10 Awesome Las Vegas Hikes!

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Las Vegas hikes! And not on the Strip!

Next time you are in Vegas, you can find your way out of doors – you have to try really hard, they don’t make it easy! – and discover the natural beauty of Nevada. Gorgeous!

HikingGazette.com says, “Sure, let someone know where you are going. But for safety, don’t hike alone!”

 

Everyone knows Las Vegas is the place to go to when you want to have a good time! These ten hiking spots are something your hotel front desk may not tell you about, but these desert oasis’ are worth the detour!

10. Ice Box canyon

Distance: 2.6 miles

Time: 2.5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

If you’re yearning to escape the heat of summer, Ice box canyon is where it’s at. Because it gets little sunlight, it’s relatively cool there year round. Aside from the beautiful rock formations, there’s a   waterfall at the end.

9. First Creek

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: Easy

This is an adorable little trail just off of the Blue Diamond loop. It’s very well maintained, and easy to stay on the trail. You start out seemingly just walking into the desert, and suddenly the foliage changes and you reach a creek that empties into a little pond.  Be sure to watch and not disturb snakes or other animals on this excursion!

 7. Lone Mountain

Distance: .5 mile

Time: 30 minutes

DIfficulty: Easy

No, you’re not going to see anything exceptional. What you are going to get is a family friendly jaunt to a location that will have an amazing three hundred and sixty degree view of the valley. This hike is more impressive in the evening, where you can see this beautiful city the way it’s meant to be seen. This trail is pet friendly, and dogs do not have to be on a leash.

6. Cleopatra wash

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This hike can be moderately easy, other than quite a bit of rock scrambling. You will hike though volcanic rock and ash, creating colors of rock that seem to be as exotic to this side of the world as Cleopatra herself. This hike ends at a beautiful, private cove in Lake Mead. Perfect for a quick picnic or some swimming.

5. Liberty Bell Arch

Distance: 3 miles

Time: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Easy/moderate

The landscape on this hike is ever-changing, and people love revisiting because there’s always something new to look at. There is an old magnesium mine slightly off trail to explore, a pretty view of the Colorado river, and the beautiful rock formation from which it get’s it’s name.

4. Mary Jane Falls

Distance: 3 miles round trip

Time: 2 hours

Difficulty: moderate

This short hike can be strenuous, but well worth it. Located in Kyle Canyon, this pretty hike offers lots of pine trees, deer and fox to gawk at. If you go in the mid/late spring, a snow covered Mt. Charleston will be an amazing backdrop for your excursion. If you’re a photographer, this would be a perfect place for you to catch a lot of wildlife!

 

3. Black Velvet Peak

Distance: 8 miles round trip

Time: 6-8 hours

Difficulty: Advanced

This is one of the best hikes in Red Rock. If you like rock climbing, this is the one for you. This hike is sometimes referred to as the “Crowned Jewel” of hikes in the Las Vegas area.  Black velvet wall is approximately 2,000 feel tall.

2. Goldstrike Hot Springs

Distance: 6.5 miles

Time: Half Day

Difficulty: Advanced

 

This amazing hike offers a good workout, and a beautiful view.  This trail is unique as there are actually 8 fixed ropes you must use to climb. It is recommended to bring an extra pair of water shoes with you to help with scaling wet boulders.

 1. Arizona hot springs

Distance: 6 miles rounds trip

Time: 5 hours

Difficulty: Moderate

This hike starts by walking under the freeway bridge, and down a short trek through the desert. You will notice the scenery changing, as you enter a canyon. Many twists and turns, and you’ll see the occasional big horned sheep. The canyon opens up to an amazing view of the Colorado river. Some subtle signs will lead you to minor rock scrambling, and into a cavern. There you will hike up some pools of water to a sturdy 20 foot ladder. This ladder leads you up to the hot springs itself. Water shoes are recommended to reach the hot spring. Be sure to ration your water, as the hike back is much more strenuous.

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