ViewOn Magazine May-June 2024 Outdoor Adventure Issue

Page 1

complimentary issue
mesquite | moapa valley | arizona strip | southern utah

May 1 - June 30, 2024 Volume 17 – Issue 3


Kathy Lee


Erin Eames


Elisa Eames

Rayma Davis


Kelsey Blasdell / k photo + film


Kyle and Jennifer Baker

Stan Harger, Donna Eads, Kaylee Pickering, Jerry Thomas, Barbara Bruno, Ashley Centers, Cliff and Ilene Bandringa, Rob Krieger, Anita DeLelles, Judi Moreo, Nathan Hughes, Karen L. Monsen, Melynda Thorpe, Elisa Eames, Danelle French, Dustin Charles Berg, John Belanger, Dave Heath, Darby Doyle, Jo Keller, Kelsey Blasdell, Celece Krieger, Kristina Reisner


Kathy Lee



Bert Kubica

Cheryl Whitehead

DISTRIBUTION ViewOn Magazine Staff

PUBLISHED BY ViewOn Magazine, Inc. Office (702) 346-8439

Fax (702) 346-4955


| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 2
Facebook Instagram:
2007-2024 ViewOn Magazine, Inc. No part of this publication may be reproduced in whole or part without the express written permission from the publisher, including all ads designed by the ViewOn Magazine staff. All articles submitted by contributing writers are deemed correct at the time of publishing. ViewOn Magazine, Inc. and/or any of its affiliates accept no responsibility for articles submitted with incorrect information.

Letter from the Editor

Dear Readers,

As I contemplated this issue, I decided I’d like to know what each of you does for fun in the summertime! The sun is shining, the skies are blue, and the days are long. Now is the time for outdoor adventure! Here in the desert Southwest, there is so much to do!

Do you long to breathe the fresh air of higher altitudes or find the solitude of a mountain lake? With a short drive to the north, you can enjoy a day hike through Zion National Park. Within a few hours to the south, you can experience Lake Powell and all its wonder.

Do you yearn to spend the day playing in the sun and then watch as your breath is taken away by the most awe-inspiring desert sunset? Play a round of golf, try a game of pickleball, take a swim in Lake Mead, or walk where the dinosaurs once tread. If any of these appeal to you, then don’t miss “I Swear it Was This Big!” by Dave Heath, “Get Outside and Get Some Sun!” by Ashley Centers, Karen Monsen’s article about the outdoor spirit, and Judi Moreo’s “Life Lessons for the Outdoors.”

Perhaps you might like to go horseback riding. If so, you can reach out to Tim at Arizona Horse Ride, or maybe it's time to check out that side-by-side you’ve had your eye on at Polaris Can-Am Honda World. You can find their locations and phone numbers in their ads.

Do you crave relaxation and rest? Book an Airbnb for a week, or get a hotel room for the night and take advantage of the numerous spas and health clubs. Watch an outdoor play or a concert in the park, and enjoy a picnic while you're there. We have included in this edition several of these adventures that you'll want to experience!

In this issue, you will find beautiful places to visit, fantastic vacations to plan, and amazing activities to participate in so you can have fun like a kid again. Speaking of kids—take your kids, grandkids, partner, best friend, or just yourself and enjoy this extraordinarily beautiful time of the year. Plan a backyard barbeque, make some homemade ice cream, or enjoy a friendly board game.

Summer is upon us! What will you do? Get outside, soak up some vitamin D, and let the adventures begin!

Be sure to stop by and visit our advertisers. They bring you this and every issue. Follow us on Facebook, and visit our website at

Adventure awaits the adventurous!

Sincerely, Editor in Chief

May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


Anita DeLelles, LMT, is a certified Equine and Small Animal Acupressure Practitioner with accreditation from Tallgrass Animal Acupressure Institute. Her studies included two consecutive summers in Bath, England, as well as coursework in Colorado and California and a BFA from UNLV. Anita is certified in small animal massage from the Northwest School of Animal Massage as well as in human massage. In 2014, Anita and husband Ron opened WOOF! Wellness Center and launched their website

Karen L. Monsen is a freelance writer who lives in St. George, Utah. She covers outdoor topics, nature, science, research, and human impacts. She taught French and social studies in public schools, served as a technical training coordinator, and designed and delivered business and technical writing seminars for corporate clients.

Donna Eads and her husband moved to Mesquite in 2010 from Palm Desert, California, and she loves the small-town atmosphere. Her writing experience extends from high school and college newspapers to professional manuals as a critical care nurse. Her passion for tennis is evident in her frequent articles for ViewOn Magazine.

Rob Krieger is a 20-plus-year member of the PGA of America and is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He came to the area as the Director of Golf at Conestoga and now owns his own golf instruction business in St. George called Red Rock Golf Instruction, which is based at Southgate Golf Course Driving Range. He has been writing for ViewOn Magazine since 2010. He is also a Utah PGA Player Development Award Winner. For help with your game, please visit or email him at

Elisa Eames is a freelance writer and bookkeeper. Her love of creative writing began in the fourth grade when she wrote her first story. She has a bachelor's degree in humanities with a French minor and an accounting certificate. Her other loves include writing stories, running/hiking, acting/singing, and laughing. She can be reached at

Linda Faas and her husband arrived in Mesquite in 2004. They love the friends they have made here and love exploring the beauty of the surrounding desert. Linda has immersed herself in community life and volunteers with education nonprofits. She is a reporter and feature writer for local and regional publications and is always seeking new adventures.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 4

Judi Moreo is one of the most recognized personal growth trainers and coaches in the world. She is the author of 11 books, including two international bestsellers, You Are MoreThan Enough and ConquertheBrain Drain. A self-made success, Judi started her first business with $2,000 and a lot of chutzpah. Judi learned to succeed step-by-step over many years and now has a worldwide following of clients who are enjoying outstanding success as a result of her guidance. You can reach Judi at or (702) 283-4567.

David Cordero is the Communications and Marketing Director for the City of St. George. A southern Utah resident since 2006, David has extensive experience in writing, public relations,

marketing, and public speaking. He has also served in a variety of volunteer capacities over the years, including Utah Honor Flight, American Legion Post 90, religious education, and as a coach for his son's athletic teams. Email him at

Ashley Centers is the former General Manager of Anytime Fitness Mesquite, and her passion for fitness runs deep. She fell in love with competitive powerlifting as a preteen. She set many state records and national qualifying totals during her lifting career prior to her competitive retirement while attending college. Ashley is now an ISSA Elite Level Trainer, Certified Fitness Nutritionist, and Corrective Exercise Specialist and is training for Strongwoman competitions. She is an inactive board member for the Mesquite Senior Games and is excited to remain a contributor for ViewOn Magazine and to write about her passion for health and fitness!

Helen Houston is the owner of Staging Spaces and Redesign in Mesquite, Nevada. Helen holds certifications as a Drapery and Design Professional, a Certified Color Consultant, and a Real Estate Staging Professional. Helen has been a contributing writer for ViewOn Magazine for the past 13 years. Her creative writing features articles on home fashion, home staging, and home entertaining. Helen is a published author in several national design and trade magazines. She can be reached at or (702) 346-0246.

Cliff and Ilene Bandringa are authors and the creators of They have been traveling and photographing the world for more than 20 years, with a motto of finding the lesserknown, off-the-beaten-path places and then sharing their experiences with others. They do this via their blog, the virtual tour guides they've written, lots of YouTube videos, magazine articles, and a sister website of highquality and stock images. You can find all of these at

Nathan Hughes is a financial advisor with Raymond James. A native of Mesquite, Nevada, Nathan is dedicated to managing and preserving wealth for you and your family. By establishing deep and valued relationships with you, he is able to gain a comprehensive understanding of your needs and goals. Nathan works hard to enhance and preserve your investments while assisting you in realizing your goals through long-term financial solutions. Contact Nathan by phone at (208) 277-9239, by email at, or visit the firm’s website at

5 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Message from the Mayor

Springdale, Utah, is the gateway to Zion National Park. Located at the south entrance, it is a charming town that has managed to maintain its "village environment" in spite of record visitation to Zion. It's a great jumping-off point for your Zion visit, but it's also a great destination in its own right.

The George Barker River Park offers an off-leash dog area as well as hiking trails, picnic tables, public restrooms, and access to the Virgin River.

We have several adventure companies in the Town of Springdale, and they are available to take you into Zion or on an adventure into the Zion corridor area. Whether climbing, canyoneering, biking, hiking, or water fun is your preference, they have something for everyone. They also rent equipment that you can use to create your own adventure. Most notably, they rent poles and water shoes for a Zion Narrows trek.

For your best Zion National Park experience, stay in one of our many hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, or nightly rental properties. You can park your car upon arrival and ride the electric shuttles throughout town and into Zion. Parking is free at those properties, but there is a charge for street parking that varies by zone.

Our restaurants, most of which are unique and locally owned, offer great dining experiences. Many also offer meals to go for your outdoor adventure.

We have several bike rental businesses in Springdale that rent both traditional bicycles and e-bikes, and our town is pedestrianfriendly as well.

We received official designation as an IDA Dark Sky Community in July of 2023 and hold community "night sky" events from time to time. Join us for one of these structured events, or simply go outside and look up at the sky. You won't be disappointed.

We have four pickleball courts with benches and shade structures at our Town Park on Lion Boulevard. With views of Zion's majestic mountains from the courts, many visitors have told us that it's their favorite place to play. This park also offers a sand volleyball court and a frisbee golf course.

Annual events include a Fourth of July pancake breakfast and parade, the Zion Canyon Music Festival in September, the Butch Cassidy 10K/5K run in November, the RedRox Music Festival in November, and the Christmas parade and community party.

We have a rotating art exhibit at our Canyon Community Center that changes approximately every six weeks. We offer art classes, fitness classes, line dancing, community talks, and various events at the center throughout the year.

Our hotels and restaurants have live music virtually every night throughout the summer and fall, and a schedule can be found on the Zion Canyon Visitors Bureau website. That website is also a great resource to enter the lottery for Angels Landing permits, book local accommodations, find hikes and curated adventures, and see the current Zion shuttle schedule.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 6
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 8 table of Contents ROAM OUTDOOR ADVENTURE CO. 54 OFLAND ESCALANTE 63 44 44 Featured Articles 25 ALL AROUND MESQUITE NEVADA Cabin Springs Rock Cabin 54 63 SEVEN GREAT SPOTS For Utah Fishing This Spring and Summer 25



Embrace the Wild:

Life Lessons from Nevada's Outdoor Adventures


Retirement Planning for the Active Lifestyle


The Outdoor Spirit


Get Outside and Get Some Sun!


Polaris Can-Am Honda World:

A Multi-Generational Family Business with Heart


Road Trip to Kaiparowits Plateau


Stop Missing Putts


Shades of Fur: Understanding How a Dog's Coat

Protects Them from the Summer Sun


SUU Offers New Ways to Explore a Meaningful Career in Behavioral Health


Ecological Awareness: A Heartfelt Plea to Safeguard Our Wildlife

9 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 30
table of Contents In Every Issue 12
30 35 39 58 69 86 90 92 94

Why WE Love

St. George Why I LoveMesquite

After growing up in southern Utah and visiting family in St. George, we became accustomed to the many things that St. George offered. After being away for 20-plus years, we had the opportunity to return. We chose St. George because of the classic landmarks, such as Dixie Rock, Zion National Park, and Snow Canyon as well as Nielsen’s Frozen Custard and Larsen’s Frostop. We also loved the beauty of the landscape and the many opportunities to golf, hike, bike, camp, etc. The proximity to good skiing without having the burden of shoveling snow and scraping windows in the morning is a plus! The sunrises and sunsets are beautiful. The color contrast provided by Pine Valley after a snow dusting with the red cliffs below and the city view above is amazing. After living in seven different states, we know that this is one of the prettiest views around. We are grateful to be back and enjoying all that St. George has to offer!

- Kyle and Jennifer Baker

While Mesquite is considered rural, I love it because it has enough amenities, recreational opportunities, and special interest volunteer groups to be outstanding.

I’m a proponent of recreational activities in the desert and the nearby mountains. Most people utilize OHVs (off-highway vehicles with high clearance, special suspensions, and four-wheel drive) to safely access areas where they can view spectacular scenery (rock formations, petroglyphs, mines, and other historical sites). They also can geocache, hike, rock climb, camp, view birds and wildlife, hunt, ride mountain bikes, simply stargaze, etc.

We are so fortunate that retired seniors come from all over this country with a wealth of knowledge and experience that they share as volunteers in various clubs, organizations, churches, and charities. I appreciate all the groups that welcome newcomers. There are several singing and dancing groups, artists sharing their skills, and historians sharing stories of the

origins of Mesquite. There are also opportunities for golf, bowling, swimming, pickleball, tennis, softball, skydiving, and other team and individual sports.

That’s why I’m so high on Mesquite and all the great folks that I enjoy getting to know. Check out the Welcome Center and the City’s Recreation Department for more information on how you can get involved.

