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Las Vegas, NV: Little Zion

Visit Little Zion in Red Rock Canyon for sandstone canyons, springs, waterfalls, and massive ponderosa pine trees.

Las Vegas, NV: Hidden Forest Cabin

Leave the desert scenery behind as you hike beneath twisted rock spires and towering ponderosa pines en route to the Hidden Forest Cabin. This hike can be done in a day or as an overnighter.

Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak

Looking to escape the Las Vegas crowds? You better work! The trail up to Turtlehead Peak is strenuous—but the payoff is 360-degree views that you’ll likely have to yourself.

Las Vegas, NV: Fire Wave

People come from all over the world to see Fire Wave, an unusual wave shaped rock that rises out from the sandstone.

Las Vegas, NV: Arizona Hot Springs

Perfect in the winter, this desert hike snakes through ancient and colorful canyons to the hidden Arizona Hot Springs.

Las Vegas, NV: Corn Creek

Visit Corn Creek, one of Nevada's best birding sites and a desert oasis.

Las Vegas, NV: Calico Tanks, Red Rock Canyon

Check out the Calico Tanks Trail in Red Rock Canyon and you'll be face-to-face with interesting geology, cultural history, and diverse life.

Las Vegas: Grand Circle Loop

Escape the glitter and gridlock of the Strip on this 11.7-mile loop, which cuts across open desert to explore contorted rock figures and massive red-rock cliffs.

Las Vegas: Liberty Bell Arch Trail

This 4.4-mile hike leads to splendid red rock formations, a beautiful mesa overlooking the Colorado River, and a dose of gold-mining history.

Las Vegas: Cathedral Rock

This giant rock rises above a forested oasis in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Fill your water bottle before hiking this easy 3-mile, out-and-back.

Las Vegas: McCullough Wash Trail

Close to the city but far from the gridlock, this 5-mile out-and-back takes you over an arid lunar land­scape and pays off with expansive desert views.

Las Vegas: Bootleg Wash Loop

Cash in on big-money views above Lake Mead and the Vegas Valley on this rugged 4.6-mile loop in the River Mountains.

Las Vegas: The Strip

This 8.3-mile loop wins big for its endless slots, splashy waterfalls, huge buttes, incredible stars–even lions, and yeah, a few unmentionables, too.

Reno: Arc Dome Loop

This 22-mile Toiyabe Range loop offers a front-row vantage of vibrant aspen glades, crowdless peaks, and the frozen-wave geography of central Nevada.

Great Basin National Park: Lakes Loop

See trees older than the Bible, the only glacier in Nevada, and more on this 4.4-miler through the rippling Snake Range of eastern Nevada.

Reno: Selenite Peak

Over the course of 6 miles, you’ll see wild horses, tag a summit with stellar desert views, and, if you’re up for it, return via an off-trail route.

Las Vegas: White Rock Hills Loop

On this 7.5-miler, you’ll roam the geologically rich Red Rock Canyon, where bighorn sheep wander through desert gardens and piñon-juniper forests.

Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak Trail

You’ll climb 2,000 feet in 2 miles on this strenuous hike to Turtlehead Peak where rewarding summit views stretch for miles across the Las Vegas Valley.

Las Vegas, NV: Anniversary Narrows Trail

Sparkling gypsum deposits, weathered mining ruins, and a twisted slot canyon highlight this scenic 6-mile hike—less than an hour from Las Vegas.

Salt Lake City, UT: Mount Moriah

Summit a lonely wilderness peak in the stunning Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.

Lake Mead Recreation Area, NV: Historic Railroad Trail

Explore an abandoned railroad used to build the Hoover Dam on this 7.8-mile trail-and-tunnel route through the Aztec Sandstone Mountains of southeastern Nevada.

Las Vegas, NV: Gass Peak

This 6.3-mile out-and-back climbs 2,000 feet to the top of Gass Peak—the highest point in the Sheep Mountains just north of Las Vegas.

Elko, NV: Jarbidge River Trail

Trek across a sparsely populated corner of northeast Nevada.

Carson City, NV: Boundary Peak

Master one of the Silver State’s most challenging climbs.

