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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
There is more to Las Vegas than an atmospheric strip, glamorous casinos, and jaw-dropping entertainment, as it offers some of the finest hiking trails in all of America.
If you are a lover of the great outdoors and want to take your hiking experience to the next level, check out the following six ways to make hiking in Las Vegas amazing.
1. Find the Perfect Hiking Trails for You You can take your pick of brilliant hiking trails when you visit Las Vegas. However, top of your list should be Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which offers the Calico trail; ideal for beginners and offers spectacular views. In addition to hiking, you also can go:
You also can journey up to the Arizona Hot Springs, which feature several, natural hot pools and a stunning view of the Colorado River. You should NOT hike around Lake Mead during the summer months; it's far to hot.
2. Connect with Other Outdoor Enthusiasts To truly embrace hiking in Las Vegas, connect with other passionate outdoor enthusiasts in the city. For example, the likes of Hiking Las Vegas are a community of dedicated hikers worth reaching out to once you arrive, as they’ll know the best hiking spots and destinations to choose from when you visit.
3. Secure Accommodation Of course, you will want to relax in style and comfort after a busy day of hiking. Thankfully, you will never be too far away from a luxurious vacation rental home, which will provide you with a home away from home during your hiking trip.
Whether you’re hiking alone, as a family, or with a group of friends, you’ll find the perfect spot to rest up each night with the help of Vacation Renter.
4. Wear Many Layers of Clothing Temperatures can quickly change in Las Vegas, especially during a long hike. If you’re starting a hike in the early morning, you should dress warm and wear layers, which you can peel away as the temperature begins to climb.
Also, ensure you wear both a hat and sunscreen to effectively protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
5. Be Prepared for Every Problem Nothing can ruin a fun hike quite like aching feet or an insect bite. Ensure you’re prepared for an adventure by wearing high-quality hiking shoes, as well as long pants and sleeves that will protect you from both sun exposure, insects and prickly, desert vegetation.
It’s also wise to carry a first-aid kit with you on every hike and stock up on snacks to refuel your body.
6. Stay Hydrated Extreme thirst cannot only make you want to turn back, but it can also lead to dehydration, which can have serious consequences for your health.
It is imperative to take plenty of water with you to hydrate your body. You also can avoid dehydration by avoiding diuretics such as alcohol, tea, coffee or caffeinated soda.
The largest city in Scotland (not it's capital, which is still Edinburgh), Glasgow is a modern and dynamic city where interesting things always happen. And the best part is that many of those things are not going to cost you a single pound. Do you want to know which? So, pay attention, I'll tell you what are the best Things To Do In Glasgow and what to see in Glasgow for free.
If I were you, I would not waste the opportunity. Whether you're going to see Glasgow in a day or plan to stay a little longer, take note and make plans. Glasgow will surprise you for good and you will see citizens from many countries visiting the city.
1. Glasgow Cathedral
Built in the 17th century, Glasgow Cathedral is the oldest preserved building in the city. This imposing building in the East End of Glasgow is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in this city and one of the very few Scottish medieval churches that survived the Protestant Reformation. The temple itself is wonderful and it is worth exploring calmly. His crypt is a great place and if you are a fan of the Outlander saga you will be surprised to find out that it was used for the filming of the second season of the series.
2. Glasgow Necropolis
One of the best views of Glasgow is that which is obtained from the highest point of the Necropolis, its Victorian cemetery. This fascinating cemetery built in 1832 houses the tombs of more than 15,000 people in what is now a park full of sculptures, mausoleums, and gravestones that tell the story of a time gone by. Here are buried some of the most illustrious personages of the history of Scotland and several of the tombs were designed by the architect Alexander Thomson (one of those that I spoke to you in the article of the Route by the Glasgow Style). Local comedian Billy Connolly, referring to the necropolis, claimed that "Glasgow is a bit like Nashville, Tennessee: it does not care much for its living, but it takes good care of its dead.
3. Provand's Lordship
This impressive 15th-century house in front of the Cathedral is one of the few survivors of medieval Glasgow, which was demolished between the 18th and 20th centuries. In fact, if the cathedral is the oldest building in Glasgow, Provand's Lordship is the oldest house. Visiting it, as well as being free, is worthwhile as it allows you to keep an eye on how the wealthy classes lived in the city. Its low ceilings and worn stairs are two of its charms, but my favorite is, without a doubt, the garden behind it.
4. Museums and Art Galleries
As in Edinburgh, almost all museums and art galleries in Glasgow are free. So, you already know: if you do not want to spend a lot and time does not accompany, dare to visit them. I promise you will not regret.
- Modern Art Gallery (GoMA - Gallery of Modern Art)
The GoMA is the most important museum of contemporary art in Glasgow and you will surely recognize it by the statue of the Duke of Wellington with his everlasting cone in his head. The Modern Art Gallery was inaugurated in 1996 in what was once the private home of a wealthy businessman in the city who had been enriched by the slave trade, back in the eighteenth century. Today inside you can see the best contemporary art exhibitions in the city.
- Kelvingrove Museum
Of all the free museums in Glasgow, the Kelvingrove Museum is possibly the best. In its galleries, you can see some 8,000 objects of the most varied and ranging from the Spitfire plane flying over one of the rooms to the mythical painting of Christ in the Cross by Salvador Dalí. It is the most visited museum in the United Kingdom outside of London and it does not surprise me a bit. Give it a few hours and, if you go at noon, stay to see the organ concert.
- Hunterian Museum
The Hunterian is the oldest public museum in Scotland and its treasures range from meteorites to mummies and objects designed by Mackintosh. The bulk of its exhibitions is in several buildings on the campus of the University of Glasgow and my favorite is the one in the old part. It seems a real cabinet of curiosities and they have an exhibition about the Antonino Wall and the most interesting legacy of Rome in Scotland.
- Riverside Museum
Besides, because it is free and because it was designed by the great architect Zaha Hadid, if you visit Glasgow you can’t miss the Riverside Museum. This state-of-the-art complex located in the place where the Kelvin River and the Clyde River come together allows you to explore the history of transport in the city. You will see the first meters and trams that crossed the city, steam locomotives, bicycles, and even skateboards. It is super interactive, and I promise you to like it.
- People's Palace
Maybe you have never heard of People's Palace & Winter Gardens. Well, this small museum located in the East End of Glasgow is quite a surprise. If you want to discover everything about the history of the city and its inhabitants from 1750 to the present, come closer. And if history does not convince you, get closer, if only to take a walk among palm trees and exotic plants in your Victorian greenhouse.
- Burrell Collection
Okay, the Burrell Collection is closed for renovations until 2020. But if you can wait a couple of years, come to this spectacular collection of art that is the result of collector zeal Sir William Burrell, who donated it to the city. They have works by Rodin, Degas, Cézanne, medieval, Chinese, Islamic art and much more.
- Saint Mungo's Museum of Religious Life & Art
This museum is between Glasgow Cathedral and Provand's Lordship, so you have no excuse. As its name suggests, being a museum of religious art, it is a very quiet place. And also, a good place to explore the importance of religion in the lives of people all over the world and throughout history.
- The College of Piping
Did you know that in Glasgow there was a museum dedicated to bagpipes? Well, there is. The Museum of Piping houses the world's most important collection of everything related to the Highland Bagpipes. It is very "niche" but if you are interested in the subject, go to this center and take a look.
Everyone knows it's hot in Vegas during the summer. I mean this is the desert, but there are hikes you can do in Red Rock Canyon during the summer and not roast!
Rule 1: Get an early start
By early I mean be at the trailhead by 6 am. Why? Two reasons: First, it's much cooler at 6 am.
Second: The hikes I list have lots of shade early in the morning.
Rule 2: Pick hikes with lots of shade. It's amazing how much cooler you are in the shade.
Rule 3: Wear cotton. Cotton has a cooling effect.
Rule 4: Bring lots of water. I would say 3 liters to be safe.
