Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park is approximately 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas and is the oldest state park in Nevada. The Valley of Fire is most well-known for the 3,000-year-old Native American carvings that are found throughout the park on rock walls and in caves. The park is also home to many different species of plants and animals which are found during hiking and biking trips. Campsites and picnic areas are also available, along with a visitors center which helps point out the major areas of interest in the park. The Valley of Fire reaches temperatures upwards of 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer and is ideal for visits during spring and fall.
River Mountains Loop Trail
The River Mountains Loop Trail is about 35 miles of paved trails through Hoover Dam, Lake Mead and the rest of the Las Vegas valley. The trail goes in a loop and is specifically for biking, hiking, jogging or horseback riding only, and motorized vehicles are not permitted. The River Mountains Loop features a varied terrain and provides many areas to stop for sightseeing or to venture off the path to explore nature. Visitors should be prepared with a map, compass, water, sunblock and snacks before embarking on the trail.
Lake Mead is located about 50 miles east of Las Vegas and is the city's largest lake. Lake Mead is a popular spot for a myriad of water activities including swimming, boating and kayaking. The lake is also home to a sandy "beach" where many visitors enjoy sunbathing during spring and summer. Lake Mead also offers a campground area which welcomes both tents and RV's. Hiking and biking trails surround the area and allow visitors to enjoy the breathtaking scenery that changes with the seasons.
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley National Park is about 130 miles to the northwest of Las Vegas with half of the park in the state of California and the other half in the state of Nevada. Visitors of Death Valley find miles of desert sand dunes, colored rocks and mountains. Many people enjoy hiking or biking through the wilderness to see the flora and fauna which thrive in the harsh desert landscape. The park is open year round but is extremely hot during the summer months. Most people visit Death Valley in springtime for the mild temperatures and to see the blooming desert flowers.