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WIND WOLVES PRESERVE: HIKING THE WEST COAST’S LARGEST NONPROFIT NATURE PRESERVE

Rolling grasslands, wildflowers, wetlands, oak savannas, and pinyon forests converge to create one of the most uniquely diversified nature preserves in California.    

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MITCHELL CAVERNS: PROVIDENCE MOUNTAINS SRA

Hiking the trails and exploring the limestone caverns in one of California’s most rugged and remote state parks.    

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CHUTES & LADDERS: HIKING LADDER CANYON IN MECCA HILLS, CA

Located in the Mecca Hills Wilderness near the Salton Sea, this popular 5-mile loop hike through painted canyons, ancient faults, and deep slots requires rock scrambling, ladder climbing, and some minor rappels.      

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HIKING SANDSTONE PEAK: THE HIGHEST POINT IN THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS

Hiking the Sandstone Peak Trail to reach the highest point in the Santa Monica Mountains.    

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TREEHOUSE LIVING IN BEND, OREGON

Fall asleep to the sound of a river’s flow and wake up to a rooster’s crow at this one-of-a-kind treehouse in Bend, Oregon.

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FORT ROCK: TUFF & RUGGED IN OREGON’S HIGH DESERT OUTBACK

Rising like a mirage out the barren desert, this fort shaped National Natural Landmark makes a great side trip when traveling through the Oregon Outback.  

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SPITTING SAND AND MAKING WAVES IN MORRO BAY: CALIFORNIA’S CENTRAL COAST

Kayaking through the shallow waters of the Morro Bay Estuary over to the Sand Spit, where 80-foot high sand dunes separate Morro Bay from the Pacific Ocean.    

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HIKING CHINA RANCH: TECOPA, CA

Known for its delicious date shakes, unique history and incredible beauty, this desert oasis is also one of the best places to hike in Death Valley.    

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SALT CREEK HILLS ACEC: A GREAT SIDE TRIP ON THE WAY TO DVNP

This oasis at the southeastern tip of Death Valley is rich with history of the Old Spanish Trail, Mormon mines and what is believed to be the oldest standing structure in the Mojave Desert.  

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RINCONADA MINE HIKE: CENTRAL COAST, CA

Opening in 1872 and worked over the next 90 years, the Rinconada Mine was once one of the largest producers of mercury in San Luis Obispo County.  

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