Vegas is for lovers—of the outdoors, that is. Within an hour, you can get to Lake Mead, Mt. Charleston, Valley of Fire, Red Rock Canyon, Wetlands Park and more.
It all depends on what you’re looking for:
Take a Hike
Take your pick. There’s Red Rock Canyon, a short drive up the road from Summerlin. You can also hit up Valley of Fire near Mesquite, a breathtaking state park featuring some famous hikes (trust us, hit up the Fire Wave trail). Get to Mt. Charleston early for beautiful fall colors, waterfalls and winter skiing. You’ll win some major brownie points with your visiting friends and families if you take them to even one of these spots. Even with the glitz and glamour of the Strip, it always ends up being everyone’s favorite.
Test the Waters
Water in the desert seems like an oxymoron. But you don’t need to go far to find it. Take a drive to Lake Mead so you can go swimming and boating–it’s a family favorite. There’s also the beautiful Clark County Wetlands Park. If you keep an eye out, you can spot some of Southern Nevada’s amazing wildlife. There’s also 100 public parks in Greater Las Vegas, and some of them have some great water features, including the 14-acre Sunset Park Pond for some good fishing.
Yes, golfing. It’s outdoors and it’s a classic Vegas pastime, don’t @ me. Las Vegans love their tee times. Angel Park Golf Club overlooks the Valley and Red Rock Canyon (double-plus outdoorsy), while the private Southern Highlands Golf Club was designed by legendary golf architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and his son. There’s also the famous Shadow Creek Golf Course frequented by legendary golfers like Phil Mickelson. You can even golf on the Strip—at MGM Grand’s Topgolf, if that’s more your speed.
So get ready to get outdoors a lot more than ever before.