Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just west of Las Vegas. Activities here include mountain biking, hiking, climbing and a 15-mile scenic drive.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is located 30 miles east of Las Vegas. Most activities here center on the water and include boating, waterskiing, fishing and rafting. Lake Mead also has hiking trails.
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park is located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. This park offers opportunities for climbing, hiking and camping.
Mount Charleston, the third highest point in Nevada at nearly 12,000 feet, is located 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas. Popular activities include hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking and camping in the summer and skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.
Grand Canyon National Park
For visitors to Las Vegas with extra time on their hands, a trip to the Grand Canyon is an excellent way to spend a long day. It is about a 276-mile drive east to the national park. For those with less time, a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon, which begins in Las Vegas, is another option.