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April 04, 2022

Spring has sprung and so has the time to take the whole family out on an adventure.

To prepare for all that Spring has to offer, Midland Radio is offering customers a free ghost antenna with a MXT500 MicroMobile Two-Way Radio purchase, using the code GHOST. This offer is available April 4-11, 2022. Make sure to add the antenna to your cart in order to redeem this offer.  

To get ready to enjoy the warmer weather, we've put together a list of five family-friendly hikes. 

1. Hanging Lake 

Head to Glenwood Springs, Colorado for this short hike that is just over a mile.

While it is a short hike, it is steep and rocky. Luckily, there are plenty of places to stop and rest along the way. It's on those stops you can take memorable photos with the family and spectacular views. 

If you're worried about the steepness, there are handrails on the especially difficult portions of the trail to help you move in the right direction. 

This hike begins at the Glenwood Canyon Bike and Pedestrian Path and ends at the lake. This hike is fed by waterfalls. 

If you're lucky, the family might even spot some of the native trout moving around the lake. 

2. Fossil Exhibit Trail 

Badlands National Park in South Dakota has plenty of special views for the entire family to take in. 

This hike stays along a boardwalk and there are stops featuring exhibits of creatures that once roamed the area. The exhibits are tactile so kids will be able to touch the fossil replicas, adding in an extra layer of fun for the family. 

Fossil Exhibit Trail is 0.4 miles out and back...the average completion time is just 10 minutes. That means the kids won't get too tired. 

3. The Narrows

The Narrows can be found within Zion National Park in Utah.

Experts say this hike is best suited for older children. It's a popular, but advanced hike that are in the waters of the Virgin River. 

You'll need to make sure you have your portable emergency radios because it can be prone to flash floods. 

Visitors often start from the Temple of Sinawava via the Riverside Walk and head upstream in the river before turning around and heading back to the starting point. 

The Narrows are the narrowest section of Zion Canyon featuring walls a thousand feet tall. It's one of the most popular areas in the park.


4. Pikes Peak

Colorado is home to many of hikes, but this one in Colorado Springs is great for children.

This hike is one of the best ways to experience the 14,000-foot-plus peak and is the highest summit of the souther Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.

Now there is a brand-new visitor center and cog railway experience, both of which are fully ADA accessible. 

There's even a spot to stop for special high altitude doughnuts which go mushy or collapse at lower altitudes, perfect for a special treat for the whole family while enjoying the spectacular views. 

You'll need to plan out two to three hours to complete this hike. 

5. Lily Marsh Trail

Head to Ponderosa State Park in McCall, Idaho for this two-and-a-half-mile trail.

This trail takes you out and back through the forest and along swampy marshes. The Lily Marsh Trail ends with beautiful views of Payette Lake. It's the perfect sized challenge for the younger members of the family.

If your family is full of water bugs who enjoy swimming, this is the perfect hike as you can swim in Payette Lake, all while getting to take in the mountains.

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