- Stan Harger

11 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Embrace the Wild m

Life Lessons from Nevada's Outdoor Adventures

Nevada beckons the adventurous spirit, offering a landscape that ranges from vast deserts to towering mountain ranges. Nevada, often associated with the glittering lights of Las Vegas, has a hidden gem waiting to be explored— its breathtaking outdoor adventures. Beyond the neon glow of the Strip, an untamed wilderness awaits those willing to step outside their comfort zones and embrace the exhilarating world of outdoor exploration.

Scaling New Heights in the Ruby Mountains

For those yearning for a literal high, the Ruby Mountains provide a stunning backdrop for rock climbing enthusiasts. These majestic peaks, also known as the "Alps of Nevada," boast vertical cliffs and challenging rock faces that will put your skills to the test. As you ascend, the panoramic views of alpine lakes and snow-capped peaks unfold, offering a sense of accomplishment that comes with conquering both the physical and mental obstacles in your path.

Reaching the heights of the Ruby Mountains is not about the climb; it's about pushing your limits and realizing that the summit is a metaphor for the personal summits you can achieve in life. Each handhold and foothold becomes a metaphor for overcoming obstacles, teaching you that you can reach heights you never thought possible with determination and focus.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 12
13 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

The Tranquil Beauty of Lake Tahoe: Kayaking and Reflection

If you prefer a more serene adventure, the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe provide a peaceful haven for kayaking and selfreflection. Nestled on the border between Nevada and California, this alpine lake is surrounded by snow-capped peaks, creating a serene environment that inspires a sense of tranquility.

Paddling across the calm waters of Lake Tahoe, you'll be captivated by the mirrorlike reflections of the towering mountains that surround you. The rhythmic sounds of your paddle cutting through the water invite meditation, allowing you to connect with the present moment and gain a deeper understanding of your own inner strength.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 14

A Test of Endurance

Nevada is home to the Great Basin Desert, a vast expanse of arid land that challenges the very notion of survival. This desert is an ideal playground for those seeking a test of endurance and a connection with nature's raw beauty. Lace up your hiking boots and venture into the wilderness, where every step is a testament to resilience and determination.

As you traverse the rugged terrain, you'll witness the subtle dance of the desert flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh conditions with a grace that mirrors the strength required to conquer life's challenges. The ethereal beauty of ancient bristlecone pines, some of the oldest living organisms on Earth, adds a touch of mystique to your journey, reminding you that strength and wisdom often come with time.

15 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Discovering the Great Basin Desert:

Caving Adventures in Lehman Caves

Beneath the surface of Nevada lies another realm of adventure waiting to be explored—the Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park. Embark on a subterranean journey through intricate limestone formations, and discover a world that exists in darkness. As you navigate the underground passages, the play of light and shadow creates a surreal atmosphere, challenging your senses and sparking a sense of wonder.

Caving is not only a physical adventure; it's a metaphor for delving into the depths of your own capabilities. The twists and turns of the cave mimic life's unpredictability, teaching you to adapt and find your way even in the darkest moments. The beauty that lies beneath the surface serves as a reminder that, like the caves, your inner strength and resilience can withstand the test of time.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 16

The Unforgettable Night Sky of Great

Basin National Park

As the sun sets over the rugged landscape, Nevada reveals yet another awe-inspiring feature—its star-studded night sky. Far from the city lights, Great Basin National Park offers a front-row seat for the celestial wonders above. The vastness of the universe becomes palpable as you gaze upon a canvas of twinkling stars, a sight that leaves an indelible mark on your soul.

You'll find a moment of introspection under the celestial dome, surrounded by the silence of the wilderness. The vastness of the universe juxtaposed against the smallness of our individual lives reminds us that every challenge, every triumph is part of a much larger tapestry. Nevada's night sky serves as a cosmic mentor, urging you to dream big, reach for the stars, and embrace the adventure of your own journey.

In conclusion, Nevada's outdoor adventures offer more than just physical challenges; they provide a canvas upon which you can paint the masterpiece of your own personal growth.

Whether you're conquering the desert, scaling towering peaks, paddling serene waters, exploring subterranean realms, or stargazing under the vast night sky, each adventure becomes a metaphor for life's journey. So dare to embrace the wild, step into the unknown, and discover the boundless potential that lies within—for in the heart of Nevada's untamed landscapes, your most incredible adventure awaits.V

Transform your events and inspire your team with Judi Moreo's captivating presentations. Judi doesn't just speak; she delivers no-nonsense, winning solutions tailored to your business or organization. Dive into her signature keynote, "You Are More Than Enough," or choose from various dynamic, content-rich, interactive training programs. Each session is an enjoyable journey with practical skills that promise immediate benefits for your professional relationships and personal growth.

Contact Judi today to book an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on your team and drive your business forward. Call Turning Point International at (702) 283-4567 or email

17 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Camping: How to Travel Light with all the Essentials

Did you know that there has been over a 30% surge in the popularity of camping here in the Southwest? Alongside this growth, there have been significant innovations in camping gear and equipment. Items that were once heavy and cumbersome have now become smaller and lighter without compromising on comfort and functionality. This means that with a few modern upgrades, we can do more with less and save a ton of cargo space in the process. Let's explore some simple tips and suggestions to make your next trip more manageable.

19 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

If you plan to prepare and cook meals outdoors, you'll need a table and a portable stove or grill. There are numerous multi-function options available, such as folding tables with fabric shelving or cubicles that open when unfolded. When pairing this with a tabletop camp stove or flat-top grill, preferably with a locking lid for convenience, it creates a complete outdoor kitchen. Coleman offers some excellent portable options that are easy to use and transport.

When it comes to standard camping gear, a staple must-have is the chair. The traditional quad folding camp chair, packed away in its bag, can feel like hauling around a small upright vacuum cleaner. When you consider that four chairs can quickly occupy a lot of real estate in our vehicles, it becomes clear that alternatives are necessary. Fortunately, there are now many options available, such as comfortable, high-quality compact chairs that fold up to about the size of a one-liter bottle.

We've found chairs from CLIQ products to be particularly spacesaving, as three of them take up less space than just one of the traditional camp chairs. Another space-saving seating option is using folding camp stools that can double as side tables.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 20

Having a campfire each night is essential for a true camping experience. However, in the Southwest, we have more cacti than we do trees, and there are regulations in place that prohibit us from collecting or harvesting wood. This means that if we want a campfire, we must bring it with us, which can use valuable cargo space.

Most people resort to those expensive little shrink-wrapped bundles of wood from the local gas station. It normally takes several bundles to get an hour or so of campfire. They are very messy, and take up an enormous amount of room in our vehicles.

Luckily, we've discovered a natural, real wood campfire alternative from TimberTote, a company known for its sustainable forestry practices. This style of campfire, originating from Finland, has been used for centuries by the military and bush-crafters around the globe. It burns from the inside out, resulting in a longer-lasting fire that's also perfect for cooking.

The TimberTote comes in three styles and takes up a third less space than the shrink-wrapped wood bundles. This makes TimberTote campfires the go-to option for us. I mean, we upgrade our chairs, coolers, phones, and cars. So why not campfires?

21 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Here's one last tip: while today's coolers haven't necessarily gotten smaller, they have become much more effective. Rotomolded coolers, like those from RTIC, can sustain food and ice for five to seven days compared to just two days with cheaper coolers. Another way to extend refrigeration capabilities is to freeze water bottles before placing them in the cooler. They can still be consumed when needed, allowing you to use less ice and save both money and cargo space.

With just a few simple upgrades, we can free up space for more fun outdoor equipment, like an inflatable kayak or paddleboard, climbing gear, or a folding e-bike.V

About Us: On social media, we’re known as “The Rugged Outdoorsmen.” We also run a business of the same name, and we’re “gear testers” for hire. Our mission is to “field test” outdoor gear and gadgets, providing honest feedback to the manufacturer. Oftentimes, we share this information with our social media audience.

We now manage several ongoing partnerships with different brands, including TimberTote, makers of the world's most portable, all-natural campfire logs; M-TAC, which manufactures camping gear and outdoor apparel; Angler’s Coffee, a gourmet coffee brand from the Pacific Northwest; and Torege, makers of polarized sunglasses, to name a few. Testing gear from different brands is not only interesting, but it’s a lot of fun as a family. We enjoy integrating the field testing of different products with our outdoor family adventures.

We invite you to follow along with us as we explore the Southwest. You can find us on Instagram @theruggedoutdoorsmen, on Facebook as The Rugged Outdoorsmen, LLC, and on the web at

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 22

Nestled within the untamed beauty of southern Utah, ROAM Outdoor Adventure Co. stands as the premier destination for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Rated the number one adventure company in Zion and Kanab, ROAM offers an array of unforgettable experiences that showcase the region's stunning landscapes and exhilarating activities.

ROAM's UTV tours are the stuff of legend, taking adventurers on a pulse-pounding journey through Kanab and East Zion’s most spectacular terrain to iconic destinations such as Peekaboo Slot Canyon and The Great Chamber. ROAM also serves as the exclusive adventure partner at The Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, where visitors can embark on adrenaline-fueled UTV adventures floating across the impressive dunes or rappelling off the Coral Cliffs. To round out an impressive itinerary for even the most discerning guest, visitors can also enjoy an iconic Sunset UTV S’mores and Stars tour.


Interested in something more unique? ROAM's Via Ferrata courses are must-try experiences. As the only adventure company in the region to offer this exhilarating activity, ROAM provides thrill-seekers with the opportunity to scale towering cliffs and traverse rugged terrain while safely secured to fixed anchors and steel cables before rappelling to get back down.

And finally, for those who crave adventure mixed with the hidden beauty of Utah, ROAM offers guided slot canyon rappelling expeditions that take participants deep into the heart of southern Utah's most iconic slot canyons. Descending into these narrow passageways, adventurers will encounter towering sandstone walls sculpted by millennia of wind and water erosion. With expert guidance and top-of-the-line equipment, participants can safely navigate these otherworldly landscapes, uncovering the secrets that lie hidden within the canyon walls.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 26

For those seeking a more leisurely adventure, ROAM's guided horseback rides offer a serene escape through a private canyon in the heart of Kanab. Picture lush surroundings, lakes, caves, and impressive 200-foottall sandstone walls—it's sure to be a highlight of your trip!

27 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Perhaps you’ve heard of the iconic hike to The Wave? Well, ROAM’s got you covered. With guided day trips to The Wave and White Pocket, we provide a once-in-alifetime opportunity to explore some of the hard-to-reach destinations with peace of mind. With exclusive access to these remote and awe-inspiring locations, ROAM ensures that adventurers can experience the true beauty of the desert landscape without the crowds.

So whether you're feeding the adrenaline junkie or the nature enthusiast inside, you choose how you ROAM!V

Come ROAM with us at any of our locations in Kanab, East Zion, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, and Escalante, Utah. | (855) 635-9100

Follow our Instagram @roam.outdoor.adventures.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 28

HTENNIS TNT tips-n-tricks

ow many times have you heard “Get your racquet back,” or “Get back to the ready position”? These are the words any tennis teacher or pro will say over and over again, but they are so important. Without early preparation, your shot will be late and will probably be weak. Being ready for the next shot is just as important. Most of the time, if you hit the ball, it is coming back at you. It is the easiest path for your opponent to use. So as your opponent strikes the ball, use early preparation to make your shot the best. Then you must recover quickly, getting into the ready position—racquet up and hands in front so you can react to the next shot.

When a lob comes at you, the overhead is one of the best examples of early preparation. So keep it simple—hands up like you are ready to serve with your right leg back. Use your left hand to track the ball, and your head must stay up until the ball is hit. A drop of your head will drive the ball into the net. If you are left-handed, reverse the instructions. Follow through across your body to finish the shot. Do you want to hit an inside-out overhead? Be sure to hit the ball toward the right side of your body instead of the left. Always try to angle this shot so that the ball will bounce off the court away from your opponent. Of course, you need to then get back to the ready position quickly!

A rapid volley exchange is another example of the need for early preparation and getting into the ready position quickly. The closer you get to the net, the less you need to take the racquet back. So by the time you are doing a volley, it is a

straightforward punch with a quick recovery to ready. So an easy tip is to keep your elbows close to the hips with the hands in front at all times. This way, you will be able to see your racquet and hands while striking the ball in front of you. Again, the ball will usually come back at you, so be ready!

To make early preparation and recovery easy, we must work on footwork. As stated earlier, an overhead requires a quick step back, hands up, and movement to track the ball with a follow-through to make it a successful shot. So the timing is “and a one-two-three.” While a volley is even faster, it requires a punch and recovery. So the timing is a simple “a one-two.” However, the footwork must go with it. Overhead footwork was noted above. The volley’s quick footwork is a “baby” step to the left for a forehand and a “baby” step to the right for a backhand. Of course, it is the opposite for left-handed players. Both should occur as you punch or hit the ball for the strongest volley. The best way to practice this footwork is in front of a mirror. Go as fast as you can from forehand to backhand, and then lob at least ten times.

