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Prickly Pear Cactus Salad

Prickly pear cactus salad is fresh and bright with tomatoes, nopales, and lots of cilantro, plus lemon juice.

Prickly Pear Cactus Salad Simple, delicious salad you can whip together right at the campsite. Fresh chopped tomatoes are best, but you can get by with canned if you have to … just be sure to drain them well. The jalapenos may bring some heat, but you ...

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Mesquite Pancakes & Gluten-Free Mesquite Pancakes

Mesquite pancakes cooking over open campfire.

If you don’t live in mesquite country, you may not realize it, but the mesquite tree produces seeds or beans in a large pod. For eons, indigenous peoples have collected these dried pods and ground them into flour or meal. Interestingly, for ...

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Light Up Camp Supper with Dutch Oven Cactus Casserole

A beautiful, bubbly Dutch Oven Casserole made with prickly pear cactus pads called napoles.

For camping recipes, we’re focusing on eating the prickly pear pads (aka nopales or nopalitos). That’s what goes in this cactus casserole. While you can harvest your own (be sure of the regulations on public lands) and prepare them yourself, it’s definitely a ...

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Seeking (… and Avoiding) Scorpions

Seeking Scorpions in the desert not far from Las Vegas.

When you come to the desert for a camping trip, you can look at its most common wildlife as something to be scared of and avoid or as a focus of interest, learning, and discovery. Whether you find things like ...

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Roadside Challenge : Death Valley

It’s already become a highly-anticipated feature of every 50 Campfires Field Trip, and the guys have sampled some pretty unusual regional delicacies – boiled Cajun peanuts and pickled quail eggs in Mississippi, lobster ice cream and brown bread in Maine, ...

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Red Rock Canyon – Las Vegas’ Outdoor Paradise

Any wonder how Red Rock Canyon gets its name?

Just barely outside of the the Las Vegas metro area is the amazing Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Managed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, it offers dozens of hiking trails, an auto tour route, a campground, and ...

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Campfire Chocolate Cake + Fathom IPA

Campfire Chocolate Cake + Fathom IPA   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 25 mins Total time 35 mins   There's nothing quite like the combo of chocolate cake and a cold IPA beer. In this quick campfire pairing, ...

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13 Gifts For The Hardcore Outdoor Enthusiast

Title slide 13 Gifts for the hardcore outdoor enthusiast

Hardcore outdoor enthusiasts can be the most difficult people to buy for on your holiday gift list. The problem is, since they are hardcore, they have collected most of the gear they want and need. On a few essential items ...

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The Last Of The Open Water

The Last Of The Open Water Fall Kayaking

It’s been nearly a month since the season’s first crystals of frost blanketed the woods of northwestern Wisconsin. Having spent the majority of the summer outside – camping, hiking, fishing and paddling – that first frosty morning is always a ...

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The Outdoor Minute presented by Victorinox Swiss Army

Top stories, tips, and gear every week! At 50 Campfires we spend the entire week wading through outdoor stories, camping tips, and new gear. The most interesting stories usually get discussed around the lunch table.  We realized one day that ...

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