Need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip? Sometimes, the best way to see the natural wonders around Las Vegas is to go off-road. Being in the desert provides you with plenty of options to find the perfect Las Vegas ATV tours. Whether your an adrenaline junkie or just out to see some scenery, an ATV tour can be an exciting way for anyone to explore some of the amazing sights and attractions away from the Las Vegas strip and can lead to some unforgettable and thrilling memories.
Just imagine yourself soaring over sand dunes at high speeds, exploring abandoned gold mines, or experiencing the beauty of the Valley of Fire which is famous for its beautiful rock formations and red sand or gazing across the blue waters of Lake Mead from high atop a sand dune. Experience levels can range from beginner to expert and the trails range from driving on easy roads to rugged terrain. Each tour is different and designed to meet the needs of your experience level. All Las Vegas ATV tours also include the vehicles, safety equipment, transportation to and from your hotel if needed and lunch and drinks. Just make sure to wear adequate clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.
Whichever Las Vegas ATV tour you decide to choose, any one of them can be an amazing experience for you or your family and something you will never forget. So, get yourself pumped up and take life by the wheel. Click here to see all the Las Vegas ATV Tours.
Since Las Vegas is surrounded by desert and mountains, there are hundreds of miles of hiking and mountain biking trails scattered around the city. The Las Vegas mountain biking community has a vast selection of technical singletrack, fast downhill, and paved trails for all skill levels to enjoy. For information about Guided Mountain Biking Tours click here.
Bootleg Canyon – Bootleg Canyon Mountain Bike Park is an extensive network of World Class Downhill and Cross Country mountain bike trails. The two dozen trails range from novice to expert levels, with names such as “Armageddon” and “Reaper.” Download Trail Map
River Mountain Trail – Currently with 32 miles of paved usable trail, when fully completed, the River Mountains Loop Trail will be approximately 35 miles in length and will surround the River Mountains connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Henderson, Boulder City and the rest of the Las Vegas Valley. Download Trail Map
Lakeshore Drive – Lakeshore Drive edges the water for a fairly easy but spectacular out-and-back ride. From the entrance station on Lake Mead Drive, take Lakeshore for a moderate 12-mile ride to the Alan Bible Visitor Center, passing amazing red rock formations along the way. View Map
Railroad Tunnel Trail – The “railroad tunnels” portion of the trail starts at the trailhead and hugs the hills on the southern shoreline of Lake Mead through 5 tunnels. The trail continues from there all the way to Hoover Dam. The trail starts out as loose gravel through the tunnels portion and then mainly dirt singletrack until you reach the Hoover Dam parking lot. View Map
Cottonwood Valley – Cottonwood Valley has about 140 miles of singletrack trails for all skill levels and amazing scenery of Red Rock Canyon to go with it. This trail system is a favorite of local Las Vegas mountain bikers. There are three trailheads that access this area. There is the Late Night Trailhead, the Cottonwood Valley Trailhead, and the Red Valley Trailhead. Download Trail Map
Cowboy Trails – The Cowboy Trails out near Red Rock National Conservation area are a mix of long climbs and a mix of downhill trails. The trails range from advanced rocky technical, to rocky technical. There are rock drops ranging from 2-5′ (with ride arounds) on the DH trails. Download Trail Map
13-Mile Scenic Drive – The 13-Mile Scenic Drive is a popular route for tourists in cars, but you can appreciate the amazing colors of its red rock cliffs even better on a bicycle. The moderate to advanced loop trail has a 1,000-foot elevation gain on paved road. You can extend the ride by looping the flat 35 miles along State 159 to State 160. View Map
Rocky Gap Road – Rocky Gap Road, is as it sounds, a fire road, not a singletrack mountain bike trail. This ride is a great place to train, but not really someone you would ride to improve your technical skills. The views are spectacular and you will get some great images of Las Vegas, but the real highlight to the ride is the downhill, it is fast with a good flow and tons of berms. View Map
Bear’s Best – Bear’s Best starts out as a 1.5 mile paved path heading into the housing tract which ends on top of a large diversion dam. After dropping a good 50-feet down the sloped face of the concrete dam, the trail heads west into the desert. The trail is mostly dirt singletrack with some exposed rock and a few small drops. View Trail Map
Union Trails – The Union Trails are mostly singletrack with a little bit of fire road riding. There is not much in terms of super technical challenges, there are a couple of fun features to do skills work but nothing extreme or overly advanced. View Map
Mt Charleston DH-Long Run – This is a really fun Downhill trail. The first part is really high speed with a few sharp turns. There are a lot of trees on this trail, so do wear gloves. You will reach the road again quickly. Cross the road and ride up the street to the dirt Overlook. The trail starts up again from here. As you descend you will reach a fork. Go left and you get a good long trek through the trees. Go to the right and you chop off about 3 miles but get some good technical downhill. No scary drops just lots of rocks scattered about in a wash.
