Las Vegas Sports & Activities

Yes, the Las Vegas Valley sits smack in the middle of a desert that maintains triple-digit temperatures in mid-June, July, and August. But nearly all other times of year, the Las Vegas climate is perfect for enjoying the great outdoors. Ironic, but a town that was built on indoor casinos has plentiful options for outdoor recreation. Because many visitors rarely venture beyond their resort pools for outdoor recreation, those who choose to explore the surroundings often have hiking trails and open spaces all to themselves.

You can explore the region by bicycle, on foot, on horseback, and more. Other activities include bird-watching, rock climbing, golf, and skiing. And when the desert heat is too much, you can chill out in one of Vegas's many bowling alleys. Perhaps the four most popular places to get out and about are Lake Mead National Recreation Area (boating), Lake Las Vegas (fishing, boating), Red Rock National Conservation Area (hiking, biking, rock climbing), and Spring Mountain National Recreation Area (skiing! snowshoeing! sledding!). Another huge draw: the 36-mile River Mountains Trail, a paved loop that's perfect for bicycling or running. Beyond the green felt you can discover many additional activities to get your heart rate up in this town.


Bowling in Vegas incorporates elements of casinos, bars, and nightclubs, with lively crowds to match. Locals take their leagues seriously, so...


With an average of 315 days of sunshine a year and year-round access, Las Vegas's top sport is golf. The peak season is any nonsummer month...

Las Vegas Auto Racing

Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Although the Las Vegas Motor Speedway is home to NASCAR and NHRA events throughout the year, it also is a mecca for...

Las Vegas Biking

One of the best ways to explore Las Vegas Valley is by bike. Outside of the urban area, roads are flat with spacious shoulders, providing great...

Las Vegas Bird-Watching

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. More than 200 bird species have been spotted among the system of nine ponds at the 100-acre Henderson Bird...

Las Vegas Hiking

Sweeping vistas. Ochre-color rocks. Desert flora and fauna. These are just some of the reasons to love hiking in and around Las Vegas. Most...

Las Vegas Horseback Riding

Cowboy Trail Rides. The best way to explore the mountains of Red Rock National Conservation Area is by horseback, and Cowboy Trail Rides has...

Las Vegas Skiing and Snowboarding

Hard to believe, but fewer than 50 miles from Downtown Las Vegas there are good skiing and snowboarding trails at the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard...


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