Scenic Hiking Experiences In Las Vegas

Scenic Hiking Experiences In Las Vegas

 

Are you looking to take the family on a scenic experience in Las Vegas, but don’t know good hiking trails that will be fun for all? We have you covered! Right in Vegas’ backyard are some of the most beautiful and picturesque sights to experience with an outdoor aspect for everyone.

Las Vegas has several different places for families to go, one of the most popular being Red Rock Canyon. People go to see the infamous “red rocks” and to hike or take an evening drive around the scenic loop. Another gorgeous experience is Mount Charleston is, especially for those visiting Vegas in the winter months. The snow and winter activities that can be done on the mountain are unbelievable. Lastly The Valley of Fire is worth the drive as it is full of rich and beautiful history.

 

Red Rock:

Red Rock Canyon has 13 miles of a beautiful scenic drive to admire the amazing canyons and peaks. A Visitor Center is located just past the entrance for guest’s convenience. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, plants throughout the canyon, wildlife to expect, and desert tortoise habitats. You can also bike, climb, and horseback ride as well. The daily entrance fee for a car/truck is $15 per vehicle. All entrance fees go towards upkeep to the canyon.

Easy/Moderate – Calico Tanks Trail

This 2.2 mile out and back trail offers wild flowers, beautiful views of red rock and a chance for some boulder scrabbles. It is well marked on the way to tank and the scenery is perfect in the morning hours. This trail offers limited to no shade so be careful in the summer months.

Hard/Difficult – Turtlehead Peak Trail

This 4.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail, beautiful views of Red Rock Canyon, and the Las Vegas Strip can be seen from a –top of Turtle Head. This trail has pretty steep inclines, & rock crawls. The trail is well marketed but it is easy to veer off the main trail at times if you do not pay close attention.

https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/lasvegas/hikes-trails/

 

Mount Charleston:

Spreading over 90 acres, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway offers a Visitor Center, Education Building, group picnic areas, two amphitheaters, trailheads, and expansive areas with benches to take in the views of Kyle Canyon and Charleston Peak. The Seven Stones Plaza at the Gateway honors the 7 Paiute tribes who consider this a sacred Nuwuvi creation place. Also found at the Gateway is the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial, the nation’s first national Cold War memorial.

From a cool escape in the summer to a snowy wonderland in the winter, the Spring Mountains offer a distinct change in seasons not normally found in the Mojave Desert. Fall colors and spring wildflowers delight hikers who visit during these quiet seasons. You can also horseback ride, climb, off road drive, bike, and experience the gorgeous scenic drive.

 

Moderate – Mary Jane Falls Hiking Trail

This 2.9 out and back trail is a moderate uphill hike with a ton of switchbacks, but the ending is beautiful with a waterfall (season permitting). The trail is very visible and busy. There are many places to stop and rest if needed. One of the busiest trails in Mount Charleston so go early and bring lots of water.

Moderate/Hard – Cathedral Rock Hiking Trail

This 2.7 out and back trail is located near Mount Charleston Lodge. It is best used from May until November and closed in the winter months due to snow. The travel offers thick patches of aspens and evergreen, views of The Cliffs with a drop off of 1,000 feet. Once you reach the  top, at 8,000 feet above sea level,  mind your snacks as the Palmer Chipmunks enjoy the views also. Please resist feeding them, by feeding them they will become dependent on humans for their food.

–Spring Mountain National Recreation Area – Off Rt. 160

Moderate – Hollow Rock Peak

This 5.4 mile out and back lightly traveled trail and is best used from September until May. The trail offers some up and downs and class 3 scrabbling to the summit. The trail gets a little hard to follow near the sandstone portion

Hard – Hidden Arches Hiking Trail

This 6.6 mile out and back lightly traveled trail is recommended for only well experienced adventures. The trail is used by rock climbers and hikers in the area. There is a hidden arch, hence the name. It will appear behind you once the trail seems to end.

https://www.gomtcharleston.com/

 

Valley of Fire State Park:

40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone, Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. You can also take a drive around the state park with their scenic drive to see all of the beautiful views. Day use entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.

Easy – Fire Wave Trail

This 1.5 heavily trafficked out and back trail and offers sandstone formations that resembles ice cream swirls and or ocean waves of pink, white and red sandstone. The trail starts off sandy and transitions into sandstone. There is no shade on this trail so bring plenty of water and avoid hiking in extreme heat.

Moderate/Hard – Prospect Trail

This 8.8 out and back trail offers spectacular views of Valley of Fire, wildflowers and wild life. Some areas of the trail are not well marked so use of a GPS is recommended. There are boulders and loose rocks within a wash that will need to be traversed.

http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire

 

 

 

 

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Experience What is in the Backyard of Las Vegas

Experience What is in the Backyard of Las Vegas

We all know that the Strip is what most come to Vegas for and for good reason, it is truly amazing and a one-of-a-kind experience! But are you someone who likes to go off the beaten path? See the scenery and what is in the backyard of Vegas itself? Las Vegas has some of the most beautiful canyons, hiking paths, and views to see if you venture just outside the Strip itself. Here are some of our suggestions for destinations for hiking or scenic drives!

 

Mount Charleston: 40 miles from the resort

From a cool escape in the summer to a snowy wonderland in the winter, the Spring Mountains offer a distinct change in seasons not normally found in the Mojave Desert. Fall colors and spring wildflowers delight hikers who visit during these quiet seasons. You can also horseback ride, climb, off road drive, bike, and experience the gorgeous scenic drive. Spreading over 90 acres, the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway offers a Visitor Center, Education Building, group picnic areas, two amphitheaters, trail heads, and expansive areas with benches to take in the views of Kyle Canyon and Charleston Peak.

