WHERE TO HIKE
What most people who find themselves on the Vegas Strip don’t know is that the best view of the glittering lights is from afar. While the Strip is buzzing with electricity and activity, not too far from the chaos lies natural wonders beyond anything man could produce: pure rock formations over 250 million years old, steep cliffs that poke into the clouds, not to mention about 300 natural hot springs. So why not trade in the casino chips and heels for a water bottle and hiking boots and head to the hills to fill your lungs with some fresh air?
NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA
RED ROCK CANYON
With 19 hiking trails ranging from beginner to advanced, discover the rainbow of natural colours splashed across the vibrant Red Rock Canyon. Keep your eyes open to spot the tracks of small dinosaurs stamped in the Aztec Sandstone as well as the fossils of sea life dating back to the Paleozoic Era - over 250 million years of history for you to explore.
Length and duration: 19 options of various lengths.
Distance from the strip: 20-30 minutes.
Park entry fee.
rocky peak views
A safe but tough little hike, the Lone Mountain Trail is a great place to take a break from the hustle and bustle of the Vegas Strip. It’s great for large or small groups and has a well-marked trail. While it’s a short hike, the 600-foot vertical rise makes the mountain a fairly steep climb, but the summit offers beautiful views of northern Las Vegas and makes for a lovely evening trip. Keep an eye on the ground as you go up and spot some interesting cacti and wildflowers pushing up the rocks. Pack some food and a bottle of wine and have a picnic at the top, or meet at the picnic tables at the park near the base.
Length and duration: 1.2 miles, takes 1 hour
Distance from the strip: 20 minutes.
There are 51 miles of trails for you to hike, camp and picnic on at Mount Charleston in the summer. You can even opt to be guided by naturalists to learn more about the plants and animals in the area. There's a trail for every level so you can chose your own adventure.
Length and duration: many options in various lengths.
Distance from the strip: 1 hour.
ZION NATIONAL PARK
The Angels Landing Trail is one of the most famous and thrilling hikes in the national park system, the towering monolith being one of the most recognizable landmarks in the Southwest. Zion's pride and joy runs along a narrow rock fin with dizzying drop-offs on both sides. The trail culminates at a lofty perch, boasting magnificent views in every direction. Rarely is such an intimidating path so frequented by hikers.
Length and duration: 5 miles, takes an average of 4-5 hours.
Distance from the strip: 3.5 hours.