It's true: Las Vegas does have an active – even outdoorsy – side. And I'm not just talking about hiking up and down The Strip or marathon shopping trips. The desert that envelopes Las Vegas has so much to offer: rambling trails, outlandish features, dramatic panoramas, wide-open spaces and hardy scrub punctuated by fleeting desert flowers. Boots and a walking stick may not be de rigeur of a Vegas wardrobe, but maybe they should be.
So which place stole my heart? I'm wanderlusting and love-struck for southern Utah-northern Arizona. And you need to go - because I just did the coolest hike that wasn't even a trail: The Narrows (Bottom Up) in Zion National Park. What makes it so remarkable? Simply put, have you ever hiked up a river? Bottom Up follows the Virgin River through a canyon whose towering walls can measure a dizzying 1,500 feet tall. The further one hikes from the trailhead, the more the canyon bottlenecks.
Located along a nature-soaked backwoods road, Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve receives few accidental tourists. The road itself acts as a sort of gatekeeper, snaking through rolling hills and bottlenecking at hairpin turns. The winding road bothers me less than my car mates who are trying to keep their stomachs settled. Their eyes are squeezed shut but mine are glued to the window.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".