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Five excellent outdoor escapes for the fall

Valley of Fire State Park.

1. Red Rock Canyon Our extended summer is over, which means Southern Nevada’s natural marvel won’t be set to bake during view-resplendent picnicking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing and hiking.

2. Mount Charleston Fall at the Spring Mountains is like winter without the snow. Scenic drives and chairlift rides, science safaris, art workshops, nighttime hikes and restorative adult beverages scratch the surface of what to do at this crunchy, woodsy getaway.

2. Gold Strike Canyon Famously closed in the summer, the popular, boulder-heavy southeastern trail challenges hikers for most of its 4.5 miles, but rewards them with a beautiful halfway-point rest stop at the Colorado River.

4. Historic Railroad Trail Also a National Historic Trail, this partially tunnelled, 3.7-mile path dates back to the construction of Hoover Dam and offers fantastic views of Lake Mead.

5. Valley of Fire State Park Walk all over the set of Total Recall, marvel at the red sandstone formations and petroglyphs, take selfies in front of Elephant and Arch Rocks and camp at Nevada’s oldest state park. (Courtesy)

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