Las Vegas Visitors' Information

Las Vegas Visitors' Information
Though most known for gambling and hedonistic activities, Las Vegas also offers a number of outdoor recreational opportunities near to the city for those looking for something to do outside the environs of a casino.

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

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.


Article Written By Susan Berg

Based in northern Wisconsin, Susan Berg has more than 10 years of experience as a writer and editor. Her work has been published in both print and online media, including the "Dayton Daily News" and BioZine. Berg earned a Master of Arts in journalism from Indiana University.

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