When you think of Las Vegas, it's natural to assume that the city is all about gambling and partying. But in truth, there are actually plenty of opportunities for visitors who love spending their time outdoors!
A perfect day at sin-city can involve hiking through Red Rock Canyon or cooling off thoroughly by jumping into one of its many swimming holes, then maybe treating yourself with some fine dining before heading out to take in the nightlife.
7 Incredible Day Trips From Las Vegas
Las Vegas is a city that has something new waiting around every corner. Whether you're looking to take in some hiking at elevation levels over 7200ft., whitewater rafting down Class IV rapids on the Snake River, or backpacking through Las Vegas' White Rock Hills trail – there are endless opportunities here!
If you’re itching to get away from the bustle and hustle of the city and breathe some serious fresh air, here are 7 of the most incredible day trips from Las Vegas to add to your bucket list!
Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire is a truly fascinating experience. This state park will take you into an otherworldly landscape that feels as though it’s from another dimension, with red rock Aztec sandstone on the mountainside and ancient petroglyphs adorning the rocks throughout this natural world stained in different shades from oranges to pinks – all just under one hour drive away from The Strip!
Hiking in the desert is an experience like no other and it's best enjoyed with your friends. Hikes such as Fire of Wave Trail or Rainbow Vista provide amazing views for all levels of skill, making them perfect outings to get started hiking if you don't want any difficult terrain!
A day trip can be so much more than just exploring new scenery when planned out carefully – who says only professional photographers have fun? Take along plenty of water (it gets hot here!), some snacks that won’t spoil easily, and you have the makings of a romantic picnic.
The Mouse’s Tank Road is the most scenic way to get around this area, with breathtaking views at every turn. It's also a great option for those who want to experience the views without having to endure the heat.
Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area
For those who are looking for a place to escape from the hustle and bustles of city life, Red Rock Canyon is perfect. With its beautiful red rocks that contrast greatly against their natural surroundings, it's a wonder how this canyon has managed to stay a hidden gem in Nevada all these years!
Hiking in Red Rock Canyon is an unforgettable experience that will leave you feeling rejuvenated. With over 130 miles worth of canyons, river systems, and mountain tops for all ages to explore; this expansive national park offers some much-needed relief from city life. One hike we recommend trying out would be Ice Box Canyon Trail, which brings scenic views like no other – featuring seasonal waterfalls. If you have a chance to visit during the winter months when they're the most powerful, you will not be disappointed.
Death Valley National Park
For those looking to get away from it all, a day trip into Death Valley National Park will not disappoint. Located in California and just a two-hour-long drive away from Las Vegas, a day trip to Death Valley will transport you into a wonderland of colorful twisting canyons, eerie rock formations, shifting sand dunes, and mountains splattered in colors so lively you’ll think you were looking at a picture or a painting.
If you are looking for some of the best things to do in Death Valley, then we have just what you need. Take a drive down Artist’s Drive to find colorful mountain ranges, stand on Badwater Basin which is home not only to the lowest point in the US – but also contains amazing panoramic views. Bring your camera and plenty of water.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon may sound like a bit of a stretch, it’s a perfectly doable day trip from Las Vegas if you’re willing to start the day early. It is approximately a 3-hour drive but well worth the trip.
Red hoodoos are the stars at Bryce Canyon, and the best way to see them is by braving the famous Queen’s Garden to Navajo Loop trail, it is about 3 miles long, which will have you twisting your way through rock tunnels, hiking through pine forests, and gawking at the most unbelievable views of the sandstone hoodoos that make Bryce Canyon the incredibly photogenic place that it is.
Another way to explore as much as possible is by driving Utah’s scenic byway 12 all the way to Rainbow Viewpoint and slowly making your way back. This road will have you passing by 13 different (but equally gorgeous) viewpoints guaranteed to drop your jaw right to the ground.
When you think of the most interesting places in this world, Antelope Canyon is sure to be on your list. This mesmerizing canyon has been plastered with swirls and colors that come alive when light reflects off it creating one-of-a-kind sights never seen before. The hike is easy enough and will take about two hours total with picture taking included.
If time allows, you can also check out the adjoining Lower Antelope Canyon. This section of river is much narrower and more challenging but well worth every twist and turn as it will make for some beautiful scenery along your hike.
Mojave National Preserve
Imagine a landscape covered in sand, old volcanoes, and petrified lava. Add to that the sound of crows flying overhead as you walk through Joshua trees dotting every scene – this is what it feels like at Mojave National Preserve! This destination remains pretty off-the-beaten-path making for a perfect day trip if getting away from crowds becomes something worth seeking out
Mojaves may seem close but far enough so that their preserved natural beauty isn't spoiled by development or tourists vying over which hotel has lower rates..
Hiking up the Kelso Sand Dunes is a must-do activity for those visiting Mojave. These famous dunes create their own music with vibrations of sand moving across ridges, while also being able to see what seems like miles upon miles (or kilometers) worth of Joshua trees. This leads us to our next destination.
Joshua Tree National Park
I feel like I’m in a different galaxy when we visit Joshua Tree National Park. The stars at night are so clear and bright, it feels as if you could reach up and touch them. During the day you can explore all sorts of adventures near this magical landscape that has something for everyone – whether you want to enjoy hiking through sandy hills or getting amazing pictures from the lookout points along Highway 62 everyone is sure to find something they like about this park.
For those who have more time, Joshua Tree National Park should be at or near the top of your destination list. This expansive yet manageable park has miles worth of hiking trails and more than enough scenic spots for photography lovers to enjoy. For thrill-seekers86 out there looking for an adrenaline rush try horseback riding through some unique desert scenery.
There are so many things to do in Las Vegas, and this list is just the beginning of what you'll find when exploring! From day trips out into nature on foot or by car–to tours that take visitors back centuries ago- there truly is something for everyone here.