Show Me the Hikes!
All these hikes are short and have lots of shade.
Muffin Boulders - an easy trail hike with great views from the top.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 830 feet of elevation gain.
Kraft Mtn - fun scrambling route (West Route).
Stats: Two miles up and back with 980 feet of elevation gain
Boot Boulder - short scrambling route on class 4 rock.
Stats: 2.2 miles up and back with 950 feet of elevation gain.
Oak Creek Overlook - moderate scrambling route with a rope just below the summit.
Stats: Four miles up and back with 1,450 feet of elevation gain
These hikes are relatively short and start at a much higher elevation ` 5,500 feet
Windy Peak from the backside - mostly trail hike with good views at the summit.
Stats: Five miles up and back with 1,154 feet of elevation gain
Global Peak from the backside - Cool peak with the option of doing a rappel.
Stats: 4.5 miles up and back 1,438 feet of elevation gain
Hollow Rock Peak from the backside - Scenic hike with a class 4 boulder that is the summit.
Stats: 5.2 miles up and back with 1,657 feet of elevation gain
These are my top hikes to do during the summer months in Red Rock Canyon.
See you at the peak,
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Each spring, thousands of keen hikers descend upon Southern Nevada in a bid to tackle the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area trails. It is an incredibly fun and picturesque walk to embark on amid the springtime climate, so it’s popularity during this season comes as no surprise.
If you’re a hiker and want to try out Red Rock Canyon, you need to bear in mind that your safety is going to be put in jeopardy the moment you embark on the trail. By failing to plan beforehand or making one wrong move while you are out hiking, you could land yourself in serious danger.
Here’s how you can stay safe while you hike the length and breadth of Red Rock Canyon:
Keep the weather forecast in mind
As you are probably already aware, even during the spring, the Southern Nevada weather can be unforgiving at times. Forget to take Mother Nature into account in this instance, then, and you will more than likely land yourself in real danger.
Most of the time during this season, the Mojave Desert climate is warm and sunny — on the odd occasion, though, the blistering heat of the Nevada summer will come early, and temperatures will sore. If the temperature is forecasted to be particularly high, it’s best to avoid hiking completely. On the other hand, if it’s supposed to be excessively windy, rainy, or stormy (which it very well can be during the springtime in Nevada), then it’s best to stay at home and wait for the bad weather to pass. There’s absolutely nothing to be gotten from you choosing to, maybe quite literally, enter the eye of the storm and tackle Red Rock Canyon when the weather is tumultuous, so check the weather forecast before you embark on your trail to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.
Hike in groups
To ensure that there’s someone there to assist should you, say, fall victim to one of Red Rock Canyon’s many uneven and cracked surfaces, you need to resolve to only ever hike in groups. There’s nothing to be gotten from you trying to tackle this trail alone, so put that ego to the side and don’t do it!
If you have no friends or family members who want to hike the Canyon with you, then make sure to keep an eye on www.escapewithpro.com. Here, you will find information on a wide range of multi-day group hikes — it’s down to you to keep tabs on the website in order for you to be the first to see when a Red Rock Canyon hiking expedition is taking place.
Do not overexert yourself
Even if you have embarked upon your hike with a group of people that are far more accomplished at walking long distances than you are, it’s essential that you do not overexert yourself. Red Rock Canyon is home to a plethora of trials, each of which varies in difficulty, so you’ll always be able to find one that suits your hiking skillset.
If you ever choose to hike across Red Rock Canyon, you have to remember that staying safe is paramount. Take the above advice, then, and make sure you finish the trail in one piece!
In 2018, there were over 42.1 million visitors to Las Vegas, and odds are, most came to gamble in the casinos and take in the shows. But the entertainment capital offers a whole lot more, including some fantastic scenic hikes just a short drive outside of the city.
