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Nevada Backpacking Trails

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.

Nevada Trips

White Pinnacle Peak Hike in Nevada

By: Kelly Bastone

This hike will tempt you to pack a parachute as sandstone peaks reach 1500 ft above Re 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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Pink Flamingos
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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.

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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.

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Wheeler Peak Glacier
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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.

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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.

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