Although Red Rock, Valley of Fire, and Hoover Damn are very popular destinations in and around Las Vegas, there is so much more to do that the average resident doesn't even know about!!! Here are a list compiled from, Vegas.com ,of other recreational items that are close to Vegas and worth visiting:
Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge
A popular location for photographers and city folks alike, Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge features unique plants, endangered pupfish, nature trails and picnic areas just outside Pahrump. Visitors can check out migrating birds in the fall and take a dip in the Crystal Reservoir during warmer months.
Brian Head Resort
Located a mere three and a half hours away from Las Vegas, you'll feel like you're a million miles away. The abundant greenery, lava flow formations and numerous lakes bring you into an entirely different world. During the winter, visitors can come here and ski without worrying about long lift lines. For a cool, crisp escape from the city, Brian Head Resort offers the ultimate seclusion.
Located in Utah, approximately 270 miles northeast of Las Vegas, the gorgeous Bryce Canyon National Park offers amazing views of vibrantly-colored rock formations as well as a diversity of trees, flowers and wild animals. Bryce Canyon is made up of 50 million to 60-million-year-old rocks, including limestone, sandstone and mudstone. Visitors can enjoy 50 miles of hiking trails for all fitness levels.
Cedar Breaks Nat. Monument
Located in between Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument sits at an altitude of 10,000 feet. Visitors can marvel in the beautiful red shades of the sandstone cliffs. You'll also catch views of wildflowers, green meadows, lakes and an abundance of trees. If you're looking for a change of scenery, then this place is for you.
Death Valley Nat. Park
The Death Valley Nat. Park is known for more than just heat. It features the Racetrack, an oval-shaped dry lake bed that has its famous rolling stones -- after a rain, winds blow the stones hard enough to fall off the cliff. The Ubehebe Crater (once a hangout for the infamous killer Charles Manson) measures an astounding 800 feet deep and a half-mile long.
Floyd Lamb State Park
Named after the former state Sen. Floyd Lamb, visitors can escape the city hype and sit amongst ponds, scenic paths and picnic areas at Floyd Lamb State Park, located in northwest Las Vegas. Many will be surprised by this attraction's history -- in the late 1920s, the Tule Springs Ranch inside this park served as a dude ranch for prospective divorcees. It also served as a cattle and vegetable ranch. Visitors can plan a fishing trip here as well.
Located 300 miles southeast of Las Vegas, the world-famous Grand Canyon offers breathtaking views of its towering, colorful cliffs and the ultimate escape from the city life. This well-known landmark measures one mile deep and almost 280 miles long.
Grapevine Canyon near Laughlin
Located in the Newberry Mountains between Searchlight and Laughlin, visitors venturing to Grapevine Canyon can witness ancient petroglyphs left by early Native Americans. For a little humor on your day trip, make sure to check out Christmas Tree Pass, where you'll see trees decorated with beer cans, plastic jugs and unmentionables. More info
Want the Jacuzzi experience, but don't want to skip out on the nature scene? Believe it or not, Nevada is home to approximately 300 hot springs.
Popular for its crisp, fresh breezes and various hiking trails, Mount Charleston is only a short trip away from the Strip. Part of the Spring Mountain Range, Mount Charleston rises as high as 12,000 feet in elevation. Wildflowers, waterfalls and a variety of trees can be seen here. For a quick getaway from the city, cabins and campsites are also available. More info
Please let me know if you need other suggestions! Enjoy your visit!
A. Kobena Greenlee
Motion Properties Realty, Inc.
Desert Valley Realty
Michael Stone, REALTOR
Keller Williams The Marketplace I
While some of these are "sort of near" Las Vegas, other great non-National Parks include:
- Red Rock Canyon
- Lake Mead
- Mt Charleston
VERY worth visiting :o)