Las Vegas, NV: Southern Highlands Radio Tower

An eclectic mix of trailside finds–from blooming cactus to abandoned cars and hot tubs to wandering coyotes–pepper this 7.5-mile hike to a summit overlooking Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV: Mary Jane Falls

Escape the heat of the Las Vegas Valley by trekking through a forested alpine canyon en-route to a waterfall, caves, and stunning vistas on this out-and-back 3.5-mile hike.

Winnemucca, NV: Summit Trail

Trek a high-mountain route bookended by colorful canyons.

Las Vegas, NV: Oak Creek Loop

This crowd-free, 4.2-mile hike in Red Rock Canyon features five-star views of the Sandstone Bluffs. You may even spot a flock of the area’s resident bighorn sheep.

Las Vegas: The Strip (Copy)

This 8.3-mile loop wins big for its endless slots, splashy waterfalls, huge buttes, incredible stars–even lions, and yeah, a few unmentionables, too.

Red Rock Canyon, NV: Calico Tanks

Tired of the bright lights & slot machines of the Vegas Strip? Head out to Red Rock Canyon for a rewarding hike that will take your breath away (in more ways than one).

Valley of Fire, NV: White Domes Loop

This 1.1-mile loop in Valley of Fire State Park features towering rock formations, tight slot canyons, and picturesque desert landscapes.

Las Vegas, NV: Fletcher Canyon

Explore a slot canyon outside Las Vegas on this 3.6-mile out-and-back in the Spring Mountains.

Red Rock Canyon, NV: Ice Box Canyon Trail

This 2.2-mile out-and-back in Red Rock Canyon explores a rocky, tree-lined wash pinched by towering cliffs and dotted with pools after a rain.

Elko, NV: Ruby Crest National Recreation Trail

Dazzling high-country lakes, glacier-carved cirques and miles of stunning alpine scenery render this secluded 38-mile National Recreation Trail a must-hike.

Southern Highlands Radio Tower

This trail goes through the desert. You’ll pass cactus flowers in March and April, abandoned cars & hot tubs and you might see a coyote or two. You can follow any road up to the radio tower – either at the base of the hills or near the railway. Bring water as it’s very dry and there’s no shade.

Red Rock Canyon, NV: White Rock Loop

This moderate, 6.2-mile hiking (or running) trail in Red Rock Canyon winds around sandstone and limestone hills with postcard views.

Las Vegas, NV: Mount Wilson via First Creek Canyon

Navigate a vertical sandstone maze to guaranteed solitude on a high-desert summit.

Arizona Hot Springs / Ringbolt Hot Springs

360 degree views of the mighty Colorado River sound breathtaking? How about a soak in natural hot springs? This hike has it all! Stay for an hour or set up camp on a nearby beach to take full advantage of this easy hike just one hour from Las Vegas.

Las Vegas, NV: Griffith Peak via South Loop Trail

Leave the glitz of the Las Vegas Strip for dazzling views on top of Griffith Peak, an 11,060-foot peak an hour northwest of the city.

Great Basin National Park: Pyramid Peak Loop

Climb out of the desert heat to breezy alpine solitude.

Hidden Forest Cabin
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Las Vegas, NV: Hidden Forest Cabin

Leave the desert scenery behind as you hike beneath twisted rock spires and towering ponderosa pines en route to the Hidden Forest Cabin. This hike can be done in a day or as an overnighter.

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Las Vegas, NV: Turtlehead Peak

Looking to escape the Las Vegas crowds? You better work! The trail up to Turtlehead Peak is strenuous—but the payoff is 360-degree views that you’ll likely have to yourself.

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Las Vegas, NV: Fire Wave

People come from all over the world to see Fire Wave, an unusual wave shaped rock that rises out from the sandstone.

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White Pinnacle Peak, Nevada

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This hike will tempt you to pack a parachute as sandstone peaks reach 1,500 feet above Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area's valley floor.

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Las Vegas: Grand Circle Loop

Escape the glitter and gridlock of the Strip on this 11.7-mile loop, which cuts across open desert to explore contorted rock figures and massive red-rock cliffs.

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Las Vegas: Cathedral Rock

This giant rock rises above a forested oasis in Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Fill your water bottle before hiking this easy 3-mile, out-and-back.

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