Grand Canyon: 276 miles from the resort

Located in Arizona, Grand Canyon National Park encompasses 277 miles of the beautiful Colorado River and mountains galore. The Grand Canyon is rich with history and gorgeous sites. You can hike, take guided tours, take cultural tours, and more! The daily fee is $8.00 per person; all individuals under the age of 15 are exempt from payment.

Red Rock Canyon: 11 miles from the resort

Red Rock Canyon has 13 miles of a beautiful scenic drive to admire the amazing canyons and peaks. A Visitor Center is located just past the entrance for guest’s convenience. It includes indoor and outdoor exhibits, plants throughout the canyon, wildlife to expect, and desert tortoise habitats. You can also bike, climb, and horseback ride as well. The daily entrance fee for a car/truck is $15 per vehicle. All entrance fees go towards upkeep to the canyon.

Boulder City: 27 miles from the resort

Boulder City’s historic Old Town district is home to many quaint shops, museums, hiking, parks, trails, and outdoor activities. Close to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, many like to travel to Boulder City to experience another side of Vegas; one where there is no gambling!

Lake Mead National Recreational Area: 33 miles from the resort

This is the perfect place for outdoor enthusiasts! With the options of swimming, boating, hiking, cycling, and fishing at America’s first and largest national recreation area, there is something for everyone! With beautiful views of the mountains and canyons, there is always something to look at that you haven’t seen before.

Valley of Fire State Park: 54 miles from the resort

40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone; Valley of Fire State Park contains ancient, petrified trees and petroglyphs dating back more than 2,000 years. A Visitor Center provides exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory and history of the park and nearby region. You can also take a drive around the state park with their scenic drive to see all of the beautiful views. Day use entrance fee is $10 per vehicle.

Explore the natural scenic wonders outside Las Vegas.

Many travelers are drawn to the lights and excitement of Las Vegas, but too few are aware of the nearby natural wonders. Rugged mountains, canyons and deep desert valleys offer stunning scenery and myriad outdoor recreational opportunities. Below is a list of some of the most popular destinations in the immediate Las Vegas vicinity. Some are farther afield than others, but all are worth a visit on your Club de Soleil vacation if you have the time, a vehicle and the inclination. Book your stay today!

Mount Charleston (elevation 11,918 feet) is 35 miles from Las Vegas. At an average of 20 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, Mount Charleston is perfect for skiing, picnicking, hiking and horseback riding. In addition to year-round hotel accommodations and tours, full-service camping is also available from May through September. This is not your typical Las Vegas experience.

Grand Canyon in Arizona is approximately 300 miles from Las Vegas. Over millions of years the Colorado River has etched out this canyon that is one mile deep and 277 miles long. Sightseeing air tours can be booked almost every day of the year. You can also opt for a bus tour that takes you past Hoover Dam or simply drive there yourself.

Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas. It is a scenic area of sandstone rock formations and desert with a 3,000-foot escarpment produced by a thrust fault. Red Rock Canyon has a 13-mile scenic loop and a variety of plant and animal life. If you like rock climbing and mountain biking you are sure to get your fill here.

Valley of Fire State Park is only 55 miles northwest of Las Vegas and comprises scenic landscapes, hidden canyons and unique red rock formations. Remains of ancient Native American civilizations can be viewed here, and a visitor center provides tourist information. The park is open to the public year-round.

Bryce Canyon is located 210 miles northeast of Las Vegas in southwestern Utah. The national park is home to some unique rock formations with imaginative names like Pink Cliffs, Silent City and Cathedral. You can watch the sun move across the formations and capture a natural light display that will stick with you forever.

Mojave National Preserve is only 60 miles southwest of Las Vegas. This 1.6-million-acre preserve, which protects one of the most diverse environments in the world, abounds with sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests and mile-high mountains. Two visitor centers introduce you to the desert environment.

Zion National Park, 158 miles north of Las Vegas across the Utah border, is famous for its colorful sandstone canyons, hot rocky deserts and cool forested plateaus. Zion is the largest and most visited canyon in the park, and the views are amazing. Here, the Virgin River has carved a spectacular forge into the red and white sandstone. The 2,000- to 3,000-foot canyon walls loom high above the river and the tree- and grass-covered canyon floor.

Boulder City is just 30 miles east of the Las Vegas Strip on the way to Lake Mead. Built in the 1930s for the families of Hoover Dam construction workers, it is the only Nevada city that does not allow public gaming. Boulder City’s historic Old Town district is home to many quaint shops, several of which feature works by Native American jewelers.

Rhyolite is a well-preserved ghost town 120 miles north of Las Vegas near the small community of Beatty, Nev., which bills itself as the “Gateway to Death Valley.” Highlights of the area include ruins of the Potter General Store, Newton’s Grille, a school, several major banks, a house made entirely out of bottles and a railroad depot.

Hoover Dam is an engineering marvel just 35 miles southeast of Las Vegas. Formerly named Boulder Dam, this historic man-made creation tamed the mighty Colorado River and created North America’s largest manmade lake, Lake Mead. Take the tour down into the depths of this concrete structure and imagine what went into the construction. It is mammoth, and there is very little chance that you will not be impressed.

Lake Mead National Recreational Area is just 25 miles from Las Vegas at its closest point. With more than 550 miles of shoreline, Lake Mead Recreational Area offers outdoor enthusiasts year-round opportunities for swimming, water skiing, camping, boating, fishing, tours and cruises. A popular activity is renting a houseboat and floating around for a few days.