Keep in mind that the best time to visit for getting out on the trails is between November and March when it’s cooler. Hiking in the summer during the day isn’t advised as temperatures can reach as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit in some places – in the shade.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Just 17 miles west of Las Vegas in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, there are over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails. The Calico Hills are near the visitor center and are the area’s signature feature. You can access it from several points along the trail that runs from the visitor center to the Sandstone Quarry which runs along the front side of the red stone ridge before leading into the heart of the stunning rock hills and boulders. While the total length of the hike is six miles, most opt to hike a shorter portion, making it easily doable as a quick day trip from the city.
If you’re looking for something longer, the White Rock-Willow Spring Loop traverses 4.4 miles of diverse scenery, from desert and cactus to mountains and pine trees, with opportunities to spot view petroglyphs, bighorn sheep and other wildlife along the way. Adding the La Madre Spring trail will bring you to a year-round spring and bring the trek to a total of six miles.
Valley of Fire State Park
Only an hour’s drive from Las Vegas, you’ll find Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. It’s home to stunning rock formations that make it look as if the landscape is shooting fire from the sands of the desert. Created more than 150 million years ago through erosion, you’ll be able to see them along with ancient petroglyphs and trees by hiking, with a number of easy, short and colorful options for all levels and ages of hikers.
If you only have time for one hike here, make it the 1.2-mile Fire Wave trail which brings breathtaking vistas of the colorful rock mounds and hills that are stretched out in every direction. In the spring, there are colorful wildflowers, and just about any time of year you might glimpse some bighorn sheep too. The trail leads across a sandy slope from the parking lot, bringing views of the red rock ridges and mountains in the distance. Brilliant hues or orange, pink, yellow and red will be laid out before you, bringing the opportunity to explore both on-trail, and off.
Less than 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip, Lake Mead straddles the border between Arizona and Nevada as one of the world’s largest manmade lakes. It’s famous for its awe-inspiring scenery that includes views of Joshua trees, red sandstone rocks and lava hills in addition to providing the opportunity for all sorts of outdoor adventures, including hiking. While there are multiple options, the Red and Black Mountain trail is 5.6 miles round trip and brings spectacular views of both Lake Mead and Las Vegas.
So, you’re heading home after several months of being the road, meeting new people, visiting exotic places, trying new foods, and having some of the most unforgettable experiences of your life. So, when your front door is in sight, the temptation is to just slump onto the sofa and recuperate after your long flight home…
Post-travel blues might kick in for some and others might jump straight back into their old life as if their travelling experience never happened. But, before you get too comfortable on the sofa, or get lost in those endless emails, you have a few things you need to sort out. I know, I know, travelling seems like an endless array of to-do lists and pre-planning organisation and it doesn’t stop once you’re back on home turf!
Read on for 4 things to do when you come home from travelling.
Sort through your memories
You can probably tick off many places on the map of the world, and you’ll have some awesome memories to go with it. From gorgeous photographs that you didn’t share on your social media pages, to that beautiful sari that you bartered for on that market stall in Mumbai, you need to take some time and go through everything you’ve brought home with you. Find special places for your souvenirs and get those images printed off and displayed all around you. Don’t let them sit on your memory cards or in your phone gallery for the rest of your life!
Go over your bank and credit card statements
This is something everyone should do, even if they haven’t been travelling. But now you’re back home, it’s a good idea to check your accounts and make sure that nothing looks suspicious.
Identity theft is a growing problem, and because us travellers tend to carry plenty of information about ourselves with us on our travels, use unsecure internet connections and use our credit cards in all kinds of scenarios, it’s easier than you think for someone to steal you identity and empty your accounts. Check them now and speak to your bank about any irregularities.
Turn off your phone package
If, like many travellers you invested in an international package on your phone while you were travelling then take a moment now to cancel it. This is important as you might end up paying for it for months before you remember about it!
Administer a little TLC
Travelling takes its toll on your body. Even the most experienced and hardened traveller will tell you that sometimes you need to take a break. So, now that you’re back home make sure you’re not over doing it. Take the opportunity to catch up on all that lost sleep, hit the gym if you’ve been a little sedentary over the past few months, or treat yourself to a massage to help with all those aches and pains from sleeping on uncomfortable buses, the benches at the airport and uncomfortable hostel bunks.
