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Podcast Gives a Look Inside Spring Mountains
Podcast Gives a Look Inside Spring Mountains

The U.S. Forest Service is offering a new kind of adventure at the Spring Mountains – a self-guided tour for the Cathedral Rock Trail available at the touch of a button.

This on-demand tour guide is available via podcast and can be downloaded to a smart phone or mobile media device for free at http://www.discoverspringmountains.org/media.html.

There is cell reception at the trailhead; however, it is recommended to download the podcast at home before your trip.

During this 1.4-mile hike, people can learn about the past and present changes that shape the mountains. Computer animation helps to visualize the transformation of the Spring Mountains from a vast ocean to the desert oasis it is today as people make the trek to the summit of Cathedral Rock for a fantastic view of the canyon and valley below.

The podcast consists of 9 stops, including the trailhead, and has a total running time of 15 minutes.

“Some people spend a lot of time on handheld devices these days, and we wanted to find a way for them to connect with the forest environment using those devices,” said Stephanie Phillips, Deputy Forest Supervisor for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. “Our goal is to get visitors to look more closely and better understand their surroundings.”

To get to the first stop of the tour, visitors should park at the Lower Cathedral Rock Trailhead off of State Route 157.