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

(702) 717-2386

$99 – 199

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.

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire Vistor Center, Overton, NV, 89040

(702) 397-2088


About an hour away from the strip is the stunning Valley of Fire. Covered in fiery Aztec sandstone, you can find petrified trees, petroglyphs, and one-of-a-kind views here.

Red Rock Canyon

1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV, 89161

(702) 515-5350

FREE – $20

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.

You may need reservations depending on the season and you will need a vehicle. Cell service is rare here so Uber/Lyft isn’t an option.

Mount Charleston

5375 Kyle Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV, 89124

(702) 872-5486


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

(702) 293-8990


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.

Gunship Helicopters

2771 S Sammy Davis Jr Dr, Las Vegas, NV, 89109

(702) 467-4613

$550 – 5,750

Go shoot a M249 SAW Machine Gun from a helicopter in the Mojave Desert. What else do we need to say?

Las Vegas Dunes Tour by ATV

4670 Polaris Ave, Las Vegas, NV, 89103

(702) 333-0999


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.

Hoover Dam

81 Hoover Dam Access Rd, Boulder City, NV, 89005

(702) 494-2517

FREE – $30

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.

Springs Reserve

333 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas, NV, 89107

(702) 822-7700

$10.95 – 18.95

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

(702) 624-7618


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.