Las Vegas: The Strip - Backpacker

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.

-Mapped by Bob Wold and Kris Wagner

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 12.1



Location: 36.114182, -115.172419

Note: Pace yourself and stay hydrated. This night-time hike is exhausting, possibly expensive, and dangerous for untrained amateurs. Bally's trailhead: Turn N on main Strip, leaving the two 26-story rock towers

Pink Flamingos

Location: 36.118732, -115.172194

These are the largest flamingo feathers East of the Mississippi.
© Bob Wold


Location: 36.118711, -115.172328

Pink flamingos flock near clear pools and palms of Harrah Valley. Stay N


Location: 36.121792, -115.171459

Gigantic Venetian butte dominates the technicolor skyline

Venetian Butte

Location: 36.12174, -115.171212

Venetian butte and Phantom tower © Kris Wagner

Mirage Butte

Location: 36.124079, -115.17001

Careful: Hallucinations are common near Mirage Butte.
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.125172, -115.168999

Easy climb through trees. Ahead, several milky waterfalls burst from the dark walls of the Wynn monument

Wynn Falls

Location: 36.126801, -115.168122

A multi-tier waterfall near Wynn monument
© Kris Wagner

Falling Stars

Location: 36.134721, -115.162908

Look closely for Stardust.
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.134677, -115.163112

Trail enters the Riviera, a curved plateau streaked with fallen stars


Location: 36.146118, -115.155701

Cross Las Vegas Blvd. to the Stratosphere, tallest "tower" W of the Mississippi. BASE jumpers sometimes dive its 1,149 ft. From here, swing S on Strip


Location: 36.136826, -115.16205

Navigate a lonely stretch of trail past a wild circus and countless slots.


Location: 36.12521, -115.1698

At waterfront, stop at shipwreck off Treasure Island.

Lonely Road

Location: 36.129266, -115.166641

The Frontier can be a lonely place for hikers. © Bob Wold

The Frontier

Location: 36.128639, -115.16787

Lots of cowboy hats and slots
© Kris Wagner

Easy Descent

Location: 36.125726, -115.16942

These descents are easy on the knees. © Al Wold

Treasure Island

Location: 36.12521, -115.169683

Look for a shipwreck off of Treasure Island.
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.117762, -115.173181

Volcanoes boom above as trail leads into marble amphitheater big enough for Caesar's army


Location: 36.117931, -115.173256

One of many beautiful pools in the Caesar amphitheater. © Kris Wagner


Location: 36.117946, -115.173492

A trio of fountains
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.114351, -115.173739

Always faithful: Geysers of the Bellagio blow as high as 240 ft. every 30 min. More monster buttes and peaks ahead

Always Faithful

Location: 36.11409, -115.17334

The Belliagio geysers shoot up 240 feet. © Kris Wagner


Location: 36.100571, -115.173517

On R, see white castle said to be haunted by wizards and dragons. Pass famed Las Vegas sign

Castle Tops

Location: 36.100559, -115.173478

Colorful castle tops in the distance
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.100701, -115.169777

Be wary of rare species flaunting showy feathers--and more. Cross street near Tropicana; swing N. Caution: Watch for lions


Location: 36.111976, -115.172676

Path runs by stone skyscrapers and pointy towers with European flair. Close loop @ trailhead

Is This Paris?

Location: 36.111994, -115.172532

More pools with European landmarks in the backdrop.
© Kris Wagner


Location: 36.114186, -115.172365

Optional: Hikers can cruise on the neon tunnel across The Strip. © Bob Wold