossfitshoes.com/
A surprising number of people travel to Las Vegas in order to enjoy some of the beautiful surrounding country. That might seem counterintuitive if you’re used to pictures that make it look like Vegas simply shoots out of a flat landscape in the middle of nowhere. But one need only venture a few miles away from the city to start seeing more varied terrain, and only a little farther to start seeing some true national wonders. Lake Mead is a popular hiking destination for instance, best known for being the site of the Hoover Dam; Red Rock Canyon is a popular draw as well.
For the most part, these destinations can almost be considered akin to some of the main attractions of Vegas. Seeking out surrounding national parks, for some visitors, is not unlike trying to find the best restaurants or hunting down the best roulette experiences on casino floors. Just as the legendary casino games and luxurious comforts exemplify the spirit of Vegas, the surrounding natural areas are synonymous with the American Southwest.
Even with there being some renowned natural areas around Vegas, however, there are some that are somewhat overlooked. One is the Kelso Dunes, a breathtaking area nestled within the Mojave National Preserve, which is just across the California border from Nevada. Essentially rising out of nowhere in the midst of a vast expanse of dry land, the Kelso Dunes are higher and more striking than most dunes you’ve seen at popular beaches. And naturally, they make for a great hike!
To some extent, if you drive to the dunes and bark at an entrance to the park, you can explore the area on your own. However, there are set hikes as well. Hikespeak outlines a three-mile round trip that takes you to the top (about 650 feet over the desert floor, which is actually quite high) and back to where you started. The directions to the trailhead provided there are from the west, assuming a visitor is driving from Barstow. But the coordinates are provided as well, which should make it easy to reach from Las Vegas as well.
Once there, you face a straightforward but still relatively challenging hike. Walking on sand always involves a little bit of resistance, and though the climb is gradual, 650 feet on a dune is no joke. Nevertheless, it’s well worth the trip. You’ll get a nice workout, you’ll climb on some of the biggest dunes you’ll ever see in your life, and you’ll enjoy awesome views of the surrounding desert. It’s certainly a nice way to mix it up in the midst of a trip to Las Vegas.
On July 4th, 1999, we successfully completed our 4th annual Multi-Peak hike in Mt. Charleston. In the past we had done three peak hikes, but this year we wanted something very challenging. And we got it.
This was our first and only Five Peak endurance hike, at least doing this route. We started at the South Loop trailhead, hiked to Griffith Peak, Charleston Peak, and Mummy Mountain. We then descended the scree slope and followed the North Loop trail back up to Charleston Peak and over to Griffith Peak. Finally, we took the South Loop trail back to the trailhead.
I figured we hiked a little more than 28 miles and the elevation gain was almost 7,500 feet.
Below are our times for future reference. I don't recommend doing this hike. It was very hard and abusive to the body. We took about 90 minutes for breaks, food, and signing the registers.
Start: 5:46 am
Griffith Peak: 7:38 am
Charleston Peak: 9:33 am
Mummy Mtn: 12:16 pm
Charleston Peak: 3:31 pm
Griffith Peak: 5:51 pm
Finish: 7:56 pm
I received a pair of Darn Tough socks to test back in January 2014. The model I tested was Coolmax Boot Sock Full Cushion #1441.
Here was my original finding:
Great fit: Darn Tough has eliminated the stitching by the big toe and little toe that can make the sock bunch up.
Comfortable: From the minute I put the socks on they fit well and were comfortable. No slipping.
Padding: Both under the ball of the foot and in the heal.
Wicking materiel: Your feet stay dry,which prevents hot spots and blisters.
Made in America: Enough said.
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As most of you know the hikes I do are very demanding. I have done about 10 hikes in these socks and I will be a lifetime customer.
It has been 3.5 years since I started wearing Darn Tough Socks. Since then they are the only hiking sock I wear.
I was given four pair of Darn Tough socks back in Jan. 2014. I have done almost 400 hikes and all four pair of Darn Tough socks are still in great shape!
I will be a lifetime customer.
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Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV