WHAT’S AT RED ROCK CANYON?
Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive, hiking and trails, plants and wildlife, geology, camping, cultural resources and much more. Our Visitor Center offers information and interpretation about recreation opportunities. The facility also features indoor and outdoor exhibits and a book and gift store.
HIKES & TRAILS
There are 26 numbered hikes and trails on our website that correspond to the numbers on this downloadable map. Please reference the map and then match the numbers with the trails on this website to learn more about each hike. Which trails would you like to visit in the future?
Named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century, Hoover Dam continues to draw crowds 80 years after its creation. Attracting more than a million visitors a year, Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, just minutes outside of Las Vegas.
For $11 per person (discounts available for children, seniors and active military) is the Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour. It is broken up into several components at numerous locations. The unique tour format allows guests to pick and choose which locations they want to see and the complete tour generally lasts about two hours. The Hoover Dam Power Plant Tour begins with a brief video show depicting the history of Hoover Dam and how it came to be. Afterwards, a guide will escort you to an elevator for a 500-foot descent to get an up-close look at the power plant generators housed at the base of the dam. Guests will also see the original diversion tunnels and stand atop a giant, 30-foot pipe where they can feel the rumble of Colorado River water racing through it.
Luckily just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas visitors can find all the cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mount Charleston.
Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada’s eighth-highest mountain peak and one of the Top 10 most topographically prominent peaks in the United States.
Featuring trees like juniper, mountain mahogany, Aspen and Ponderosa pine and animals such as wild burros, songbirds, deer and desert tortoises, Mount Charleston feels a million miles away from the city.
Get your hiking stick, bottled water and Timberland boots ready. The hiking trails at Mount Charleston (52 miles total) will amaze you.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is one of the most awe inspiring sights in the American Southwest, and it’s an easy two-and-a-half-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Featuring sky-high towers and cliffs of multicolored sandstone rocks, the 2,000 to 3,000-foot high canyon walls of Zion National Park were carved out over millions of years by trickling creeks and the rushing Virgin River.
Throughout Zion, reddish, golden and rust-colored rocks are contrasted by the deep green of pine forests; mesquite, manzanita and cottonwood groves; and fern and moss-filled grottoes. It is strikingly beautiful.
The main section of the park is most easily accessed from Las Vegas. After driving through the quaint resort town of Springdale, Utah, which has many restaurants, hotels, art galleries and boutiques, Zion visitors park at the large Visitor Center. This facility is filled with informative displays. It is also where visitors board shuttle buses in the peak season of spring through fall. It’s a low-emission transit that relieves automobile congestion in the narrow canyon.
If you told your friends that you spent the day at the beach gazing at teal-blue waters in Las Vegas, they’d probably think you’re crazy. After all, most people know Vegas for its hotels and desert landscape.
But just 30 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which occupies about 1.5 million acres (twice the size of Rhode Island) and 820 miles of shoreline. For only $10, you’ll have access to the lake for a week. It’s a fun escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.
Lake Mead is the 16th largest manmade lake in the world and one of the largest manmade lakes in the Western Hemisphere. Formed by the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, the National Park Service established Lake Mead as a national recreation area in 1964. Lake Mead offers year-round recreation with everything from kayaking and jet skiing to swimming, hiking and wildlife viewing. Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach is a popular stop to paddle boat, swim and camp out by the shore. Don’t forget to bring your sunscreen and hat — you’re going to need it during the triple-digit summer months!
Lake Havasu, AZ
With more than 300 days of sunshine a year — and a unique mix of tranquil waters, rugged mountains, and tons of fun — it’s hard to stay inside. Everywhere you look, folks are hiking, biking, boating, fishing, golfing, offroading, shopping, dining, and enjoying seasonal events.
Lake Havasu’s beaches are the perfect hangout spots for families – you can truly relax in the warm sand without worrying about dangerous fish or riptide currents. If you’re a boater, pristine private beaches are plentiful and perfect for a picnic or sunbathing in solitude.
The areas in and around Lake Havasu City are home to more than 20 different networks of off-road trails through varying terrain, including sand dunes, canyons, and open desert. Arizona off-road trail enthusiasts have lots to choose from, within driving distance, for an action-packed Arizona weekend getaway.
Whatever you have, 4WD truck, dirt bike, sand rail, ATV, UTV, or something else, they all equal fun when you’re on the trail. Explore the area at your pace, meander through wildflowers in the spring, scale some heights if you’re into rock crawling, or go full-bore and feel the thrill of picking up speed through off-road open areas. Arizona weather in the fall through spring is ideal for off-roading here, as summer temperatures can reach well over the triple-digit mark.