Bristlecone Loop – Bristlecone Loop starts out with a steep 3 mile climb up a dirt road which then becomes single track for the trip down. Really fun 3 mile descent back to the car. Easy to follow singletrack, (some very technical sections) will lead you down to the Lee Canyon Ski Resort.
Anthem East Trail and McCullough Trails – Get on the Anthem East trail (paved) and follow it up until you get to the dirt. Enjoy the city views for now. Get on the singletrack heading left (east). Soon you’ll see the trail markers for the McCullough Trails This will give way to a 10′ wide well graded gravel path that goes another 7 miles to the east end of Mission Hills Drive (8.5 miles from Anthem Hills Park). You’ll only encounter hikers in the couple of miles near the trailheads. After that you’re out in rolling desert hills. Quite pretty. This is not technical by any means. But you’ll use all your gears and elevate your heart rate getting up the many switchback climbs. Download Trail Map
Calico Hills is one of the most popular destinations when it comes to Red Rock Canyon hiking trails because it has something for everyone. Calico Hills has everything from easy hiking trails to moderate and difficult scrambles. It is also popular with locals and tourists because of its beautiful red and white sandstone hills and canyons. While hiking and exploring you can also see rock climbers, Indian artwork, and find hidden canyons.
To get to the trail just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159 and pull in to the scenic drive. You can park at either the first (Calico I), second (Calico II) or third (Sandstone Quarry) turnoffs. At the Calico I parking area, the rocks are red and white striped and there are trails that head both east and west. This is probably the most popular are with tourists as you can walk a short distance for terrific photo opportunities. At the Calico II parking area the hills are a bright rusty orange and there are also trails that head both east and west. You do have to hike down a trail a couple hundred feet before you get to the good parts but its worth it. This area is very popular with climbers and has some of the best scrambling. If you hike to the west about a half mile there is a huge boulder about 30 feet high that has broken into several flat slabs that have Indian artwork that is very easy to find. The Sandstone Quarry parking are has trails that head back to the east towards Calico II and is much less traveled. This is popular with trail runners and also has access to several canyons. From this parking area you can also access the Calico Tanks hiking trail which will take you to the top of Calico Hills and has great views of Red Rock National Conservation Area and Las Vegas as well.
Whichever way you decide to explore Calico Hills you are going to be rewarded with amazing scenery. Don’t be afraid to leave the hiking trail and do a little bit of exploring. There is something new and breathtaking around every corner. There are also hikes for all skill levels but just know your limitations. Also be sure to bring plenty of water as there is very little shade and can get quite hot in the summer.
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La Madre Springs is a fairly easy 3.5 to 4 mile hike inside The Red Rock National Conservation Area which leads you to a natural spring that flows through the La Madre Mountains. The trail is very easy to follow as it is mostly a wide gravel path and is also family and pet friendly. Once you reach the spring you are treated to an oasis in the desert with several waterfalls, 10 foot high reeds,bighorn sheep, and frogs croaking in the background.
To get to the trail just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159 and pull in to the scenic drive. You will drive about 7.5 miles around the loop until you come to the Willow Springs Road. Turn right and go another .5 miles to reach the picnic area and parking lot. You can drive further up the road and park if you have a vehicle with high clearance. Start walking up the gravel road which will be Rocky Gap Road. After several hundred yards there will be a split where the La Madre Springs trail and The White Rock Mountain Loop trail split to the right from the Rocky Gap Road trail. After another half mile the trail splits again where White Rock Mountain splits off from the La Madre Springs trail, stay to the left.
