Just 20 miles outside of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area spreads across a patch of the Mojave Desert twice the size of the city itself. Even with thousands of people coming to hike and enjoy the canyon's world-renowned rock climbing, there's still plenty of solitude to be found. Try hiking the six-mile White Rock/La Madre Springs Loop; although the spring is more like a tiny pond, and the trail can be snow-dusted at times in the winter, you're unlikely to have any company. Plus, the views of mountain peaks and rock formations are worth the area's $7 per car entrance fee.
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