Hiking in Las Vegas

If you like to hike, Las Vegas offers plenty of desert trails--and even a few mountain paths. On desert trails, you'll find sandstone cliffs and surreal rock formations, hidden springs, and Native American artifacts. When the desert trails are too hot in summer, try Mt. Charleston, where you can see ancient bristlecone pines. If you don't want to drive too far, you'll even find a few hiking trails in Las Vegas.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is bursting with hiking trails. One of the most popular and accessible trails is the Willow Springs Loop, which is conveniently located close to a picnic area and several other trails. Watch out for water on all Red Rock trails after rainstorms and during the spring snow melt--some trails may be partially under water.

At Mt. Charleston, the Cathedral Rock trail is a challenging climb to the top of very big rock. Views are magnificent, but if you're afraid of heights, you may want to skip the last few feet out onto the edge. The Bristlecone Trail, also at Mt. Charleston, can be done as an all-day loop, or a simple up and back.

Within Las Vegas, the Springs Preserve has created hiking trails on its grounds. Inquire at the entrance station about free access to the trails. This is the place where Las Vegas got its name--when the Spanish stopped for the night at the springs, they dubbed it "the meadows" because of the grassy surroundings.

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Willow Springs Loop Trail

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HCR 33, Box 5500

See pictographs and an agave roasting pit on this easy trail... read more

Pine Creek Canyon Trail

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HCR 33, Box 5500

Moderate 2.9-mile trail... read more

Calico Hills Trail

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HCR 33, Box 5500

Trail that runs along the base of the Calico Hills... read more

Cathedral Rock Trail

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Highway 157 - Kyle Canyon

Climb to the top for a panoramic view of Kyle Canyon... read more

Ice Box Canyon Trail

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HCR 33, Box 5500

Moderate Red Rock Canyon hike to a seasonal waterfall... read more

Bristlecone Trail

Highway 156 - Lee Canyon Road

Scenic views of Lee Canyon Ski Area, Mummy Mountain, and serene aspen groves... read more

Wetlands Park

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7050 Wetlands Park Lane

A hidden oasis in the desert... read more

Corn Creek

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Highway 95, about 23 miles north of Las Vegas

Trails and ponds at the entrance to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge... read more

Springs Preserve

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333 S. Valley View Blvd

The birthplace of Las Vegas... read more

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Valley of Fire State Park

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Interstate 15 on exit 75, P. O. Box 515
(Six miles from Lake Mead)

Other-worldly rock formations on the edge of Lake Mead... read more
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