Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip has everything you need and more to experience the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas. For those who want the grit and gravel, you’d be surprised to learn about the adventurous outdoor activities that can be found right outside of the city.
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Kayak the Colorado River
25804 N Willow Beach, Willow Beach, AZ, 86445
Believe it or not, you can kayak in one of the most beautiful, serene places only an hour outside of Las Vegas. With emerald green waters nestled inside of the Black Canyon, the Colorado River offers calm waters, natural hot springs, and unforgettable wildlife.
Red Rock Canyon
1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV, 89161
Red Rock Canyon is a fantastic hiking spot, loved by locals and visitors alike. About 30 minutes West of the Strip you’ll find a thirteen-mile scenic loop littered with trails. Go for the drive or stop by a trail where you can see anything from a Mars-like landscape, to petroglyphs, to views of the city, and even waterfalls if you visit at the right time.
5375 Kyle Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV, 89124
While we have tons of desert landscape, we also have a good ol’ fashioned mountain. Mt. Charleston is just under an hour outside of the Strip and offers a plentiful amount of trails ranging from easy to strenuous. During wintertime this is where the locals go to play in the snow, including a ski resort at Lee Canyon.
Arizona Hot Springs
Arizona Hot Spring Trailhead, Willow Beach, AZ, 86445
Hot springs are already incredible on their own, now pair that with soaking in between canyon walls, a gorgeous hike to get there, and being right next to the picturesque Colroado River. You can jump on the five-mile trailhead (which is considered to be strenuous) to get there or you can boat there if that’s more your speed.
Las Vegas Dunes Tour by ATV
3961 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, 89119
Hit the desert with your crew on an ATV tour. Go off-trail with this unique experience and let the adrenaline rush. Zip through the trails of Las Vegas Dunes, stop at the top of a peak for envy-evoking photos,and even learn the history of the area on your way there.
81 Hoover Dam Access Rd, Boulder City, NV, 89005
One of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders, the Hoover Dam is a must visit and is only 45 minutes away from Las Vegas. Entrance is free with guided and self-guided tours available, but just being there looking down the dam will leave you filled with awe.
333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, 89107
Often referred to as the “birthplace of Las Vegas,” Springs Reserve served as the first source of water thousands of years ago for the Native Americans living here; established on Nuwuvi, Southern Paiute, territory. The Springs Preserve is filled with 110 acres of native habitats and archaeological sites with 3.5 miles of trails, a peaceful botanical garden, galleries, and the Nevada State Museum.
Lake Las Vegas
20 Costa Di Lago, Henderson, NV, 89011
Lake Las Vegas is a master-planned community built around a 320-acre man-made lake half an hour outside of the Strip. More than just that, there’s plenty to explore in the area such as two resorts, a mix of delicious restaurants, golf courses, water sports, boat rentals, and trails to get around.