After you hike for about 1.75 miles you will come to the spring which has been formed into a pool from a concrete dam that was built in the 1950′s. You can continue past the pool alongside the spring and see several waterfalls, the largest being about 12 feet high at about 2 miles into the hike. We were forced to turn around shortly after due to the trail becoming much narrower and muddy which made it very difficult to navigate. There is supposed to be a miners cabin and a couple of abandoned mines further up the trail but we did not reach them.
Once again this is a fairly easy hike as far as difficulty goes. You will get a nice workout though as the way to the spring is all uphill and you will gain about 600 feet in elevation. There is no scrambling involved and the trail is very easy to follow which makes it family and pet friendly.
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The Las Vegas Overlook hiking trail is a moderate 4 mile hike that will leave you with incredible views of Red Rock National Conservation Area and the Las Vegas strip. The trail is easy to follow up and back with no scrambling but can get steep in parts as you go up about 1000 feet in elevation. I wouldn’t recommend for younger children as there are some steep drop-offs along the way but pets are ok. The trail combines a nice desert hike through Joshua Trees and switch backs up Blue Diamond Hill to the Muffin Top. Once you reach the top, pause for a while and enjoy the amazing view.
The trail starts at the Cowboy Trails parking lot across from the Red Rock National Conservation Area. To get there travel towards Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159, instead of pulling into the scenic loop just park 1 mile south of the scenic loop entrance at the lot for the Cowboy Trails horse riding stables. From the parking lot walk through the gate and follow the gravel road past a shed and to the pen where the horses are held. Immediately after the pen there will be a trail on your left side that walks along the pen and takes you through a wash. Continue to follow this path as it takes you through another wash and into a canyon. At first it will seem that you have gone too far but this trail is taking you up the gradual sloping eastern side.
Once you start heading uphill the trail will split. Follow the path to the left and it will start taking you back northwest and towards the Muffin Top. From here until the top you will get a pretty good workout as it is mostly uphill to the top. Along the way you will pass some pretty cool rock formations where the Red sandstone seems to almost be oozing out of the other rocks and many fossils as well. Once you reach the top snap some pictures, hang out and enjoy the view and when you are ready just retrace your steps back to the parking lot.
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First Creek Canyon is a short easy 2 mile hike that ends up at a waterfall that flows year round. It is located outside of The Red Rock Canyon scenic drive so it is easier to get to then most hikes inside of Red Rock. The hike itself is over a wide flat trail with no scrambling which makes it a popular trail for families and pets. Along the hike you will enjoy the spectacular views of the Rainbow Mountains and you might even bump into a wild bureau or two.
To get there just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159. The First Creek trailhead is on the West side of State Highway 159 between the Spring Mountain Ranch and the Oak Creek trailhead about 3 miles south of the entrance to Red Rock Canyon scenic drive. Walk through the gate and follow the path up and out of the wash. Head towards the Rainbow Mountains and continue to follow the main path until you hear water. The trail will take you to a crossing right above the waterfall. To get a better view of the falls just follow the path that runs next to the water about 100 feet or so until you see an embankment that will allow you to get down to the water. Scramble over several boulders until the waterfall is in sight.
You will also have the option to continue hiking past the waterfall if you want but it does involve quite a bit more scrambling and the difficulty level increases the closer you get to the actual canyon.
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Cottonwood Valley is one of the best mountain biking areas around Las Vegas. Located in the Red Rock National Conservation Area, Cottonwood Valley has about 140 miles of singletrack trails for all skill levels and amazing scenery to go with it. I found this very cool video from mebikerace that shows off some of the great mountain biking trails you can find there. In this video they ride from Badger Pass to Big Yucca. Great job guys! See more Las Vegas Mountain Biking information here.
When it comes to Las Vegas hiking trails, Calico Tanks is probably one of the more popular in Red Rock Canyon. This trail gives you a little bit of everything Red Rock Canyon has to offer. Along the way you will see a mix of red and white sandstone, bristlecone pines, some rock scrambling and the trail ends with a natural bowl where water collects in the wetter seasons and a terrific view of Las Vegas. This is a down and back trail with a distance of about 1.25 miles each way. The path is easy to follow but will give you a nice workout as it goes up about 400 feet in elevation from the trailhead to the top.
