Outdoors paradise minutes from the Strip
Red Rock Canyon – Adventures for the whole family
The iconic deep red-colored sand stone of Red Rock Canyon offers miles of hiking, trail running, road biking, and stunning scenic views — all just a short drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Red Rock Canyon also offers a myriad of kid-friendly outings including shorter-distance trails and opportunities to go “off trail” and scramble on rocks and down into ravines.
The hiking here is spectacular with difficulty levels from beginner (with kids) all the way to the challenging advanced hike up to the top of Turtlehead Peak. In addition to the established trails, you can simply explore, scramble, or even climb on the rocks in almost any direction. It is all too frequent to view a group of people high atop a lone sandstone ridge and wonder to yourself… “how did they get way up there?”
Find out more about hiking at Red Rock Canyon. Exploring Red Rock Canyon starts on the 20-mile scenic loop that circumnavigates the park. From here, most of the trails branch off and follow steep canyons, weave through river gorges and wind their way up the colorful sandstone rock faces. Tour Red Rock Canyon in an Exciting Jeep Ride!
Lower Colorado River
The portion of the Colorado River below Hoover Dam is also known as the Lower Colorado. This portion of the river is lined by the steep Black Mountains and is riddled with canyons, trails, hot springs, and is the natural habitat of the rare Big Horn Sheep. Some of the more remarkable hikes include Goldstrike Canyon, Boy Scout Canyon, and Arizona Hot Springs. Many of these hikes are accessible from either the Nevada side of the Colorado River, or the Arizona side. Kayaking is also the rage in the Lower Colorado whether you are an advanced kayaker with your own kayak or a novice on a guided tour make sure you check out Kayaking in Black Canyon.
The Spring Mountains (Mt. Charleston) offers a wonderful array of hiking trails, backcountry camping, and incredible views — all under the temperate temperatures that routinely are 20 to 30-degrees cooler than in Las Vegas, even though it is only 40 minutes away by car! Find out more about hiking on Mt. Charleston.
Las Vegas Area Hiking