Most people think of a vacation as an undertaking where you go to one destination and spend your time there enjoying yourself. This can be an exotic island or a big city. It can be a theme park, or someplace that is barren and mysterious. The plan is to get to this place and to enjoy whatever is there and then to go back home after that trip.
There are other types of vacations however that give you an opportunity to see multiple places during your vacation. In fact you can have a vacation where you see very different types of topography and architecture. A trip where you can enjoy lots of different types of food and entertainment and have all of it be authentic to its roots. All of these vacations require you to do them on the move and here are some of the best for you to consider.
Sailing can be a really fun and adventurous vacation for an entire family. You get
the chance to spend time on a beautiful chartered boat that sails through the seas and oceans swiftly and quietly. Sailing is a great way to get the family together for some bonding on the sea. Companies like Vyra.com offer a wide range of sailboats that you can charter and sail around the Mediterranean allowing you to visit several port in some of the most desirable countries in the world including Italy Spain. France and Greece.
You can rent a boat for a week or a month and expect to have the latest amenities and smooth sailing by a professional crew. The charters include food and accommodations and are available year round. You can make your own personal itinerary to visit the places you want to see o to just relax and sail.
A Yacht is the ultimate house on the sea concept with different yachts having all of the amenities of a high end home. They have luxurious state cabins and accessories like Jacuzzi tubs, theaters and private gyms for daily workouts. Some can also dock at the most difficult to reach islands and allows guests to experience the ultimate in privacy and cool. Depending on the type and size of yacht you charter, you can expect to have an all-inclusive experience or one where you make constant stops to have meals and for entertainment. But each yacht will also allow you to do some fishing, scuba and snorkeling directly from the deck. Travel to several countries and arrive by port then take off in a day or two for your new port and enjoy the cruising all the while.
Recreational vehicles used to be low end affairs that were difficult to drive and offer the bare minimum in comfort. Today however you can rent RVs that are literally houses on wheels. Some have game rooms and full kitchen and even sleep up to a dozen people. You can take them across the country and stop in any climate or terrain you choose. Many families rent them and go on a themed vacation, stopping at particular events that fit that theme. The theme might be sports, music, and even art. The comfort is phenomenal and the ride is so smooth you will forget you are moving.
Having a mobile vacation allows you to see many places ad do a variety of things on one vacation.
Las Vegas is one of those places that is on many bucket lists as it is a one-of-a-kind destination, full of glitz and glamour. Often dubbed “the city that never sleeps,” the Las Vegas skyline is always alight with a vibrancy that would be hard to find anywhere else in the world.
If you are thinking about traveling to this incredible place, then start by doing your research and visiting high-quality travel blogs, such as mrhudsonexplores.com, to get all of the essential information you are going to need to have the time of your life and take your pick of the incredible attractions Las Vegas has to offer tourists.
To give you a helping hand to choose where you want to spend your time when in Vegas, this useful guide has been put together to recommend you the top four things you must experience on your trip and why.
1. The Grand Canyon
One of the first things that tend to jump to peoples minds when they think of visiting Las Vegas is the breath-taking phenomena of the Grand Canyon. It is widely believed that the mammoth Colorado River carved the Grand Canyon into the rocky landscape some five to six billion years ago, making it a site of both geographical and historical interest.
What’s more, there are a vast variety of different ways to tour the Grand Canyon, depending on how well you do with heights! For the very adventurous, you can glide over the landscape in a helicopter or climb the mountain on the back of a mule. If you prefer a slightly less daredevil experience, then taking a minibus tour will be just the ticket to see this incredible landmark.
2. Take in a spectacular show
Another staple of Las Vegas is the vast range of live shows they put on. When looking at the best shows in Las Vegas, it is easy to see that there really is something there for everyone to enjoy, from music to magic to acrobatics. In Las Vegas, you cannot help but be entertained at every hour of the day 3.