Watch for patterns to win! While enjoying any of the current televised tournaments, take the time to see the winning patterns that the pro players are using. One that is often used is making three shots in a corner and then a drop shot to the opposite side of the court. While playing an opponent, look for the shots they love and the ones they do not like. To win, try to hit the ones they do not like.

See you on the courts!V

29 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
29 / |

Retirement Planning for the Active Lifestyle

Retirement is a time to embrace newfound freedom and pursue passions that may have been put on hold during the working years. For many, this means embracing an active lifestyle filled with outdoor adventures. However, to make the most of these golden years, careful financial planning is essential. Here are some key considerations for retirees looking to fund their outdoor adventures while safeguarding their financial future.

Health and Travel Insurance: Health insurance is a crucial consideration for retirees, especially those who lead an active lifestyle. Adequate coverage can help protect against unexpected medical expenses that can arise during outdoor adventures. Additionally, travel insurance can provide financial protection in case of trip cancellations or emergencies while traveling. While we are on the topic of

insurance, make sure any “toys” you use to enjoy the active lifestyle are properly insured with adequate coverage. When was the last time you reviewed your insurance policies with your insurance agent?

Managing Retirement Accounts: Retirees should carefully manage their retirement accounts to ensure they have enough funds to support their lifestyle. This includes regularly reviewing investment portfolios and adjusting them as needed to mitigate risks and maximize returns. Consulting with their financial advisor can help retirees make informed decisions about their retirement accounts.

Exploring Cost-Effective Adventures: Not all outdoor adventures have to break the bank. Retirees can explore costeffective options, such as local hiking trails or camping trips,

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 30
Nathan Hughes
view on FINANCE

to satisfy their craving for adventure without overspending. Additionally, many outdoor organizations offer discounts for seniors, making it easier to enjoy activities on a budget.

Business Succession Planning: For business owners, appropriate business succession planning is essential for transitioning from day-to-day operations to enjoying an active retirement that may take them away from the office for weeks at a time. By identifying and preparing successors, implementing a transition plan, and ensuring the business is financially stable post-transition, business owners can confidently step away knowing it is in good hands.

For those who reside in the St. George or Mesquite areas, there are plenty of outdoor activities that can be enjoyed year-round—from swinging a club at the golf course or adding

more miles to the side-by-side odometer to hiking Angels Landing in Zions National Park and exploring the beautiful desert landscape. By budgeting effectively, investing wisely, and exploring cost-effective adventures, retirees can enjoy a satisfying retirement filled with outdoor adventures while safeguarding their financial future.V

Nathan Hughes is a native of Mesquite, Nevada. He is licensed and serves clients as a financial advisor at Coeur Private Wealth Management of Raymond James. To contact Nathan, call (208) 277-9239, email him at, or visit the firm’s website at The firm is located at 2100 Northwest Blvd #260, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 83814.

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., member NYSE/SIPC

31 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

A Desert Oasis

Amidst the arid expanse of the desert where the sun rays beat down tirelessly lies an oasis of tranquility and rejuvenation: Aravada Springs Campground. The property is ideally located within a short driving distance of Las Vegas, Mesquite, and St. George. As the only campground in the Gold Butte and Grand Canyon Parashant National Monuments, Aravada Springs invites adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and weary travelers to immerse themselves in the serene beauty of the desert landscape.

Nestled amidst towering plateaus and rugged rock formations, Aravada Springs boasts a unique allure that sets it apart from other camping destinations. The campground is a celebration of not just a physical space but is a sanctuary where visitors can unwind, reconnect with nature, and forge cherished memories with loved ones.

One of the most enticing aspects of Aravada Springs is its natural springs, which gush forth with crystal-clear water, offering a cool respite from the relentless desert heat. The springs serve as the heart of the campground, drawing guests together in a shared appreciation for the wonders of nature. These features create the perfect space for groups to gather during the summer months.

In addition to its rejuvenating waters, Aravada Springs features a diverse array of recreational activities to suit every taste. Because Aravada is known to be 10 to 15% cooler than Las Vegas or Mesquite, adventurous souls can embark on exhilarating hikes through the surrounding desert terrain, discovering hidden canyons, ancient petroglyphs, and breathtaking vistas among hundreds of miles of ATV trails. For those seeking a more leisurely experience, the campground offers shaded picnic areas where families can gather for meals, share stories, and stargaze under the desert sky.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 32

For those who may have visited the campground in the past, there are many new additions that will make your stay even more enjoyable. We now offer new log cabins with swamp coolers, brand new bathrooms, and shower facilities for the tired traveler, and authentically-designed teepees provide an immersive experience for those looking to connect with the wilderness and the historical roots of camping.

The new buildings and facilities make an ideal retreat for youth groups, family reunions, weddings, and retreats. Groups have enjoyed the new disc golf course, firepits, horseshoes, and open areas for gathering. Situated above the pond is an amphitheater perfect for firesides as you gaze out over the vast expanse of the desert.

Aravada’s new fully-stocked general store is open to the public, allowing ATV and trail riders to extend their adventures by restocking with cold drinks and snacks. In addition, the new facilities provide a way to freshen up after a long fun day of desert exploration. Day passes are available for a small fee.

33 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

In an age dominated by technology and artificial distractions, the campground serves as a sanctuary where visitors can unplug, unwind, and rediscover the simple joys of life. Visitors are greeted not only by the promise of cool waters and outdoor adventure but by the profound sense of peace and serenity that can only be found in nature. Aravada Springs stands as a reminder of the enduring power of the natural world to heal, inspire, and uplift the human spirit.V

Explore our desert oasis at a discounted price this summer. When you book for July and August of 2024, get 35% off your stay! Use booking code OutdoorAdventure35.

Aravada Springs is a family-owned and operated campground that has been in the family since 1910. We preserve and restore historic buildings in order to share the unique history of this beautiful desert. To learn more about the history of Aravada Springs, visit www.aravada. com. To book a reservation or group experience, call (801) 431-4950.

Welcome to your new desert oasis camping experience!

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 34

OTheutdoor Spirit

President Bill Clinton established “Great Outdoors Week” in 1998. By 2014, all 50 states, Washington D.C., and five territories had proclaimed June as Great Outdoors Month. Each year, the U.S. Forest Service, the National Park Service, and public, private, and nonprofit groups across the nation promote recreational activities in June that bring health, social, and economic benefits.


Stephen T. Mather (1867–1930) is at the top of the list of individuals who supported the outdoors. President Woodrow Wilson appointed Mather as the first director of the National Park Service in 1917. An avid hiker, mountaineer, and millionaire through his business dealings with Thorkildsen-Mather Borax Company, Mather devoted his life to preserving and protecting natural landscapes.

Suffering from bouts of depression, Mather would retreat to wilderness areas to rejuvenate and spiritually recharge. He recognized magnificent scenery and encouraged preservation through grassroots efforts. The Mather plaque located in every national park and on every national monument enshrines his legacy. Each plaque declares, “He laid the foundation of the National Park Service, defining and establishing the policies under which its areas shall be developed and conserved, unimpaired for future generations. There will never come an end to the good he has done . . ."

35 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
view on OUTDOORS
1915 Dedication of Rocky Mountain National Park: Mather and others | Credit NPS Historic Collections Stephen T. Mather | Photo Credit: Marian Albright Schenk

Championing the outdoors today, the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR, posts activities that include the National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day, American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day, National Fishing and Boating Week, National Get Outdoors Day, National Marina Days, National Wildlife Foundation’s Great American Campout, and more.


The ORR with the U.S. Forest Service established the second Saturday in June (June 8, 2024) as National Get Outdoors Day. The National Park Service offers free park entry on June 19 for the Juneteenth National Independence Day, August 4, 2024, to celebrate the Anniversary of the Great American Outdoor Act, and September 28, 2024, for National Public Lands Day.

The American Hiking Society ( with the National Park Service recognizes the first Saturday in June as National Trails Day. Events promote hiking, mountain biking, and birdwatching. Their 2018 impact report included 1,203 events across 50 states with 3,954 miles of trails improved, 108,947 participants, and 24,192 volunteers.

The Find Your Park ( program was started by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation in 2016 to increase public awareness and celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service. The program offers a website that guides visitors to activities and parks based on their preferences.


Service projects are scheduled throughout the year, often coinciding with Great Outdoors Month. In 2023, the National Public Lands Day (NPLD) held over 600 community events to improve public lands nationwide with over 40,000 volunteers. That year, they removed more than 192,000 square feet of invasive species, planted over 12,000 native plants, collected over 185,000 pounds of trash, worked on 253 public facilities, and maintained over 21,000 miles of trails and rivers.

Additionally, in 1990, the congressionally chartered 501(c)(3) non-profit National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) began connecting people to public lands through education, conservation, and work projects. Volunteers can join the largest single-day work effort for public lands on September 28, 2024, at or

State and community parks also organize service projects. The Friends of Snow Canyon organization, affiliated with Snow Canyon State Park in Ivins, Utah (https://friendsofsnowcanyon. org/), provides funding and volunteers for projects throughout the year to remove invasive plants and improve trails. The Canyonlands Field Institute, a non-profit associated with Canyonlands National Park (, organizes volunteer work activities, adult and family educational adventures, and summer camps. These service day projects inspire people to get outside, contribute to preserving natural spaces, and reduce the maintenance backlog on public lands and parks.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 36
Above: Ranger with kids on Junior Ranger hike | NPS Photo by Tom Bean Below: Friends of Snow Canyon cleanup project | Photo Credit Karen L. Monsen


In 2020, the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) created a Legacy Restoration Fund (LRF) and funded it for five years. The U.S. Forest Service, which oversees more than 375,000 miles of roads, 6,600 bridges, 163,00 miles of trails, 460 dams and reservoirs, and 30,000 recreation sites, receives 15 percent of the LRF to address deferred maintenance projects.

As of August 2023, the Intermountain Region, consisting of 12 national forests in Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada, received $78 million in GAOA funding and completed 27 projects and has an additional 52 projects underway and 54 planned. According to USDA online documentation, “The Intermountain Region offers diverse recreational opportunities that attract roughly 25 million visitors to its 34 million acres each year for camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, biking, off-road vehicle use, boating, and more.”

Mather knew that federal funds would be insufficient to purchase and maintain resources that could provide everyone access to the inspiring natural landscapes that healed his body and spirit. Today, individuals and families have many opportunities to get outdoors, hike, meditate, recreate, and join communities, businesses, and grassroots work projects to preserve recreational sites, parks, and wilderness areas.

In 1915, working to “Save the Sequoias,” Mather assembled a group of wealthy easterners and influencers, including the president of the National Geographic Society, to camp with him in the High Sierras. Mather’s closing plea to the camping group resonates today: “To each of you, to all of you, remember that God has given us these beautiful lands. Try to save them for, and share them with, future generations. Go out and spread the gospel!”V

37 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Snow Canyon in bloom | Photo Credit Don Hite
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 38

Get Outside and Get Some Sun!

Hello again, readers!

This edition is all about outdoor adventures. As you’re probably discovering from some of the articles written in this issue, we are so lucky to have a lot of amazing opportunities for outdoor adventures here in Mesquite and in the communities surrounding us.

In terms of fitness, I think we often forget that many of our normal fitness activities can be done outdoors for an even bigger impact on our overall health.

For example, I always see lots of folks in the gym riding upright bikes for cardio and lots of folks walking on an inclined treadmill for the same reason. But how about taking those cardio endeavors out of doors for a little sun and fun? Hiking is a great way to burn calories, and we have some really awesome paths and trails surrounding us for both walking and hiking or even a nice leisurely bike ride. Using skills you’ve already developed at the gym, you can adapt for an outdoor workout with no problem.

Or how about that stair climber machine? I always see folks using that, but did you know there are several of our local parks and even some neighborhoods with nice little hills and stair sets that you could use for the same great burn?

And many times, we forget that bodyweight exercises can be some of the most safe and simple exercises for a great workout. Have you ever tried some bench pushups or squats? The only equipment needed for those is a nice sturdy park bench, and we have loads of those around our beautiful little valley.

Let’s also not forget about all of the great facilities for swimming, which is by far and away one of the absolute best full body workouts available indoors or out. Now that summer is upon us, maybe try checking out that HOA pool you never use, or stop by the recreation center for a quick lap or two.

We are so blessed to have many opportunities to increase our health in some of the most beautiful scenery one could possibly imagine. And sometimes, just doing what we would normally be doing inside while we’re out in the fresh air, in that brilliant sunshine, or under those incredibly clear skies can shift not only our physical wellbeing but also our mindset.

39 view on FITNESS May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

A little extra vitamin D can go a long way for our bodies, and we’re all probably aware the sun helps us to produce that. But did you know it also helps increase our serotonin levels, which greatly affect our mood? Or that sun exposure also helps the body to better absorb certain minerals, like calcium? Or that it can boost immune strength?

Just remember that you don’t have to try too hard to make an outdoor workout work for you. Like the simple things mentioned above, you can do things outside that you may already be doing inside. But that small change of location can immensely increase the health benefits.

