Get out and explore a side of Las Vegas you never knew existed

You know all about the bright lights and neon that light up Las Vegas every day, but there’s much more to the Entertainment Capital of the World than the glowing Strip. There’s a scenic beauty that surrounds the city that you may not even know exists. Check out gorgeous rock canyons, majestic mountains and more!

Red Rock Canyon

The western edge of Las Vegas offers spectacular outdoor adventures, so start your day from the comfort of Red Rock ResortSuncoast Hotel, or JW Marriott Resort. You’ll be minutes from a beautiful hike through the gorgeous red sandstone cliffs at Red Rock Canyon. Picnic areas, cycling, hiking, climbing and horseback riding are available to enhance your experience and the visitor center contains historical and geological exhibits, a cactus garden and even a bookstore.  Enjoy the scenic 13-mile drivable loop which meanders throughout Red Rock Canyon. For more gorgeous hiking, head north to Valley of Fire State Park and wander through the spectacular red sandstone. 

Hoover Dam

Take a tour of the wondrous Hoover Dam and don’t miss the photo op with the new Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge! Or, better yet, from the bypass parking area, climb the designated stairs to the top, and peer back down at the Hoover Dam from high atop the pedestrian walkway! It’s not for the faint of heart! Be sure to stop by the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum to see the history behind this amazing structure. Enjoy lunch and a stroll down main street of this charming small town, or spend the night at the historic Boulder Dam HotelBoulder Inn and SuitesMilo’s Inn at Boulder, or many other charming accommodations.

Mount Charleston National Recreation Area

If you want to take your Vegas experience to new heights, take a ride up to Mount Charleston Recreation Area and explore the Spring Mountains of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The lower foothills are covered with pinion pine and juniper trees, and you may encounter a variety of wildlife, including Rocky Mountain elk, desert bighorn sheep, mule deer and others. There are numerous hiking trails and camping is also available.  Stop for buffalo or ostrich burgers at Mount Charleston Lodge, or enjoy lunch with a view at The Resort on Mount Charleston.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

For some more outdoor fun, stay cool on the water with boating, kayaking, swimming, fishing and other water attractions at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Or take the trip up to Bonnie Springs Ranch for some horseback riding, train rides and even a petting zoo.

There’s a lot to see outdoors, so come experience Vegas in a whole new way!