3. The Strip
You can use an online guide to find out before you embark on your adventure to Las Vegas, but essentially The Strip is the place where you can find just about anything. Great shopping, street performers, photo opportunities, and a whole host of local color to provide you with a memorable experience of the place.
4. The Bellagio Water Show
The final experience you can’t leave Las Vegas without doing is taking in a show of the stunning Bellagio Fountains. These fountains have been made famous from their appearance in countless Hollywood Film and popular TV shows, and for good reasons too! The combination of powerful water jets, lights, music, and the stunning backdrop of the Vegas skyline make it the ultimate place to share a drink in the evening and take in the sheer spectacle that is offered by Vegas.
Las Vegas is known for its nightlife and casinos, but depending on the length of your stay, hitting the slots will only take up so much of your day. The same goes for hiking. While there are plenty of beautiful hiking areas around Las Vegas to check out — such as Red Rock Canyon and the Grand Canyon — you might not want to do this every day. So, what else is there to do in Vegas?
Luckily, there is something for everyone. There are plenty of great shows to see, from comedy shows, to magic shows, to puppet shows — and many other types of performances. Many musicians also stop in Vegas while on tour, or else set up shop for a while and perform a number of shows. There are also lots of great restaurants and activities fit for the whole family. The real struggle will be narrowing down what you want to do, not having too little to do. So, when you’re not hiking or at the casino, here are some ideas for what to do in Vegas:
Check Out the Entertainment Shows
There’s a lot to do and see in Vegas, especially when it comes to entertainment. Some of the most popular shows are: the six Cirque du Soleil shows (such as Michael Jackson ONE, the Beatles LOVE, and Blue Man Group), the Tournament of Kings at Excalibur (a dinner show), Absinthe (an over-the-top burlesque show), Penn and Teller (a comedy and magic show), V - The Ultimate Variety Show (which includes circus stunts and comedy), and Terry Fator’s ventriloquist show. This is just a small selection of all that Vegas has to offer, so check out the event lists at specific venues and on Google to get a better idea of the many other shows currently happening in Vegas.
Enjoy Some Music
Vegas is a great place to see one of your favorite bands or musicians. For example, some of the current or upcoming headliners are Celine Dion, Cher, Lady Gaga, Van Morrison, ZZ Top, the Backstreet Boys, James Taylor, and Aerosmith. Another option is to check out one of Vegas’s many music venues, like House of Blues (where you can hear live music and grab a bite to eat), Velveteen Rabbit (for themed events like ‘90s night), and Double Down Saloon (which has a variety of free shows).
Dine at a Top Restaurant
Las Vegas is known for having some of the best restaurants around, so a trip to Vegas is the perfect time to treat yourself to a great meal. If you have money to spend and you’re in the mood for Japanese food, head to Raku on Spring Mountain Road. At the Wynn Hotel, check out Cipriani (Italian) and Lakeside (steak and seafood) for their food and their artistic interiors. Other popular, top-rated spots include Sinatra (Italian), Joel Robuchon (French), Andiamo Steakhouse, and Twist by Pierre Gagnaire (French).
If you’re traveling to Vegas with your family, you might want some additional options besides checking out the entertainment or food. One option is to take a ride on the High Roller at The LINQ, which is the tallest observation wheel in the world at 550 feet. This activity only takes about 30 minutes and you’ll get incredible views of the Strip and the valley. If you’re feeling even more adventurous, consider taking a helicopter tour of Las Vegas or the Grand Canyon. Want to stick to the ground? Another option is to visit the Madame Tussauds wax museum at the Venetian resort, which features more than 100 celebrity wax figures — a trip that will be sure to please every member of your family.
If you’re looking for some additional activities outside of hiking and experiencing the nightlife, there’s plenty to do in Vegas. Be sure to check out some of the above activities before your trip so you’re never stuck with the same old routine in Vegas.
Branch Whitney is the author of Hiking Las Vegas and creator of the 52 Peak Club where members hike to the best 52 Peaks around Las Vegas, NV