If you’re not doing any of these already, maybe pick one activity you’d like to try, and use it to explore this beautiful place we call home while doing so.

And as always, remember to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and most of all, have fun in your pursuit of health!V

Here's an example of a quick outdoor circuit to get you feeling that full-body burn:

Find yourself a stair set (or hill), and at your own pace, climb up and down for 2-5 minutes, then stop and do 10 air squats. If a sturdy bench or boulder is handy, do 10 bench (incline) pushups. Repeat this circuit 3-4 times with a 2-3 minute rest period between sets. You can also add more or fewer exercises as tolerated.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 40

It's Not Too Late to for a Taste of Nostalgia

Vonda’s Café was built in the Late 1930s in Mesquite, Nevada. The original owners were Joe and Vonda Wilson. Owned and operated by Joe and Vonda till 1970, Vonda’s Café was open 24/7 and employed my grandmother, Clareen Reber, and her sister, Verna Reber. Both worked there prior to World War II. Vonda’s was also the home of the first slot machine in the city and was known as the first establishment to use neon in Mesquite. Their neon clock became known as the curfew clock. Back in the day, anyone passing by could see if they were late for work or curfew!

The café was then purchased by Lorena Lee and Jessie Lee in 1970. After Lorena passed away, the new owner who took her place was Bill Lee, Jessie’s husband. They continued to own and operate the café till 1985.

The Legacy Begins

In 1985, my parents, Don and Susan Edwards, decided that they would buy a restaurant in Mesquite. Everything changed. We moved from Las Vegas back to my mom's hometown of Mesquite! Mom and Dad had three children, Greg (who was 15), Danelle (I was 12), and Kristi (who was 18 months). But buying the restaurant from Bill and Jessie made it a nice transition for my mom. They taught her all the tricks of the trade before stepping down. Figuring that since Vonda’s Café had survived the test of time, it was going to be worth uprooting the family lock, stock, and barrel.

41 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Mom and I really enjoyed the restaurant more than all the others did! We loved the business and the people! They will always be close to our hearts. As time passed, we became more and more of a landmark. We were known for our pies, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and our biscuits and gravy. We were very active business owners in our community; we made charitable donations and were involved with scholarships, the local blood drive, the annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall, and Mesquite Days—all while owning and operating the local coffee shop.

It was always a sight to see all the pickup trucks lined up on the boulevard in front of the café at 5:30 a.m. waiting for the doors to open to get their first cup of coffee. We loved the business and the people. The café had become our heart! We were successful because people could feel that. We were reliable and consistent in everything we did!

After 20 years, my parents were tired, and they decided to put her up for sale. That was not a decision they took lightly. We sold the café in 2005, and we all carried on with our lives just doing separate things. Mom and Dad even went on the drag race circuit and catered pit side. It was an awesome experience for them!

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 42
Photo credit: @johannacapitolino Photo credit: @dfacemyer Photo credit: @kincrash Photo credit: @southern.utah.wannabe.foodie

The Legacy Continues

Three years passed, and my dad ended up having a massive heart attack—four bypasses—and was forced to retire.

Because my parents had purchased property in Duck Creek Village in 1974 and built a cabin there to retire in, that’s where Dad headed! This left Mom working in Mesquite until she could get moved. So for all the rest of us, this meant searching for work in Duck Creek. It was a pretty close-knit community, so trying to get a foot in the door up there was quite hard. But we knew we wanted to be together, so the search continued!

As my mom puts it, it was all my fault that we opened another restaurant. As we continued looking, nobody was hiring, but I found a building for sale in the heart of Duck Creek Village. In all my knowledge, I said, “Let’s talk to them about leasing the old building and turning it into the business we all know and love!” The owners finally agreed to let us lease it, so then the search began for equipment. The building had been a restaurant for many years, and inside was a hood and a three-compartment sink. We had our hands full finding restaurant equipment. Word of mouth told us that the people who had purchased the Chalet from us in Mesquite still had all of the original equipment and furniture. So I was on it and bought the whole lot back for $6,000. We were right at home again!

We had lots to do to get all the licenses and repairs done in time to open, but we did it; yet we still didn’t have a name. My mom’s (favorite) nephew came in to do the walls, and he said “It has to be called ‘Aunt Sue’s Chalet,’” and so it was. We leased on August 1 and opened for business on September 28th, 2008. And another story began!

Originally, the restaurant was at lot 63. There stood the cutest little building. We are talking from 1968. The first restaurant

in the Village was The Thunder Inn, owned and operated by Ralph and Ruth Web. They were amazing people. As a child, we ate with them and snowmobiled with them, and I will always remember them with fondness in my heart. That was about the time we were building our cabin in 1980. As time passed, the Webs sold it, and it became Rita’s. In the Village, there was eventually a bar, a pizza place, an antique shop, and finally in 2008, Aunt Sue’s Chalet, owned and operated by Susan Edwards and Danelle French with a current address of 725 East Movie Ranch Road.

In 2015, things could have changed dramatically. Mom was diagnosed with a brain tumor and was scheduled for surgery. Not knowing what the outcome was going to be, Mom put everything into my name, and I became the new Aunt Sue. Luckily for us, my mom’s surgery was successful; everything was removed and non-cancerous. Business went on as usual.

We are still known and remembered for our pies, cinnamon rolls, banana bread, and biscuits and gravy. We still donate all we can to the community and the surrounding areas. Our local customers from Mesquite still frequent and patronize us as much as they can. I would love to say that Aunt Sue’s is a staple of the community, a household name. I don’t know if that is true, but the Chalet is our whole life, heart, and soul. I am so blessed to say that I still have both my parents to share everything with. If it weren’t for moving my entire family, we wouldn’t be able to do all that we do! Four generations are currently working with us. “Aunt Sue” still works for me every day; she is simply amazing! She is the heart of our crazy family!V

Visit us to enjoy a slice of pie, banana bread, and a little taste of nostalgia at 725 East Movie Ranch Road located in Duck Creek Village, Utah.

43 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Photo credit: @carlo.zanetto | Instagram

Yonder Escalante, a 20-acre boutique hotel located within southern Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, is pleased to announce a significant rebrand and a new name—Ofland Escalante. The name change, which took effect when it reopened for the 2024 season on March 13, reflects the hotel’s commitment to providing the same authentic outdoor-oriented hospitality guests have come to love while embracing a new identity that resonates with its unique, nature-based ethos.

The hospitality group, whose first property in Escalante has been named among Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards and has been included in the Sunset Travel Awards and others, will launch future properties under the name of Ofland Hotels.

“Ofland represents a pivotal moment in the evolution of our hotels. Guests can expect the same warm service, wellappointed accommodations, access to breathtaking nature, and endless adventures that have made Yonder Escalante a cherished destination,” says Charles Tate, Chairman and Co-

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 44
Submitted by Ofland Escalante | Photo credits: Kim + Nash Finley

Owner of Ofland Hotels. “This rebrand will allow us to continue offering the same exceptional outdoor-oriented hospitality experience while bringing our values and commitment to the land to the forefront as we continue to expand to new locations and build momentum for Ofland in Escalante.”


Ofland Escalante, which takes its name from the words “of the land,” is located in the heart of southern Utah with proximity to Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. This outdoor-

oriented hotel has become a haven for adventurers, nature enthusiasts, and those seeking solace in the beauty of the land—particularly those wanting to avoid crowds.

Ofland Escalante—originally opened as Yonder Escalante in 2021—brings modern lodging, genuine hospitality, thoughtful amenities, and authentic experiences to one of the most stunning destinations in the American West.

45 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

This past season, the hotel launched its new deluxe cabins, offering guests a more spacious and family-friendly lodging option with private ensuite bathrooms and outdoor showers—plus personal fire pits and private parking. In 2024, Ofland Escalante will launch 10 additional deluxe cabins, bringing the property’s total accommodation offerings to 52 rooms. This includes 20 deluxe cabins, 22 custom-designed cabins, and 10 vintage renovated Airstreams—all of which include private fire pits and access to the property’s common areas and distinctive amenities.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 46
47 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


The management team, committed staff, amenities, and overall guest experience will remain the same as the brand transitions to Ofland Escalante. Guests can continue to enjoy the onsite amenities and food and beverage program they have come to know and love, including the outdoor lodge, general store, pool and hot tub, outdoor movie theater, and food truck. Built on the grounds of the former Escalante drive-in movie theater, the property pays homage to its past. The drive-in features movies seven nights a week and is equipped with a concession stand and nine stationary restored classic cars.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 48

The Lodge is an open-air gathering place featuring comfortable seating, communal fire pits, and complimentary daily breakfast snacks and drinks.

Ofland Escalante’s General Store will continue to offer sweet and savory snacks, grab-and-go picnic items, pre-packaged meal kits, custom cocktail kits, and a curated selection of local wine and beer. The meal kits are the perfect culinary accompaniment to a day in the desert and include a selection of pre-seasoned protein, vegetable sides, s’mores for dessert, and cooking and dining utensils for easy preparation at private fire pits. The on-site food truck serves up a variety of delicious and convenient options, including daily breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. and heartier dinner options served daily from 5 to 9 p.m.

49 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 50

Unique Ofland Escalante programming, events, and activities are planned and announced seasonally, while guests have access to multiple experiences nearby in the Grand Staircase for varying interests and adventure levels. Highlights include hiking the mysterious slot canyons or Upper Calf Creek, fourwheeling along Hole-in-the-Rock Road, driving the scenic route to Boulder, Utah, horseback riding along the alpine forests and red rock hoodoos of Bryce Canyon, and water activities like boating, canoeing, and fishing at Wide Hollow Reservoir within the Escalante Petrified Forest. Ofland Escalante’s backyard is the perfect hiking and exploration spot—experience its sprawling wilderness with abundant petrified wood, septarian nodules, Native American history, nearly every color of sandstone, and views of the surrounding cliffs and magical hoodoos.

Guests can relax, connect, or enjoy a meal overlooking the stunning desert backdrop. Nearby, the 40-by-30-foot lounge pool and 30-by-10-foot jetted hot tub offer the ultimate place for relaxation after a day of exploring.V

Ofland Escalante is located at 2020 West UT-12, Escalante, Utah 84726. UT-12 itself is one of only 32 All-American Roads in the United States. Reservations are now available for the full 2024 season online at Follow along on Instagram @oflandhotels!


Ofland Escalante is a 52-room, 20-acre boutique hotel in southern Utah located in the majestic Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument near Bryce Canyon National Park. Rooted in the spirit and time-honored tradition of the American road trip, Ofland Escalante connects travelers to the nostalgia of our past, bestows an appreciation for the present day, and offers a bright outlook for the future. The outdoor-oriented hotel opened in 2021 and reimagines the modern hospitality experience for today’s traveler who values authenticity, reconnecting with nature, modern design, exploration, genuine service, and well-appointed accommodations amid beautiful natural environments.

51 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Cabin Springs Rock Cabin

In this tri-state region we call home, there's a wealth of lesser-known hidden gems and points of interest, each with fascinating stories from the past. That's part of why I penned All Around Mesquite: History, Trails, & Destinations. Filled with photographs, graphics, and useful checklists, the book serves as both a guide and historical catalog to this captivating slice of the world.

For instance, take the Cabin Springs Rock Cabin. It's a relatively unknown stop just outside Aravada Springs near the Arizona

state line and the southern Virgin Mountains. I drove by this place numerous times before deciding to explore the spur trail. Even when you make the stop, it's difficult to see the rock house on the distant hillside.

Likely, a couple of early 20th-century prospectors inhabited this area in search of mineral wealth. Who were these prospectors, and what drew them to this remote location? It’s easy to ponder these questions. While Mesquite may be overlooked by many, the enduring legacy of those who sought their fortunes in these hills remains.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 54

Cabin Springs, situated at the south end of the Virgin Mountains in Gold Butte National Monument, offers a glimpse into the endeavors of the past. It's fascinating to note that the spring, now dry, was located below this makeshift cabin, making water retrieval a challenging task and the cabin location questionable. Nearby prospects appear to have yielded little, adding to the mystery of the site and its abandonment.

Constructed from stacked stones without mortar, the cabin's roofless structure suggests that residents may have improvised with a canvas tarp for shelter. The site is filled with rusted supplies of various types: cans, tool remnants, and even part of what could be an old stove. What initially appears to be trash provides valuable insight into the site's history.

The area’s breathtaking views down the canyon, framed by pinyon pines and junipers along the mountainside, only add to its allure in what we call God’s country. There’s even a small mass of Joshua trees. The beautifully grown desert environment with the man-made rock structures and cans make for a very unique contrast.

For me, spending time at Cabin Spring Rock Cabin prompts contemplation of the individuals who once called this place home and toiled diligently before disappearing into obscurity. Getting to the trailhead is an adventure in itself.

55 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 56

Technically located in the Gold Butte National Monument at the northeast end of Lake Mead, the trailhead is approximately 2.5 hours northeast of Las Vegas. From Mesquite, navigate to Bunkerville and head on out to Gold Butte National Monument. Then take Whitney Pass Road into the mountains. Continue for about 3.4 miles east until you reach Cabin Spring Canyon Road, turn left onto the steep road, and drive approximately 250 yards to the small trailhead on the right.

