Most tourists traveling to Las Vegas are unaware of the terrific hiking trails that are located around the city. With its close proximity to mountain ranges, state parks, Lake Mead, and the Colorado River, there are hiking opportunities just minutes from major resorts.
Red Rock National Conservation Area Hiking Trails
Probably the most popular hiking trails are found in the Red Rock National Conservation Area located about 15 miles west of the Las Vegas strip. Here you can find easy trails as well as difficult hikes and scrambles through an amazing variety of rock formations and canyons. Red Rock Canyon is made up of almost 200,000 acres of red and white sandstone cliffs, Limestone and Granite Mountains as well as open desert. A 13 mile long scenic drive offers visitors stunning vistas and over 30 miles of hiking trails. Along these hiking trails you can come across ancient Indian carvings, sea fossils that are millions of years old, and natural springs that appear out of nowhere. Hikers of all skill levels can find find trails that are both challenging and easy to follow.
Mt Charleston Hiking Trails
If you need to escape the heat of a Las Vegas summer just head 45 minutes Northwest to Mt Charleston where temperatures are usually about 30 degrees cooler as the hiking trails take you higher in altitude. These hikes will take you through Bristlecone Pine forests, past waterfalls, and canyons that you can literally touch both sides as you walk through.
Lake Mead Hiking Trails
When the summer temperatures finally give way to cooler weather head on over to Lake Mead and the Colorado River. Here you will find hiking trails that take you through old railroad tunnels, scenic overlooks of Lake Mead, and even several hot springs where you can take a dip and relax your muscles.
Wherever you go be sure to bring plenty of water and protect yourself from the sun. There is not a lot of shade in the dessert.