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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
If you are not into gambling, visiting Las Vegas for more than three days can start to get boring. After two days you start to get fed up, because the sparkling lights and excesses of sin city can become a bit heavy. When there is nothing to do, I like to visit hiking destinations. I cannot spend the day at the pool knowing that near Las Vegas there is a wonderful world to discover. Below are tips on some Las Vegas Hiking areas to change your American trip to the adventurous side. Let’s begin!
How to get around in Las Vegas?
The best way to visit Las Vegas Hiking areas is definitely renting a car, you have a lot of freedom and it is also convenient economically. I decided to compare car rentals at Las Vegas Airport via Holiday Autos. I wanted to have a car and did not want to rely on expensive shuttle services or taxis. The experience was amazing and I saved a lot of money customizing everything I needed. I had a blast!
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is 40 km (24 miles) west of Las Vegas. A National Conservation Area which, as the name indicates, hosts a series of red rock formations. The most popular activities are hiking and climbing, since there are many walls that reach almost 1,000 meters (3,200 feet) in height. Entering the park currently costs $15 per vehicle.
Lake Mead is also not far from Las Vegas, it's about 60 km (37 miles). It is a large artificial lake created thanks to the Hoover Dam, which lies on the border between Nevada and Arizona and which takes water from the Colorado River, the same that flows into the heart of the Grand Canyon. The area, a National Recreation Area, is very popular with those who want to relax for a few days by camping and fishing.
There are some very scenic hikes around Lake Mead. Entering the park currently costs $20 per vehicle.
Valley Of Fire State Park
The Valley of Fire State Park is a little further, about 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Las Vegas. It is a protected area, a valley characterized by the massive presence of rocks whose colors range from deep red to straw yellow. A mix of warm colors that makes the landscape really interesting. Entering the park currently costs $10 per vehicle.
Heading west (241 km - 150 miles), into California, we find the fantastic national park of Death Valley that offers lunar landscapes. You should always visit with caution as the summer temperatures reach 50 ° C (122 degrees). It is better not to venture too far if you do not know what you are doing. Entering the park currently costs $25 per vehicle.
The Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of the preferred destination for those staying in Las Vegas. It is not very close; both the North Rim and the South Rim are about 450km (279 miles), this means that if you make a quick visit, allow at least one night. Undoubtedly the Grand Canyon is one of those wonders that all visitors to Las Vegas should see. Entering the park currently costs $35 per vehicle.
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