Hikers can choose between two routes to reach the cabin. The Old Road Route, starting at the lower trailhead, offers scenic views of Cabin Canyon Wash. Although the old road is washed out in some places, it's relatively easy to follow as it winds through the landscape. Stone walls along the route provide stability, eventually leading hikers to the open basin where the cabin stands. Alternatively, the Steep Hillsides route, while shorter, is not typically recommended due to its steep terrain. Hikers can access this route from the end of Cabin Canyon Road, descending into the canyon before making a steep climb up the loose hillside to reach the cabin.

Before setting out on the hike, it's crucial to heed the warnings associated with desert hiking. While the hike itself is moderately safe, the remote location means help may be far away in case

of an emergency. Additionally, this wild and remote area lacks services, so hikers must come prepared with ample supplies and be self-reliant.

As you embark on your adventure, please remember to respect the land and your fellow hikers; leave no trace of your passage behind. Help preserve the past. Do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts. Leave rocks, plants, and other natural objects as you find them. Avoid introducing or transporting nonnative species. Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

And don't forget to pack the essentials for a safe and enjoyable journey. This is the desert, so always bring plenty of water; we cannot stress that enough.

For those eager to uncover more off-the-grid locales, All Around Mesquite, Nevada: History, Trails, & Destinations is your ultimate companion. Available at select local retailers in Mesquite or as a best seller on Amazon, this guide includes a unique personal testimony and is perfect for explorers, hikers, UTV enthusiasts, and anyone intrigued by the charm of Mesquite and its surrounding landscapes. Delve into the pioneering roots, geological wonders, and rich history that make our home here in the Southwest so truly special.V

57 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | Beaverwood Course Throw

Polaris Can-Am Honda World:

A Multi-Generational Family Business With Heart

The legacy of Mesquite OHV store Polaris Can-Am Honda World didn’t begin in the beautiful town the owners now call home; it began in Salt Lake City, where Ron Perry opened his first off-road vehicle dealership in 1971. Growing up in Salt Lake, Ron’s daughter, Tiffany, first met her husband, Josh Wilson, in high school. Over three decades later, Tiffany, Josh, Ron, and his wife, Linda, made the gutsy move to Maui around 2004 to open another OHV dealership. Their store on Maui thrived—until the recession hit in the late 2000s—so they sold the business. Mesquite had left a favorable impression on Ron when he had previously visited the city, and they all decided to move to the small Nevada town to start over. In 2012, the company that would become Polaris Can-Am Honda World was born. Starting by selling only Polaris brand vehicles, the family added Can-Am and Honda products over the years. “It’s so fun because the innovation of off-road products has come so far,” says Josh. “OHVs are so luxurious compared to what we had back in the day in terms of the suspension and ride.”

Though they still offer advice and visit the store regularly, Ron and Linda are semi-retired, and Josh Wilson is now the general manager of PCH while Tiffany helps where she is needed. A Mesquite landmark, the store has over 30 on-site employees,

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 58
view on BUSINESS

some of whom came from Maui. “Most of our team has been there for at least ten years,” Josh remarks. “Nobody leaves. We’re a family.” The Wilson’s daughter also works for PHC, creating monthly videos documenting what Josh calls their “goofy shenanigans” for their fledgling YouTube channel.

In addition to a low-price guarantee, PCH customers enjoy discounted labor for life from the service department. The store offers a selection of the top brands in the industry and even provides a test track so patrons can try a vehicle before they purchase it. Customers can leave with their vehicles the same day they walk into the store. “We’re hoping to really educate new riders and be there to assist people that know what they’re looking for,” Tiffany says enthusiastically.

But superior customer service and decades of experience in the business are only part of what sets PCH apart. “Our team cares about our customers and the community. We're not just going to sell you a product and say goodbye. We want you to be part of our PCH family,” Tiffany explains. When a customer finds their new dream vehicle at PCH, with music and fanfare, they are congratulated by each employee as they leave the store. “It’s a big send-off,” Josh says with a smile. Staying in touch with customers and being involved in the community is very important to the Wilsons.

One way they stay connected is through their annual free customer Off-Road Extravaganza. On April 7, customers enjoyed a hearty breakfast and were then off on their OHVs for a poker

59 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

fun ride ending at Beaver Dam Lodge. Participants made five stops along the way, and at each stop, they chose a face card to take. The five winners had the best poker hands at the end. The first-place contestant took home a PCH gift card for $500, the second place received a $400 gift card, and so on. Another way the Wilsons connect with their customers and their town is through their monthly newsletter and their new monthly videos.

When Josh isn’t helping customers, he creates innovations in aquaponics farming, manages trail passing organizations, and is also an amateur filmmaker. He wrote and directed his new feature film, a ten-year labor of love called American Nobody, which is a coming-of-age drama available on iTunes and other platforms. When Tiffany isn’t at the store, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two children, whom she and Josh raised together. “There isn’t a person who makes me laugh more than Josh,” Tiffany chuckles. “He’s a lot of fun to be around.”

The Wilsons count themselves lucky to be in Mesquite. “We’re here for the community. We love our people here. The fabric of our community is amazing,” says Tiffany. “It’s a small-town dream,” Josh adds.V

Get information about upcoming events or sign up for PCH’s newsletter on their website, https://www.polariscanamworld. com/. They are located at 991 Hillside Drive, Mesquite, Nevada, and can be reached at (702) 346-5429.

Editors note: We have recently had the pleasure of working with them! We love our new side-by-side.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 60

I Swear

It Was This Big!

Growing up in southern Utah, spring was always one of my favorite times of the year. The weather becomes perfect, the flowers start to bloom, and the grass becomes a dark, shiny green. The thing I loved the most was when the fishing around here started getting good. I have fond memories of fishing at all the local lakes and reservoirs. There is a great diversity of species and fisheries here in southern Utah.

I will share a couple of experiences.

Pine Valley has always been a favorite for rainbow trout and had the coolest weather close to home. I will never forget fishing there one spring day in 2002. I had just turned 19 and was fishing there with my father, Mike, and my youngest brother, Steve. Dad and I were really reeling them in. The state had just planted fish, and we were having a catching contest. I was trying to show the old man my skills, and we were neck and neck. I was at nine fat planter rainbows, and Dad was at eight.

He and I were pretty competitive at this point, and fun banter was flowing like the river running out of the lake. Steve, at the time, was nine years old. He had not

caught one fish. I hoped that somehow he could catch something. All of a sudden, Dad's pole started to move like a hot potato. Steve looked up and said, “Dad, can I reel in that fish?” Dad looked down at Steve with his puppy dog eyes and said, “NO! Get your own fish!” I about fell over. I started laughing so hard I couldn't catch any more fish and eventually lost the contest that day. What a great memory to make in the outdoors.

Another favorite reservoir to fish is Quail Creek. The best part about Quail Creek is that you can catch rainbow trout, bluegill, and largemouth bass in the same place. My other brother, Kevin, prides himself in saying he caught a 230-pound sucker fish at Quail one day. He always swears it was “THIS BIG!” I will give you my best version of this fish tale:

61 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

One spring day, we went as a family to fish at Quail. We pulled the boat into the upper cove so some of us could fish for bass and others could fish for trout. I was in the front of the boat with Steve, and we were catching rainbow trout left and right. My mother was in the driver's seat reading her book while Kevin, Dad, and another brother, Shelton, fished the back of the boat for largemouth bass.

I can remember Kevin flinging that big lure all over the boat trying to cast as far as he could to catch the biggest bass. Out of nowhere, we hear Dad yelling at Kevin. I couldn't really understand what he was saying because I was too busy catching fish. Then Dad asked me to come cut this lure out of his ear! I turned around and saw Kevin's big brown rubber lure hanging from the top of Dad's right ear!

As I went to help him, my pole moved. I stopped heading his way and told him, “Hold on, I need to reel in this fish!” After I reeled in the fish and showed everyone on the boat what a nice fat rainbow it was, I got back to the task at hand. I cut the hook and tried to push it all the way through his ear, but I could not get it to budge. After trying for about 20 minutes, we finally decided to take him back to the dock to go to the doctor.

As we pulled up to the dock, Dad jumped out. No one else moved off the boat. He looked at us, really puzzled. He said, “Is anyone coming with me?" Mom looked up from her book and said, "I don't think so." I told him the fishing was too good and we would see him after dark when he got back. He drove to the doctor and got the hook taken out. We limited out on trout that day and caught a few good bass. It was a great day to be fishing and one Kevin will always remember as the day he caught the 230-pound “sucker” fish at Quail.

I could tell many more great fishing tales about southern Utah and Nevada, but I think it's best if you go and make your own.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 62
Check out these scenic waters for your next angling adventure along with helpful tips to catch more fish!

Spring is the perfect time to gather your gear, refill your tackle and fly boxes, and plan for a fun excursion on Utah’s scenic waters. Fishing really amps up with the melting ice, but visitor usage usually doesn’t pick up until Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re itching for a waders-and-fleece high-elevation adventure in northern Utah or some sandalsand-shorts sunny days down south, there’s a spot for you in the Beehive State.

“This spring, most of Utah’s reservoirs are around 80% capacity, which provides terrific fish habitat and lots of space to capture spring runoff,” says Trina Hedrick, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Sportfish Coordinator. “These conditions ensure lots of surface area for anglers to spread out, whether fishing from shore or casting from a boat.”

An added bonus of the past two wet winters is improved fish habitat, says Hedrick. If conditions stay favorable, anglers will

likely see plenty of trout this year, and more yellow perch, crappie, bluegill, and bass in the next few years. Also, regardless of species, the fish that anglers catch this season should be a little healthier than seen in recent years of drought conditions.

here are Seven spots to check out:

Bear Lake (Above)

A Blue Ribbon fishery straddling Utah’s northern border with Idaho, Bear Lake typically picks up in early spring. In mid-March, cutthroat trout come closer to shore for their spawning run, and this behavior continues into the late spring and early summer months. During this time, anglers have great success trolling, jigging, and fishing from shore.

Lodging options around Bear Lake abound, and of course, no visit is complete without stopping for a raspberry milkshake at one of the region’s many mom-and-pop shops.

63 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Communications Team Coordinator


Fishing for kokanee salmon at Strawberry Reservoir picks up right after ice-off, which is generally mid-April to mid-May, depending on the weather.

“Kokanee are zooplankton feeders, so you’re just trying to get their attention with your gear: trolling with flashers and brightly colored lures like squid can be effective,” DWR Fisheries Biologist Alan Ward explains. Late spring fishing for cutthroat trout can be productive by trolling with lures and minnow imitations, and try shore fishing for rainbows using dough baits or worms.

While in the area, fly anglers should take the opportunity to cast a line on the middle Provo River, another very popular Blue Ribbon water that’s a short stroll from several marked public access points along and off Highway 40 in the Heber Valley.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 64


Another famed Blue Ribbon fishery, Flaming Gorge Reservoir is a large waterbody located on Utah’s northern border with Wyoming. As the water warms in spring, coldwater fish—particularly rainbow, cutthroat, and lake trout—become more active and move to shallow waters to feed.

“Anglers targeting rainbow or cutthroat trout will have good results along shallow rocky points or where a perennial stream enters the lake. For lake trout, try trolling shallow running lures over deep water,” recommends DWR Flaming Gorge Project Leader Ryan Mosley. Sporting 43 campgrounds and quite a few nearby mountain inns, Flaming Gorge Reservoir has an impressive 360 miles of truly "gorge-ous” shoreline.

65 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |


In southeastern Utah, you get double the bang for your buck by visiting both Recapture Reservoir and nearby Blanding Reservoir No. 4. As the water warms up, you’ll find northern pike actively feeding until they spawn in early April. Post-spawn fishing can be good using lures that mimic small fish. Between the two reservoirs, anglers can expect to catch northern pike, bullhead catfish, bluegill, largemouth bass, rainbow trout, and tiger trout.

If you’re one of the thousands of visitors to the area’s national and state parks—or if you’re visiting the area for mountain biking or hiking in the region’s beautiful landscape—consider extending your stay for a few additional days so you can enjoy the unique fishing opportunities at these two reservoirs.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 66


Access is looking good at Lake Powell this year! The Bureau of Reclamation expects the water to come up again this spring, and boaters can check the latest updates for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area to confirm ramp availability throughout the season.

“Anglers looking to cook up their catch are in luck: Striped bass are abundant and very healthy right now, as their main forage (shad) had a great production year in 2023,” DWR Aquatics Biologist Dan Keller says.

In addition, higher water levels this year mean more structure, which is great for targeting species like largemouth bass and crappie. Head into the backs of bays, and look for submerged brush, trees, and even overhanging ledges.V

Before you head out to your destination, check the current Utah Fishing Guidebook for regulations and harvest limits, and remember that anglers 12 and older must have a valid Utah fishing license (visit to learn more). If you’re boating Utah’s waters, keep in mind that the requirements for aquatic invasive species prevention have recently changed (including changes to enrollment in Utah’s AIS program and the purchase of current-year decals via the DWR). Check out for details.

