A wooden boardwalk borders a crystal blue spring in Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

Death Valley’s Hidden Springs and Desert Oases

The most surprising feature in Death Valley may be the presence of wetlands. These rare environments support distinct fish populations and provide life-giving watering holes, and are a sight to see surrounded by much rougher, barren landscapes.

Scenic view taken beside jutting rocks of the surrounding area including midtown Phoenix.

Phoenix Day Hike: Mohave Trail 200

If you want a climb to a view but don’t want to get hung up by the crowds on the Piestewa Summit Trail, Mohave could be your baby. This super-speedy hike is the perfect option when you’re short on time and don’t mind the huffing and puffing that comes with its quick elevation climb.

Petroglyphs marked on exposed granite.

Phoenix Day Hike: Waterfall Trail

Wheelchair-accessible and kid-friendly, the Waterfall Trail is just filled with delights. The graded-dirt portion includes educational plaques with details about surrounding plants, animals (bobcats, ringtails, bats, and hawks), and petroglyphs.

A long waterfall spills down a dramatic rock face with moss and vegetation growing beside the stream.

Salt Lake City Day Hike: Stewart Falls

Stewart Falls is a double falls, dropping over two limestone shelves before reaching the canyon floor. While the trail starts steep, it levels off to a nearly flat grade, making it a great hike for families with small children. Read on to find directions to the trailhead, the best time of year to go, and more.