Adventure guide to the high Southwest by Steve Cohen

By Steve Cohen

This consultant is a part of a sequence concentrating on outside actions comparable to mountaineering, cycling, mountain climbing, horseback using, downhill skiiing, parasailing, backpacking, waterskiing and scuba diving. ancient and different heritage details is supplied, in addition to finished shuttle info.

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Sometimes, at a quiet moment in a place far from the ordinary, ghosts of those long departed may even pay a visit. You can go a long way out here without seeing another human being, but you probably won't get far without finding evidence of deer, elk, rattlers, coyotes, eagles, ravens, turkey vultures, or hawks. Less frequently seen are black bears, mountain lions, pronghorn antelope, and bighorn sheep. The High Southwest was created over eons by the geological forces of volcanoes, wind, erosion, flowing water, and movements of geological plates inside the earth's crust.

Temperatures are often 10 to 15° warmer than more northerly locales; hang up your ski jacket and go for a swim in the powder. Cross-country skiing areas are usually more peaceful and less crowded than developed downhill runs but, unless you plan on sticking to the easiest groomed trails, it is wise to know what you are doing. You can ski the backcountry for an hour or for days, but snow conditions are often unstable and avalanches are frequent in certain areas or under certain conditions. To help match your abilities with appropriate terrain, it is highly recommended that you consult with ski shop personnel or regional information sources before approaching the backcountry.

Other major gateways include Phoenix, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City and Denver. The entire region is a lot to cover in one trip. Rest assured, wherever you dive in, the High Southwest will offer significant rewards. Each chapter starts with an introduction to the region. This covers information on climate, history, and culture, along with the Page 13 main sites and activities. It is followed by a short section called Getting Around, outlining the main roads and transportation options, as well as the general route the chapter will follow.

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