To get to the trail just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159 and pull in to the scenic drive. You will drive about 3 miles in to the third turnoff which will be the Sandstone Quarry Trailhead. The trail starts at the Northern end of the lot and initially takes you through an old Sandstone Quarry. Once you past the quarry, follow the trail until it comes to a split. To the left will be the path for Turtlehead Peak so you will want to follow the path to the right and continue through a break in the sandstone. When the path starts to become sandy you will have an option to follow the hiking trail or scramble up the slick rock sandstone to the left. They will both eventually bring you to the same place up the trail. The slick rock is marked with cairns and the trail is well maintained by the trail crew with sandstone slabs placed as stairs in some of the steeper areas.
Continue to travel upwards until you reach the natural bowl otherwise known as the tank. In the wetter times of the year it will be full of water and is a great place to see wildlife. To the right of the tank there is a ledge you can follow to get around the water. Be careful if it is wet as it can get quite slick. Once past the tank continue to follow the path higher for an incredible view of the Las Vegas strip and the Calico Basin. Many people try to get up here early or stay later in the afternoon to see the sunrise and sunsets. Once finished turn back and follow the trail back to the parking lot.
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I have wanted to hike this trail ever since I moved to Las Vegas and finally got around to doing it! It is a fairly easy trail to find and follow and is great for family hikes and pets. The hike winds through White Rock Canyon down to the Colorado River and along the river for about .25 miles before you get to the hot springs. The area along the river is popular with hikers, campers and kayakers.
The trailhead is right off Highway 93 on the Arizona side of Hoover Dam. Right at mile marker 4 there is a turn off and a parking lot for White Rock Canyon. From here follow the path under the highway and continue through the wash. There are several other trails that split off but continue straight and follow the trail into the canyon. As you continue down the canyon the walls will get steeper and tower above you several hundred feet at some points. There is very little scrambling at this point and the canyon floor is made up of very fine gravel which makes for easy hiking going to the river but can be a little tiring on the way back up the canyon. Keep going until you hit the Colorado River.
Once you get to the river look for a trail to your left which follows the river bank. There will be a few spots where you will have to scramble up and over a couple of hilltops. If you are not sure which way to go just look for the blue arrows painted on the rocks. At about .25 miles you will come to an area that opens up to a nice little beach with great locations for camping. Look for another canyon entrance with water trickling through it, this will take you to the hot springs. From here it is a short hike up a couple of small water falls to the larger falls with a 20 foot ladder. Once you go up the ladder it is another short hike to the pools of water that are built up with sand bags. There are usually several pools and each one getting hotter as you go further into the springs. The water temperature is over 100 degrees so be careful. Once you are finished soaking in the hot springs follow the path you came down back to your car.
Just a couple of warnings to note. First, if there is any chance of rain avoid this hike as it is very prone to flash floods. Once in the canyon there are very few places to be able to get to higher ground. Second, save this hike for cooler months. The temperatures in and around the canyon can get up to 120 degrees in the summer months. Regardless of these dangers this is still a fun and enjoyable hike and I will definitely be hiking this one again.
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I have to admit, I was not very excited at first about this hike. After all it is just walking up a road. However, I was very surprised at how incredible the scenery was. Its hard to find a hiking trail in Red Rock that isn’t amazing. This is a very easy hike with no scrambling and is perfect for family hikes and dogs. With every turn of the road you will have different and amazing views of the La Madre and Rainbow Mountains. The road itself is not in great condition and does not get much vehicle traffic. I would not recommend driving on it unless you have a 4×4 with a high clearance. On our trip we hiked about 2.5 miles up the road to a high point with incredible views. The road itself is about 6 miles long and will take you to the Bridge Mountain Trailhead and eventually end up at Lovell Canyon Road.
To get to the trail just drive to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on State Highway 159 and pull in to the scenic drive. You will drive about 7.5 miles around the loop until you come to the Willow Springs Road. Turn right and go another .5 miles to reach the picnic area and parking lot. You can drive further up the road and park if you have a vehicle with high clearance. Start walking up the gravel road which will be Rocky Gap Road. Continue straight at the split for the White Mountains Loop and the La Madre Springs Trails.
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