Based in Salt Lake City, Darby Doyle is the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Communications Team Coordinator. In addition to pitching in as Assistant Public Information Officer, she’s the editor of the DWR Wildlife Blog, Wild Fish and Game Recipes section, and annual hunting and fishing guidebooks (

67 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Road Trip to Kaiparowits Plateau

Recently renowned for its treasure chest of dinosaur fossils, the Kaiparowits Plateau is a remote mountaintop region in south-central Utah inside the Grand StaircaseEscalante National Monument. On the trip showcased below, we concentrate on the north half of the Kaiparowits by starting and ending in Escalante using Hole in the Rock and Smoky Mountain Roads.

The name “Kaiparowits” comes from a Paiute name that means “big mountain’s little brother.” The Paiute are the Native American tribe that have inhabited southern Utah for the past several hundred years. The Paiute may have meant that the Kaiparowits is the little brother of the neighboring Aquarius and Paunsaugunt Plateaus.

Dinosaur Fossils

Since the 1990s, exciting discoveries have been made here of fossilized animal remains that once lived in the Late Cretaceous Period, which is the period that occurred after the Jurassic period. These fossils are found in rock layers and sediments that were laid down 82 to 70 million years ago. This area is full of paleontological treasures, the majority of which have yet to be discovered.

Learn more about the ongoing discovery of fossils on the plateau at the National Monument Visitor Centers located in both Big Water and Escalante. Big Water is located on Highway 89, 17 miles west of Page, Arizona. Escalante is located on Utah State Route 12, 45 miles east of Bryce Canyon National Park. Big Water’s visitor center specializes more in the discoveries made in the Kaiparowits with displays and information on the dinosaurs that lived during the Cretaceous period.

69 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
The wild formations of the Kaiparowits
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 70
The Grand Staircase - Escalante, Utah

Grand Staircase

Taking this road trip into the Kaiparowits Plateau is a great way to experience the so-called “Grand Staircase.” This unique geologic feature is a series of steps starting at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and ending at the top of Bryce Canyon National Park.

Each step is a geologic layer or formation that is literally a recording of what happened in the Earth’s history at a given period of time. The deeper the layer, such as in the Grand Canyon, the older it is. Bryce is topped with the last (or youngest) layer deposited and formed some 50 million years ago.

When you travel into the Kaiparowits using the road trip explained below, you’ll be passing through one of the last steps in the Grand Staircase before it reaches Bryce. Along the way, you’ll see many of these layers of rock and sediment. It’s anyone’s guess where these fossils can be found and revealed.

Dinosaur Trackway

To keep with the dino theme, along this road trip, we’ll make a stop at the Twenty Mile Wash Dinosaur Track Site. Here, you’ll find two (or possibly more) fairly long tracks or series of dinosaur footprints. There are two different types of tracks made by two different animals.

Although our road trip focuses on the neighboring Kaiparowits Plateau that was deposited during the latter half of the Cretaceous Period (80-65 million years ago), the footprints in this trackway were actually made during the Jurassic Period around 150 million years ago. The footprints appear in the whitish-gray Entrada Sandstone formation that is found at the base of the Kaiparowits Plateau.

71 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Twenty Mile Wash Dinosaur Track Site

Road Trip

As mentioned, our trip begins and ends in Escalante. It consists of a loop trip on three named roads: Hole in the Rock Road, Left Hand Collet Canyon Road, and Smokey Mountain Road.

Before starting this trip, go to the National Monument Visitor Center on the west side of town and check the conditions of the three aforementioned roads. The road to be most concerned about is Left Hand Collet Canyon Road, as it sits on a major drainage and frequently washes out, making it impassable. Also, make sure to leave Escalante with a full tank of gas and enough

food and water to last you through the journey. This trip is about 60 miles one-way on dirt roads.

Start by driving out of Escalante on Highway 12 heading east. At about 4.5 miles from town, turn right onto Hole in the Rock Road and reset your trip meter. Continue on this well-used dirt road for about 12 miles to Devil’s Garden on the right. You should see a sign marking the entrance. Plan to spend at least half an hour or more wandering around Devil’s Garden, which is a collection of hoodoos, arches, and rock formations.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 72
Devil's Garden

Continue down Hole in the Rock Road for another two miles until the junction with Left Hand Collet Road is reached. Turn right. You’ll see the opening of Left-hand and Right Hand Collet Canyons cut into the Straight Cliffs Formation ahead. After turning right, reset your trip meter again.

At 2.3 miles, turn right onto an unmarked road to visit the Twenty Mile Wash Dinosaur Track Site. Continue on this short road to the base of that same grayish-white Entrada Sandstone we visited earlier.

When finished, continue up Collet Canyon Road. Soon, you’ll enter the canyon. Notice all the different brown and beige-colored layers that were laid down around 75 million years ago. Some of the layers have created very striking rock formations and shapes.

At about 7.5 miles from Hole in the Rock Road, the road exits Collet Canyon and climbs up through a side canyon on the left. This road, too, sits at the bottom of a canyon and can be challenging with rock steps that your vehicle will need to rock crawl up.

Finally, at 10.6 miles, the road reaches the top of the Kaiparowits Plateau. From here on in, the roads are usually in much better condition since the terrain is mostly flat. On top of the plateau, you’ll also have a great view in many directions, including Powell Point (the highest spot in the Colorado Plateau), 25 miles northwest, and the Henry Mountains near Capitol Reef, 50 miles east.

Keep bearing right at turns, following signs to Escalante. Shortly, you’ll be on Smokey Mountain Road (BLM Road 300), which comes up from the south from Big Water and Lake Powell. This is a major north-south road and is usually well-maintained.

At about 32 miles from Hole in the Rock Road, Smokey Mountain Road reaches a summit and begins descending into a low-lying valley named Little Valley. This is the beginning of the drainage of Alvey Wash. For the next ten miles, the road gradually descends through the canyon created by this wash. You’ll recognize many of the same rock layers you passed while climbing Collet Canyon.V

See what this adventure looks like on YouTube by searching for “Kaiparowits Plateau Road Trip.” Get more detailed driving directions on our travel blog at Search for “Kaiparowits.” Happy Exploring!

73 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Left Hand Collet Canyon Road Above: The road gets very narrow | Below: Lunch at The Balanced Rock

The vision behind the 2024 RE/MAX Charity Pickleball Tournament to benefit Special Olympics Nevada began with an idea. Dave Neufeld, the broker and owner of RE/MAX Ridge Realty, wanted to find a way to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary in Mesquite, Nevada. It’s no small accomplishment to match the right person to the right house, and RE/MAX Ridge Realty has been doing that well for the past 25 years! Dave wanted the celebration to be something big and meaningful while giving back to the local community that has supported the company through the years.

Dave and his wife, Kristy, began playing pickleball in the summer of 2023. They quickly became part of the pickleball community in Mesquite, and they fell in love with the sport. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport across the nation, and for good reason. Many people consider it a great way to have fun and stay active while also making personal connections with people and building relationships. A pickleball tournament seemed like the perfect way to throw an exciting charity event and give back to the local community by benefiting Special Olympics Nevada. “For over 15 years, Special Olympics have had a program in Mesquite…we strive to foster inclusive opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities across Mesquite and throughout Nevada, promoting health, education, leadership development, and sports in all communities,“ says Jezz Medina-Manning, LETR (Law Enforcement Torch Run) Manager and Development with Special Olympics Nevada. There are approximately 35 Special Olympic athletes who live in Mesquite itself, so this is a cause close to home for RE/MAX.

To kick off the tournament on the first day, a very special opening ceremony took place where two Special Olympic athletes from Mesquite, Eric Milledge and Jared Naccarato, played a pickleball match with two Las Vegas Metro Police Officers, Brandom Heim and Chris Kinman. Eric also sang the national anthem. His mother,

Betty Leth, is an avid pickleball player and won the Women’s Doubles 3.0 with her partner, Kristi Holley, all while sporting her Special Olympics Parent apparel.

The tournament took place over three days, from February 28 to March 1. Each day held a different event. Wednesday was Women’s Doubles, Thursday was Mixed Doubles, and Friday was Men’s Doubles. Overall, 99 people played in at least one event during the tournament, with many participating in two. There were eleven different states represented by the participants and two countries—the United States and Australia. Two couples traveling to Las Vegas from Australia came up to Mesquite for the day to play in the tournament, and one of the couples, Geoff and Louisa Mortimer, won the Mixed Doubles 3.5. It was an unexpected surprise for the tournament to go international!

It takes a whole town to pull off an event like this. RE/MAX Ridge Realty partnered with the City of Mesquite’s Department of Athletics and Leisure Services to use the Old Mill Pickleball Courts, and John Rosen, the Pickleball Coordinator for the City of Mesquite, was the tournament director. Overall, $6,000 was raised for Special Olympics Nevada! None of that would have been possible without the sponsors and each of the tournament participants. The sponsors included Anytime Pickleball, the City of Mesquite, First Colony Mortgage, John Larson with the Larson/ Risinger Team, Stewart Title, American Family Insurance, Fidelity National Title, Grease Monkey, Jensen Property Management, Pack CPA, Nevada Bank and Trust, Nevada Residential Construction, and Sun American Mortgage.

If RE/MAX Ridge Realty’s 25 years in Mesquite is a milestone worth celebrating, then 26 years is definitely worth it, too! So keep an eye out for an announcement for the 2025 RE/MAX Ridge Realty Charity Pickleball Tournament, go pick up a pickleball paddle, and come join in next year!V

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 76
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 76
77 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
John Rosen and Dave Neufeld Kristi Holley and Betty Leth Geoff and Louisa Mortimer Mark Brackelsberg (REMAX agent) and Gavin Cramer John Larson and Luis Rodrigues (REMAX Agents) Eric Milledge Jared Naccarato Dave Neufeld

City Spaces Less Traveled:

Wilderness AreaS AND Outdoor Adventure in Cedar

Paths less traveled, hidden gems, and little-known destinations are top searches for many when planning outdoor adventures. The allure of the wilderness, the quiet it offers, and the views uninterrupted by development are sought-after parts of outdoor recreation. While the worries that “once it’s shared, it can’t be spared” are not unfounded in a landscape shaped by social media, there are spaces equipped to host those who want an adventure away from the world.

For outdoor enthusiasts craving solitude and timeless spaces to wander and reflect on, designated wilderness areas managed and cared for by public lands offices are a great option. For those equipped with knowledge of responsible recreation principles and regulations for the space you’re visiting, these areas can be places of solace and tranquility, even those that border more popular destinations. Pack your patience, responsibility, and extra water to discover something wonderful within the wilderness.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 78

Zion Wilderness - Kolob Canyons

Located on the north side of Zion National Park, Kolob Canyons is more well known than it once was, but this designated Zion Wilderness space remains a quieter option for those wanting to experience the beauty of Zion. In addition to the breathtaking scenery on the five-mile drive to the top of the canyon, Kolob is home to a few hiking trails as well.

Trails, like the Taylor Creek Middle Fork, weave through the canyon floor. Crossing streams and cresting hills of red dirt, the scenery along the way is framed by vibrant greenery and

native plants against a backdrop of the canyon’s hallmark crimson cliffs. Along the way are two historic cabins, preserved reminders of the homesteading history of the area, that offer great checkpoints and spots to pause for rest and reflection.

The full trail is five miles long and spread across the canyon floor, allowing groups (limited to under 12 people) to spread out and experience the quiet serenity of the Zion Wilderness. While wilderness permits are not required for this trail, they are required for canyoneering or overnight camping.

79 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 80
Spring Creek TrailKanarraville | Photo Credit: Visit Cedar City

Spring Creek Wilderness Area

Tucked away in the foothills of Kanarraville, the Spring Creek Wilderness Area is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon away from the worries of the world, immersed in the beauty of Utah’s high desert landscapes. Jutting rock formations and rising canyon walls frame the beginning of the trail as hikers wander along a sandy path on the canyon floor to a hidden slot canyon of vermillion stone.

In a wilderness study area, the vegetation along the way is varied and vibrant with scrub oaks, grasses, and wildflowers. If you’re lucky, you might spot a peregrine falcon or other birds of prey and wildlife who call this protected area home.

To protect the species within the area, group sizes are limited to under 12 on the Spring Creek Trail, leaving the area a quiet place to wander responsibly.

The 5.3-mile trail winds along the canyon floor, leading to a beginner slot canyon of bright red rock with incredible views throughout the trail. While the trail continues into the canyon, it eventually becomes impossible to pass without the proper canyoneering equipment and knowledge. With formations reminiscent of its neighboring trail (Kanarra Falls), the Spring Creek Canyon is a truly gorgeous area to explore.

