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Hiking Las Vegas Blog
Las Vegas is known for its flashing lights and exciting nightlife more than its stunning trails or exciting sports games. However, Vegas offers both, and it's a great location for any active person interested in outdoor activities or sports.
For those who prefer to watch competitive sports, the city is home to most major American sports leagues. And for those who prefer to get outdoors and get active, there are ample state parks and well-marked trails that showcase some of the US’s most stunning landscapes.
Sports on the Strip
Given the location in North America's driest desert, it's odd that one of Las Vegas’s most popular sports franchises is their NHL squad, the Vegas Golden Knights. The franchise is relatively new, having arrived in 2017. Despite the Sin City's ample sportsbooks giving the Knights 500-1 odds for taking the Stanley Cup in their first year, the team did manage to make it to the Finals and has enjoyed a massive following since then.
Much like the team’s NHL franchise, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces also took to the ground running. The Aces' successful first season was followed quickly by the introduction of an MLS team, the Las Vegas Lights FC. However, the city recently welcomed another franchise (as well as a multibillion-dollar stadium).
Earlier, in January of 2020, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders officially moved to Las Vegas after years of speculation and then official restructuring. Since their relocation to the city, finding reliable handicapper analysis for NFL betting odds has been easy for fans of the Raiders—though whether or not the team is worth betting on remains to be seen. The Raiders will play their first pre-season game against the Seattle Seahawks on August, 14th.
Hiking Lake Mead
For those who prefer to get active themselves, Vegas isn't short on opportunities. Located just outside the city, Lake Mead is the US’s largest man-made reservoir. Many who visit the lake also check the Hoover Dam, which is what forms the lake.
Hikers will be delighted by the various trails available for those visiting Lake Mead, but there’s also plenty of history and other interesting points regarding its function in the US waterways. Nearly 90% of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area occupies the eastern portion of the Mojave Desert. Though many come for the lake vistas, the Mojave Desert also provides a unique look into a diverse desert ecosystem.
Hikers enjoy Mojave because the various rock formations include colorful waves and hues often not seen in geological structures. However, the winding path of these canyons combined with the searing heat (up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit) means that trails can be difficult. Luckily for visitors, guided tours are available and many hikes can be scheduled for early morning or evening hours to mitigate the heat.
Another major attraction to the Lake Mead area is the ghost town of St. Thomas, Nevada. The town was formerly submerged beneath the lake, but now contains a two-mile hiking trail that wanders through the ghost town.
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