(Note: I’m writing this while we are currently in 30 days of all nonessential businesses being closed, so please take into account of any park closures or limited hours, etc.)
As of now, all of these mentioned below are still open, although Red Rock has many entrance closures for cars, but you can still park and walk to the trails. Valley of Fire is only open during the day and is closed for overnight camping. (All visitor centers, museums, etc. are also closed)(Currently, they are also not charging any fees to enter the parks)
Many people only think that Las Vegas is all about casinos, hotels, gambling and drinking… and while yes, that is a huge part of our town… there are a lot of other things to do other than getting drunk and losing all of your money. If you’re into nature and love finding new places to hike… here are some of my favorite places around Las Vegas to catch some beautiful views and fresh air.
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- 1. Mt. Charleston – (no entrance fee) Only an hour drive from Las Vegas… Mt. Charleston has some of the most beautiful views, both in winter and summer. In the winter, the floor is blanketed in beautiful white snow. The trees glisten in the sunlight. The lodge is a great place to grab a hot chocolate or a Bailey’s with whiskey.😉
- 2. Red Rock Canyon – (entrance fee of $15 per vehicle) I live really close to Red Rock, it feels like it’s just in my backyard. So, it’s one of my favorite places to go for a hike and a little getaway from the city. Red Rock has so many different great trails…depending on your level and distance you want to hike. Some of my favorite trails are:
- Calico Hills Trail
- Calico Tank Trail
- First Creek Canyon Trail
- Ice Box Canyon Trail
- Latenight and Mustang Loop Trail
- Cowboy Trails MTB Loop
- 3. Valley of Fire State Park – (entrance fee of $10 per vehicle) About a 2 hour drive from Las Vegas, Valley of Fire is definitely worth visiting. The rocks and mountains are very different from Red Rock. There aren’t as many trails as Red Rock but the few that they have are beautiful!
4. Little Finland – (no entrance fee) I recently found this cool new hiking place not too far from Vegas. About a 3 hour (altogether) drive from Las Vegas. It’s a bit further than the other places I usually hike, but the drive was definitely worth it! (check out my blog post about a Little Finland where I have more information on how to get there and what to expect!)
- 5. Exploration Peak Park – (no entrance fee) If you don’t want to drive far at all… and you live in the Southwest area, this is a great place for a quick hike and some great views of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s located in Mountain’s Edge. The hike is easy and there is also a great walking path to walk, jog or run.