81 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Spring Creek Wilderness - Overhead | Photo Credit: Visit Cedar

Cedar Canyon & Dixie National Forest

While Cedar Canyon and Dixie National Forest are not designated wilderness areas in the same sense as Spring Creek or Kolob Canyons, the vast expanses of public lands throughout the canyon offer spaces of quiet recreation. Areas like the Bristlecone Pine Trail or the loop around Kid’s Pond at Wood Ranch are ideal spots for a tranquil afternoon adventure. Canyoneering spots like Graveside Wall offer an opportunity for a remote group adventure.

Responsible Recreation

Wilderness areas in southern Utah earn their designation for a variety of reasons. Areas may have a wildlife study area or protected habitat, a conservation effort for local vegetation, or management by a national park or federal land agency, but all share some common tenets for how they expect visitors to behave.

While adventuring, keep space between your group and others, and keep voices low to preserve the experience of those around you. Be water-wise by keeping trash and other waste out of waterways and streams, and pack extra drinking water for yourself. Plan ahead and check the weather, as many of the areas above have slot canyons or rivers that can become dangerous in adverse weather. Protect the outdoors by respecting the places you visit and taking only photographs.

Most importantly, however, while on the trail, be kind—not only to the others you meet along the way but to the space you’re recreating in as well.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 82
Cedar Canyon Wilderness - Night Sky | Photo Credit: Benji Thorne
83 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
Cedar Canyon Wilderness | Photo Credit: Benji Thorne

Experience Retail Therapy at

If there is one thing I have learned during the past few years, it is that “retail therapy” is real. Not only have I personally experienced it, but I see it every day at work.

It all started in 2021 when COVID-19 put an end to my 31year career in the travel industry. I thought I had a plan for the rest of my life, but you know what they say about plans…

That July, I was scrolling on Instagram when I noticed that a charming little boutique called MINA was opening on Main Street in Ancestor Square. I thought it might be a good idea to see if they were hiring, as it would be a fantastic way to get out of the house and interact with people again. I contacted the owner, June Pace, and she hired me as a part-time sales associate. I told her that I just wanted 20 hours per week—baby steps, or so I thought.

Within six months, my part-time job turned into becoming the manager and eventually, the buyer.

I did not realize how much I would grow to love my job at MINA. Sure, I am surrounded by beautiful clothes and jewelry, but it is the women I work with and the customers I help that bring me joy. During the past few years, I have been able to help women discover their personal style and see their true beauty. It does not matter what size the tag says or what an item costs. It is how women feel when wearing something. Seeing the smiles on their faces when they find the “perfect” outfit or accessory is the best part of my day. It is also wonderful to be in historic downtown, as I get to meet people from all over the world traveling through St. George.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 84

When I reflect on my childhood, it is no surprise I ended up working at MINA. My love for fashion started with my Grandma Cora, or “Pete” as everyone called her. She was a fashionista and always looked impeccable—even when she was helping my grandpa on the farm. I remember tying colorful scarves on our heads to keep the hay out of our hair and putting on our big sunglasses as we left for a day of work on the farm. She looked like Jackie Kennedy to me even though she was driving a truck in the middle of a hayfield in Idaho. I loved playing dress-up in her closet and trying on the sparkly earrings, necklaces, and broaches from her special jewelry box. Shopping was something we always enjoyed doing together. We had a standing lunch and shopping date at the beginning of every school year, and I would choose a new dress for the first day of school. We shared a special bond over shopping and fashion until she left this world a few years ago—still looking as beautiful as ever. I am certain she would have been one of our best customers at MINA if she were here today.

A few months ago, June informed me she was ready to retire and offered me one of the best gifts I could have ever hoped for: the opportunity to buy MINA. I will continue to honor June’s vision by bringing unique styles to St. George along with some fun new brands for our active golf and pickleball community. My vision for MINA is a boutique where I could shop with my daughter, mother, and late grandmother—all of us finding a new outfit or accessory. From travel wardrobes to outfits for the court and course and even for special occasions, MINA features many brands that are not available elsewhere in St. George. It is our goal to bring the personal shopping experience back to the customer so that there is no need to order online, hoping the items fit, look like the picture, or arrive in time.

Three years ago, I did not know what I was going to do with my life, but through “retail therapy” at MINA, I found my calling. I am so grateful to June, my coworkers, and all our amazing customers for their support and encouragement. I am excited to own a small business again and have the opportunity to give back to our community. If you have not had the MINA experience, I invite you to visit us for some retail therapy of your own.V

85 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |
MINA is located at 173 N. Main Street in St. George. Reach them at (435) 652-3622 or at and visit
Celece Krieger, new owner of MINA Boutique

STOP Missing Short Putts

Short putts are the smallest stroke in golf and can be the most maddening and frustrating because everyone expects you to make them, and when you don’t, you feel embarrassed. If you watch golf, look at all the different styles of putting from the way a player holds the club and their stances to even the different putters being used. This shows that there is no single best way to putt except for what works for that player. But there are a few adjustments that you can make so your short putts start to go in the hole right away.

1) Use One Hand to Control the Putter - Try hitting 10 putts with only your right hand on the club and then 10 with only the left hand on the club. Determine which one naturally helps you better control the pace, path, power, and straightness of the clubhead. Hint: it may not always be the hand you write with. Also, the wrist of the controlling hand Does Not Bend. Whichever hand you determine is your best, focus on keeping that wrist from bending, flipping, or changing its angle during the stroke. This helps maintain the consistency of the grip pressure so it is not changing and can now be consistent.

2) The Other Hand is ONLY there to STABILIZE, it has NO INFLUENCE - The other hand is only there to support but has no influence on the power, force, or speed of the club. This hand can be on the club, but the more points of contact that it has on the club, the more of an influence it can have on the

stroke, throwing off the other hand’s natural stroke. To start, try placing the non-controlling hand on top of the controlling hand’s thumb. Don’t touch the club, just the other hand. After you get comfortable using one hand to control the putter and the other one is staying out of the way, try placing the other hand in different positions with as few points of contact as possible on the grip with the other hand. It can be low, on top, or under the controlling hand as long as it stays out of the way of the controlling hand. Try different positions until your controlling hand controls the club and the other hand is just along for the ride.

3) Sit Back on Your Heels - Tap your toes, and place your weight between the balls of the feet and the heels. Leave it there during the stroke. This provides less lower body movement. Also, pushing your hips backward allows for counterbalancing of the lower body so you remain steady. This counterbalance allows the club to follow a natural arc, squaring up as it impacts the ball and rolling it on its equator axis. You may find yourself having to get closer to the ball and then sitting back so you don’t feel so cramped. The putter head must remain flat on the ground without the toe of the putter up in the air.

4) Use an Even and Balanced Stroke - The stroke should be the same pace and distance in the backswing as the pace and distance to impact—like a pendulum. Try counting so

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 86
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 86 view on GOLF

you swing the club with rhythm. When the putter changes speed, grip pressure changes, sometimes changing the clubface as well. Most people hit it harder or softer to control the distance—this is wrong. You control distance by swinging the club back more or less, not by changing power.

5) AIM: Use the Dominant Eye to Line Up - This means determining which is your dominant eye and using it to aim. When you place your ball down in front of your marker, use the line on the ball to line it up with your target, using only one eye. Now that the ball is lined up, you have to line up the putter head with the line on the ball. Approach the ball, and place your putter head down behind the ball. Get your dominant eye DIRECTLY over the ball with one eye open and one eye closed. Line up the putter lines, or shapes on your putter head, with the line on the ball.

Once it is lined up, you need to open up both eyes for distance control. Take your grip, stance, and posture, and sit back on your heels. Your eyes no longer need to be directly over the ball. Make your stroke, and watch the ball go in the hole.

Try one, some, or all of these suggestions. They may seem weird or strange at first, but who cares if the ball ends up at the bottom of the cup?

Good Luck and as always…Fairways & Greens!V Rob Krieger, PGA

87 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Keeping Your Summer Safe in the Great Outdoors!

From basic first aid to family emergencies

Here it comes! Summer fun is just around the corner: sun, sports, pools, and other outdoor activities abound. It’s no surprise that the summer season can also be the busiest for your local emergency room.

Knowing what to do when an emergency arises, when and how to administer medical care at home, and when to head to the ER is important. Educating yourself and your family about how to handle an emergency can make for a safer, happier, and healthier summer!

So let’s take a minute to review some simple steps that can make a big difference in your life!

First Aid Kit

Bumps, scrapes, and boo-boos can be handled at home with a well-stocked first aid kit. A necessity in every home, a first aid kit can help handle minor emergencies that don’t require a doctor’s immediate care. Your kit should be stored in a central location in your home—within easy reach for adults, not children. A properly stocked kit can help you manage emergency needs ranging from a burn to a deep cut.

Check your kit regularly and replace missing items or expired medications. It’s a good idea to have a first aid kit in your home and another in the car. Don’t forget to take it with you on vacation, too!

First Aid Basics

Some general first aid tips for a few common situations include:

· BRUISES: elevate, and apply ice or a cold pack.

· BURNS: immerse the burned area in cool water for at least five minutes or until the pain subsides. Cover the area loosely with a sterile gauze bandage. Do not apply ice directly, and do not use ointments or butter.

· BLEEDING OR PUNCTURE WOUNDS: apply continuous, direct pressure for about 20 minutes with a clean cloth or towel to control bleeding. Rinse the wound with clean water (no soap, as this may irritate the wound); apply an antibiotic, and cover the wound with a bandage or sterile gauze.

Be sure to wash your hands before treating a wound. If you’re not sure about the severity of the injury, call your doctor, or head to your local emergency room.

When to go to the Emergency room

If the injury is severe or complications occur—such as continued bleeding or redness, pain, numbness, fever, or swelling—you need to go to the emergency room.

Be Prepared

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, every emergency can be managed using a four-step process:

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 88
VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 88

Prevent, Prepare, Recognize, and Act. This includes mock emergency drills with family, CPR classes from your local hospital, meeting first responders, visiting your local Red Cross office, and teaching children to call 9-1-1 in an emergency. Discuss with your child what constitutes an emergency and in which situations it is appropriate (and not appropriate) to call for emergency help. Help your child to memorize and practice the information they’ll need to provide, including their home address, home phone number, and information about the person who needs help, such as if they are conscious and breathing.V

About the Author: Jerry Thomas, FNP-C, received his Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where he graduated summa cum laude with the highest distinction. He went on to obtain his Master of Nurse Practitioner from Loyola University New Orleans.

Jerry is currently accepting new patients of all ages at Mesa View Medical Group, located at 1301 Bertha Howe Avenue, Suite 1, Mesquite, Nevada 89027.

He can be reached by calling (702) 346-0800 or by visiting

To make an appointment, visit!

89 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Shades of Fur:

Understanding How a Dog’s Coat Protects Them From Summer Sun

Once again, the dog days of summer are approaching fast, and many pet parents contemplate the idea of shaving their furry companions to help them beat the heat. Take a moment before reaching for the clippers, however, as it’s important to understand why shaving your dog might not be the best idea. Contrary to popular belief, a dog’s fur plays a crucial role in keeping him cool and protecting his skin from sunburn. Here’s why a summer buzz cut may not be in the best interest of your pup.

First and foremost, a dog’s coat serves as a natural insulation system that regulates body temperature. It may seem counterintuitive, but a dog’s fur acts as a barrier against the heat. The dense undercoat insulates them from excessive heat, while the outer layer helps to reflect sunlight away from the skin. Shaving off this protective layer can disrupt the ability to regulate body temperature effectively, leaving dogs vulnerable to overheating, especially in hot and humid conditions.

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 90
view on PETS

Moreover, a dog’s coat serves as a barrier against harmful UV rays from the sun. Just like humans, dogs can suffer from sunburn, particularly those with light-colored or thin fur. The coat acts as a natural sunscreen, shielding their skin from UV radiation and reducing the risk of sunburn and sun-related skin problems. By removing this protective layer, you expose your dog’s sensitive skin to the sun’s harmful rays, increasing the likelihood of painful sunburn and potentially even skin cancer in the long run.

Shaving a dog’s fur can also alter its texture and growth pattern, leading to possible skin issues, such as irritation, itchiness, and even folliculitis, a common skin condition that happens when hair follicles become inflamed. The abrupt removal of fur can disrupt the delicate balance of oils on the skin’s surface, leading to dryness and flakiness. Additionally, shaved areas are more susceptible to insect bites, scratches, and other skin irritations. This increases the likelihood of contracting dermatitis (allergic reactions) and further compromises your dog’s comfort and well-being during the summer months.

It’s also important to consider that not all dog breeds are built the same when it comes to coping with heat. While some breeds, like Huskies and Malamutes, have thick double coats designed to insulate them from extreme cold, others, such as Greyhounds and Whippets, have short, single-layered coats that offer less insulation but provide better heat dissipation. Shaving breeds with double coats can actually make them more susceptible to heatstroke, as it interferes with their natural cooling mechanisms. It’s best to let nature stay its course.

Instead of resorting to shaving, there are several alternatives to help your dog stay cool and comfortable during the summer months. Regular grooming, including brushing to remove loose fur and mats, can help improve air circulation throughout their coat and prevent overheating. Providing access to shade, fresh water, and air conditioning indoors can also help your dog beat the heat without sacrificing their natural protective barrier.

