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McKissick Canyon

A 3-mile hike with 2,000 feet of elevation gain, the trail up Mckissick Canyon leads to a stunning view over the Winnemucca Valley, with rock-scrambling access to the peaks of the Dogskin Range.

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Where the Pavement Ends

When leapfrog development threatened a tract of private land north of Reno, environmental organizations worked to demonstrate the site's scenic value to the community.

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Tugboat Beach, Curaçao

The diverse and thriving reef offers adventures for both the casual snorkeler and the scuba diver. But the main feature here is the sunken tugboat, located about 300ft from the beach.

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Life by the Beach

Soon after I turned five we bought a house about a half mile from the beach. The fact that now, in my 70s, I take this experience for granted may be a confession of a lifelong hubris.

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Postpile Ridge

While not as distinctly formed as Devils Postpile National Monument, this thousand-foot long ridge, located high above Storey County’s Long Valley Creek, is still an impressive sight.

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The Court of Antiquity

Perhaps a few hundred years ago, or as many as 10,000, Native Americans gathered at this spot above the Truckee River to the east of the broad meadows that would become the city of Reno.

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Mt. Rose Waterfall

Standing more than 6,300 feet above downtown Reno’s 4,500 feet, Mount Rose looks daunting. But its summit trail begins high up the mountain pass road (SR 431), at 8,911 feet.

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Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

The creation of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was a kind of miracle, as the entire area was destined to be a subdivision in 1980. The savior of Ash Meadows was the Devils Hole pupfish.

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Salton Sea Mud Volcanoes

These two square miles of gurgling and burping mud volcanoes are not actually volcanic in origin. They are created by carbon dioxide bubbling up through a muddy slurry.

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Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

Campo, California is not on the road to anywhere; you are not likely to just happen upon this museum. But if you care about the history of American railroads, it's a must-see destination.

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Super Bloom in Anza Borrego

In March of 2017 the winter rains delivered a once-in-a-lifetime display of flowering extravagance that became known as the "Super Bloom" in the deserts of Southern California.

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Sacatone Overlook

This gigapixel panorama shows the "Seven Sisters" trestles of the former San Diego and Arizona Railway as the line snakes its way through Carrizo Gorge.

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Freight Train in the High Desert

Of the many vistas that Nevada has to offer, I never tire of the way the desert can present an entire freight train, in one ultra-wide glance, from the first engine to the final freight car.

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American Flat Mill

The ruins of the United Comstock Merger Mill at American Flat were demolished in late 2014. This 137-node virtual-reality tour was photographed from August to December of 2014.

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The Serpent Mother

The Serpent Mother is a 168′ long evocation of a skeletal serpent coiled around her egg in a monstrous but maternal gesture.

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Art Cars at the DMV

Before art cars are certified to roam the open Playa at night they must be inspected at the DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles).