When we want to get away from the heat of the desert during the summer months, we have at least 47 different mountain sites on our list - all within 350 miles or less. As I've mentioned on previous posts, the price of gas was always on our minds when we moved here 8 years ago - we are so very glad it was; we can fill the tank, and make a round-trip visit as we head out 180 miles; then return - only $60 for the tank at $4/gallon!
The Grand Canyon is 180 miles from where we live; many mountains are in between...too many to list here.
Our favorite mountain-top is 60 miles from us; that's only $12 one-way for gas - many people spend that on 2 meals at a fast-food restaurant where they 'get gas' - we use gas.
I don't think I have enough space allocated on this blog-site to upload all the beautiful photos I've taken of the local places we visit, and the areas we enjoy that are still easy to reach in 5 hours or less. We don't have to think about hotel costs a good deal of the time; up at 4:00 a.m. - at our destination no later than 9:00 a.m. - we've got a great 8-hour day and we're home by 10:30 p.m. to snuggle into our own comfy bed. Nice....