If you’ve had your fill of the flashing lights, glitzy hotels, and packed casinos of the Las Vegas strip, it might be time to head outdoors and explore this beautiful area. Yes, Las Vegas is popular for gambling and extravagant shows, but there is a whole other magical world to discover in the great outdoors surrounding the city.
From hiking and kayaking to zip-lining and biking, don’t miss out on the amazing outdoor recreation near Las Vegas. Let the adventure begin!
1. Go For A Hike In Valley of Fire State Park
Known for its colorful rock formations, the main attraction of this 40,000-acre park are the brilliant red sandstone outcroppings that immediately grab your attention and keep you coming back for more. There are a number of great day hikes within Valley of Fire that take visitors past unique rock formations like Elephant Rock, Mouse’s Tank, and White Domes. Ancient petroglyphs and petrified trees are also common in the park, and the Visitor Center has some great exhibits and history of the area.
2. Hop on the Colorado River
While taking a tour of the Hoover Dam is definitely worth while, don’t miss out on exploring the section of the river below the dam, Black Canyon. This area is well-known for its slot canyon hot springs and amazing kayaking. One of the more popular springs is Arizona Hot Spring which can be accessed via a lovely hiking trail and features multiple pools. There are a number of different places you can rent kayaks, and a few outfitters will drop you below the Hoover Dam and pick you up 12 miles downriver at Willow Beach. This is a great opportunity to paddle, relax in the natural glory of multiple hot springs, and take in the beautiful sights.
3. Bike Through Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is Nevada’s first National Conservation area. Biking is the perfect way to see the red sandstone cliffs, joshua trees, open desert, and panoramic views. The paved 13 Mile Loop is a popular ride for cyclists (and scenic drives) and offers a great opportunity to see unique formations and wildlife. The Cottonwood Valley Mountain Bike Loop is a challenging single-track trail that was originally carved by wild horses.
Red Rock Canyon is also great for hiking and climbing. Seasonal springs and waterfalls can be seen throughout the area and there are climbing routes suited for both beginner and more advanced climbers.
4. Zip-line In Bootleg Canyon
Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon is only about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas strip and offers thrill-seekers an opportunity to experience 4 different zip-lines over the Mojave Desert. The journey begins with a fun pick-up truck ride up the canyon followed by a short hike. With speeds of up to 60 mph, this 1.5 mile course is an exciting experience for those seeking a natural rush.