Are there any National Parks near Las Vegas?

Asked by Alison Hillman, San Francisco, CA Thu Jul 19, 2012

Are there any National Parks worth visiting?

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Michael Stone, Agent, Henderson, NV
Fri Aug 17, 2012
Hello Alison, as mentioned already there are many National as well as State parks close to Las Vegas. As a Las Vegas resident my favorites include Red Rock Canyon, Lake Mead, Valley of Fire, and Mount Charleston. All of these parks can be reached within an hour! Feel free to contact me if you have any Real Estate questions or needs.

Michael Stone, REALTOR
Keller Williams The Marketplace I
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A. Kobena Gr…, , Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jul 19, 2012
Hi Allison!!

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, ,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.

Bryce Canyon
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.

Grand Canyon
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

Hot Springs
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.

Mount Charleston
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.
(951) 224-5725
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Wow great answer
Have a great day
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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Thu Jul 19, 2012
As you drive south, you can visit the DAM and Lake Mead, and south of that is a real big one
named Grand Canyon.

(And the parking lots do NOT have many trees!)
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Beth, Home Buyer, Maggie Valley, NC
Wed Jul 25, 2012
Zion National Park in Utah is beautiful. It is only 3 hr away and has wonderful scenery and hiking. It is one of the best national parks for scenery and is very accessible.
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raysantopiet…, , Las Vegas, NV
Fri Sep 20, 2013
Yes there are 13 National Parks that are within driving distance of Las Vegas. A good list is provided by Bindlestiff Tours here and also check out their articles on how touring National Parks on your own can be deadly!
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Jeffery Sklar, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Mon Jul 22, 2013
I just wanted to say WOW! A. Kobena Greenlee deserves an award for her answer. In all my years on Trulia, that is one of the most comprehensive answers I have ever seen!

Thumbs up.

Jeffrey Sklar
Desert Valley Realty
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Shirley Salv…, Home Buyer, Lake Las Vegas, Henderson, NV
Tue Jul 16, 2013
Here's a fair resource for state and national parks near Las Vegas:
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Roland Vinya…, Agent, Sprakers, NY
Thu Jul 19, 2012
I have visited a majority of the National Parks and have not found a one not worth a visit. Some are neat, some spectacular, but all have something special that warrants their inclusion in the NPS. None are real close, but there are gems within a day's drive: Zion, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Great Basin (under-used!).... Don't forget the National Monuments; some of them are every bit as good as the Parks.
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John Morrison, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jul 19, 2012
Red Rock is a National Monument and is just west of the city. Valley of Fire is a State Park. Lake Mead is a National Recreation Area. The only National Parks that are near are Zion, Bryce, and of course the Grand Canyon, but the nearest is about 2 1/2 hours away. Well worth the drive though.
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Christopher…, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jul 19, 2012
Red Rock is incredible. Ive been in Vegas for years and I still go there 2-3 times a year. Theres also the Valley of Fire, which is in the Lake Mead National Park. Also incredible. 4000 year old indian petroglyfs, natural wonders and a old old hotel site. Good luck.

Chreistopher Malandrino
iProperties Intl
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Mark Fleysher, Agent, Las Vegas, NV
Thu Jul 19, 2012

Red Rock Canyon is stunning, Lake Mead is amazing (check out the Hoover Dam), and more:
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Rob Flitton, Agent, Huntington Beach, CA
Thu Jul 19, 2012
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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)
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