And finally, investing in products designed to cool and protect your dog’s skin, such as lightweight breathable clothing, UVblocking sprays, cooling boots, and cooling mats, can provide added protection against our strong, southwestern sun. These alternatives not only help your dog stay cool but also preserve the integrity of their fur and skin, ensuring their overall health and well-being throughout the summer season.

So while it may seem like a quick fix to shave your dog’s fur during the summer, it’s important to consider the long-term implications for their health and comfort. A dog’s coat serves as more than just a fashion statement—it’s a vital part of his natural cooling and protection system. By understanding and respecting the role of fur in keeping your dog cool and protected, you can ensure that they stay happy, healthy, and comfortable all summer long.V

For more information on health and wellness for your pet, visit us online at

91 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

SUU Offers New Ways to Explore a Meaningful Career in Behavioral Health

Southern Utah University (SUU) is launching a new program designed to respond to the significant demand for behavioral healthcare workers. Designed for adults looking for a career change or young adults looking to launch a career, this new professional certificate program in behavioral health is designed for individuals interested in making a positive impact on those facing mental health challenges. The three online short courses that make up the Behavioral Health Foundations Certificate are 1) Introduction to Behavioral Health Careers, 2) Personal Preparation for a Behavioral Health Career, and 3) Virtual Job Shadowing. Due to the high demand for entry-level workers in this growing and meaningful field, the courses have been designed for busy adults by SUU faculty and informed by industry professionals.

“The foundation of quality residential treatment begins with our staff, and the foundation of quality staff begins with training,” says Dr. Jack Hinman, licensed clinical psychologist and executive director and co-founder of Engage Young Adult Transitions. “It’s such a critical time for training when it comes to residential treatment. Right now we are experiencing a mental health crisis. We’re seeing that clients are a lot more complex, and the sophistication of staff is critical.”

Any treatment facility, medical clinic, or other mental health services organization may be interested in using the short courses as useful training for new staff, especially those new to working in this critical and evolving industry. Coursework will include essential skills to help students establish boundaries

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 92

and become more empathetic, ethical, and successful in addressing clients' behavioral, emotional, and social concerns.

Each year, millions of individuals seek help and support for their mental health. Employment opportunities in mental health-related occupations continue to be on the rise, and according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for behavioral health technicians and aids is growing much faster than staffing needs for other occupations.

Short Courses–What You’ll Learn

The four-week Introduction to the Behavioral Health Careers course begins this fall and dives into the world of mental health profession, exploring roles, functions, and responsibilities in various mental health professions. This course will introduce you to common mental health issues, emphasizing the vital importance of mental health awareness. You'll also gain essential skills and strategies to support individuals facing mental health challenges, ensuring you're well-equipped for success.

The next available course, Personal Preparation for a Behavioral Health Career, takes six weeks to complete. You’ll learn the skills and self-awareness necessary to begin a rewarding career in behavioral health and social sciences. This course focuses on self-assessment, goal setting, cognitive and behavioral strategies for academic success, whole health integration, resilience building, professional networking, and career preparedness.

The pathway culminates with the Virtual Job Shadowing course. This immersive experience in the mental/behavioral health field will allow you to further explore career options, practice developmental skills, and build career readiness through virtual exposure to industry experts. This course is your bridge from education to a dynamic and fulfilling career.

By completing the three courses, you will earn digital credentials that can be added to your LinkedIn profile, resume, or graduate school application. You may also consider transferring some of the course credits to degree programs at SUU.

The Behavioral Health Foundations Certificate serves as a starting point for entry-level staff and those new to the field. SUU is pleased to offer additional ways for you to continue learning and working toward educational and career goals.

“We’re excited to help educate the next wave of behavioral health care professionals,” says Dr. Grant Corser, Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology in SUU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences. “The Behavioral Health Technician certificate represents a significant opportunity and milestone for current and future learners. It will help those who want to be employed with entry-level qualifications and help those who want to continue their educational pathway whether it is a bachelor’s degree in psychology or even a doctorate of psychology in clinical psychology.”

Those looking to prepare for the Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist exam from the National Healthcareer Association or the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians Level 1 certificate exam may be interested in additional coursework offered through the CWD department in partnership with CareerStep. This course is all online and available to start anytime to prepare you for these industryrecognized certifications.V

For more information on ways to get started in behavioral health at SUU, visit, or call (435) 865-8259 for personal assistance.

93 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Ecological Awareness:

A Heartfelt Plea to Safeguard Our Wildlife

Our desert, with its rugged terrain and extreme temperatures, may seem inhospitable to some, but for the creatures that inhabit it, it is a haven, a place where survival is an art and adaptation is the masterpiece. From the iconic desert tortoise to the elusive kit fox, each species plays a crucial role in maintaining the delicate balance of this unique ecosystem.

One of the most fascinating residents of the desert is the desert bighorn sheep. Majestic and resilient, these creatures navigate the steep cliffs and rocky terrain with unmatched grace. Their survival in this challenging environment is a testament to the strength of nature and the incredible adaptations that have evolved over time. To care for these magnificent animals means to preserve their habitats, ensuring that the delicate balance of flora and fauna is maintained for generations to come.

The desert tortoise, an emblematic symbol of the American Southwest, also calls our desert home. Slow and steady, these creatures have roamed the desert for centuries, adapting to the harsh conditions with their unique physiology. Unfortunately, the desert tortoise faces numerous threats, including habitat destruction and human encroachment.

Caring for these ancient beings involves protecting their habitats and fostering awareness about the importance of coexistence.

In the realm of the desert skies, the peregrine falcon soars with unmatched speed and precision. These incredible raptors are a monument to the power and beauty of the natural world. However, like many species, they face habitat loss and pollution challenges. As caretakers of our desert, we must advocate for policies that protect the habitats crucial to these majestic birds and strive to minimize our impact on the environment.

The desert is also home to the enchanting kit fox, a creature of the night with oversized ears and a keen sense of smell. The survival of kit foxes depends on maintaining the ecosystem's delicate balance, as the foxes play a vital role in controlling rodent populations. By caring for the kit fox and its habitat, we contribute to the overall health of the desert.

Caring for our desert animals goes beyond mere conservation efforts; it requires a shift in perspective and a commitment to sustainable living. As we marvel at the beauty of the desert, let us also recognize the profound interconnectedness of all living beings. Every plant, every creature, and every gust of

| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 94 view on MOTIVATION

wind plays a role in the intricate dance of life in the desert. Education is a powerful tool in the journey of caring for our desert animals. By fostering awareness about the delicate balance of the ecosystem and the unique adaptations of each species, we empower ourselves and future generations to become advocates for conservation. Initiatives such as community workshops, school programs, and guided tours can provide valuable insights into the wonders of the desert, instilling a sense of responsibility and awe for the natural world.

Supporting local conservation organizations is another impactful way to care for our desert animals. These organizations work tirelessly to preserve habitats, conduct research, and implement conservation strategies. By contributing time, resources, or financial support, we actively participate in the ongoing effort to protect our desert and its inhabitants.

In the spirit of caring for our desert animals, responsible recreation is essential. Whether hiking, camping, or enjoying outdoor activities, following “Leave No Trace”* principles is crucial so we can respect fragile ecosystems and minimize our impact. By treading lightly and being mindful of our surroundings, we can ensure that future generations will have

the privilege of witnessing the beauty of the desert and its incredible inhabitants.

The desert is a sanctuary of wonder, a testament to the resilience of life in the face of adversity. Caring for our desert animals is a duty, a privilege, and an opportunity to connect with the untamed spirit of nature. Through education, support for conservation efforts, and responsible recreation, we can leave a legacy of care and appreciation for the remarkable creatures that call our desert their home.V

Transform your events and inspire your team with Judi Moreo's captivating presentations. Judi doesn't just speak; she delivers no-nonsense, winning solutions tailored to your business or organization. Dive into her signature keynote, "You Are More Than Enough," or choose from various dynamic, content-rich, interactive training programs. Each session is an enjoyable journey with practical skills that promise immediate benefits for your professional relationships and personal growth.

Contact Judi today to book an unforgettable experience that will leave a lasting impression on your team and drive your business forward. Call Turning Point International at (702) 283-4567, or email

95 May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE |

Golf Guide

Black Desert Golf Course - Ivins (435) 222-7830

Bloomington - St. George (435) 673-4687

Canyons (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

CasaBlanca - Mesquite (702) 346-6764

Cedar Ridge - Cedar City (435) 586-2970

Conestoga - Mesquite (702) 346-4292

Coral Canyon - Washington (435) 688-1700

Copper Rock - Hurricane (435) 359-9339

Coyote Springs - Coyote Springs (725) 210-5400

Coyote Willows - Mesquite (702) 345-3222

Dixie Red Hills - St. George (435) 627-4444

Entrada - St. George (435) 986-2200

Falcon Ridge - Mesquite (702) 346-6363

Green Springs - Washington (435) 673-7888

Historic Beaver Dam - Beaver Dam (928) 347-2222

Palmer (Oasis GC) - Mesquite (702) 346-7820

Palms - Mesquite (702) 346-4067

Sand Hollow Resort - Hurricane (435) 656-4653

Sky Mountain - Hurricane (435) 635-7888

Southgate - St. George (435) 627-4440

St. George Golf Club - St. George (435) 627-4404

Sun River - St. George (435) 986-0001

Sunbrook - St. George (435) 627-4400

The Ledges - St. George (435) 634-4640

Thunderbird - Mt. Carmel (435) 648-2188

Wolf Creek - Mesquite (702) 346-1670

May / June 2024 | VIEW ON MAGAZINE | 99
Mesquite | Beaver Dam | St. George | Ivins | washington | Hurricane | Mt. Carmel
| VIEW ON MAGAZINE | May / June 2024 104
A&L Handyman Services 96 Aguilar Mobile Carwash . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Aliante Healthcare . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 All Around Mesquite, Nevada 22 All Secure Storage, LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Aravada Springs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Arizona Horse Ride 28 C & J Shutters, Blinds and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Clea's Moapa Valley Realty 74 Conestoga Golf Club / 1880 Grille 16 Cynthia Dare Construction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Deep Roots Harvest Inside Back Cover Desert Pain Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Back Cover ERA - Lisa Sherman . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 ERA - Sharon Szarzi 62 Eureka Casino Resort - Memorial Day Weekend Specials . 68 Eureka Casino Resort - You Earned Your Comps . . . . . . . IFC Exquisite Blooms Floral 96 Farmers Insurance - Bill Mitchell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 GNH Lawn Care and Maintenance Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Great Clips 96 Hangey's Custom Upholstering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 HedgeHog Electric and Solar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Highland Manor 42 Hitch It L.L.C. / Stationary Hitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Hurricane Shuttles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Ika Greens 82 Ink & Amethyst. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Inside Scoop 74 J.R. Morgan Glass & Glazing, LLC 97 Judi Moreo – Speaker, Author, & Coach . . . . . . . . . . 62, 97 Ken Garff Mesquite Ford - Dave Heath 97 Kitchen Encounters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 Lamppost Electric . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Linda's Glitz and Glam 97 Medicare and Healthcare Insurance - Team Bundy . . . . . 71 A&L Handyman Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96 Mesa Ridge Pharamacy 89 Mesa View Regional Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Mesquite Branding and Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services 18 Mesquite Fine Arts Center and Gallery . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Mesquite Gaming / CasaBlanca Golf Tournament . . . . . . 23 Mesquite RV and Boat Storage 38 Mesquite Tile and Flooring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Mesquite Trails RV Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Mesquite Veterinary Clinic - Peggy Purner, DVM 98 MINA Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Moapa Valley Builders 74 Mortgage Mate, LLC 89 MVP Productions - Kris Zurbas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Nevada Bank and Trust 47 Odyssey Landscaping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Oral & Facial Surgery Institute of Mesquite . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Pioneer Storage 72 Pirates Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Polaris Can Am Honda World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Polynesian Pools / Poly Pro Pool Resurfacing 40 Prestige Golf Cars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 87 Raymond James Financial Advisors - Nathan Hughes . . . 98 RealtyOneGroup - Beverly Powers Uhlir 24 RealtyOneGroup - Deb Parsley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Red Rock Golf Instruction - Rob Krieger . . . . . . . . . . . . 98 Reliance Connects 16 Re/Max Ridge Realty - Dave Neufeld . . . . . . . . . . . . 52, 53 Richens Eye Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 83 Shop, Eat, Play Moapa Valley 74, 75 Silver Rider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77 SnapShots West Photography 98 State Farm Insurance - Lisa Wilde 82 TDS Telecom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 The Front Porch 74 The Lindi Corp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Timber Tote / The Rugged Outdoorsman . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Tuacahn Amphitheatre 7 Washington County Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34, 66 Wild Whimsies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 WOOF! Center 38 Xtreme Stitch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Yogi Window Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98

Turn static files into dynamic content formats.

Create a flipbook
Issuu converts static files into: digital portfolios, online yearbooks, online catalogs, digital photo albums and more. Sign up and create your flipbook.