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 pedestrian trails in the area are mixed-use, meaning they double as bicycle and equestrian trails. All of the trails offer respite from the bustle of the resorts. The very best trails in the region are in Red Rock National Conservation Area. Here, the Ice Box Canyon trail heads 2.6 difficult miles from the exposed desert up into a shady box canyon, where waterfalls appear after rainstorms, and La Madre Springs trail stretches 3.3 miles up an old fire road to a spectacular vista point. Trails on the other side of the Spring Mountains, in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, are breathtaking in a different way; in winter, there's snow all over the place, and the shade of the canyon keeps temperatures about 15 degrees cooler than they are on the Valley floor. Before you lace up those hiking shoes, remember that trails dot the landscape across a variety of sites, and you'll need a car to get from one trailhead to the next. And, of course, this is the desert, so you'll need to bring plenty of water, especially if you plan to spend at least part of your hike in the heat of the day.