Spring Break: Vegas, Baby

Red Rock Canyon    

Scenario: The Economy's Still in the Tank
The best part about Vegas is not the endless nights and tantalizing, if long, odds. It's the fact that there may be no easier destination for scoring last-minute deals on flights and hotel rooms (vegas.com/deals), which means easy access to nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. A 195,000-acre puzzle of sandstone canyons and one of the country's top climbing destinations, Red Rocks is home to more than 2,000 routes—everything from short sport climbs to big walls (entrance fee, $5; climbing permits free; 702-515-5350). The northeast face of Mount Wilson offers tough, fun multipitch climbs, and spring is the time to tackle it (not too hot, not too cold). Book a day trip with Jackson Hole Mountain Guides ($235; jhmg.com), the same outfit that leads clients up the Grand Teton. They'll belay you on a four-pitch climb designed for your skill level. When you're done, it's only 20 minutes back to the Strip, where you can try to win back the cost of your trip.

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