Where Can I Find Adventure Near Las Vegas?

I’m headed to Vegas for a long weekend with some buddies, but we don’t want to spend all of our time at the casinos and we don’t play golf. Where can we go for outdoor adventure?

Oct 24, 2012
Outside Magazine

Red Rock Canyon.    Photo: Littleny/Shutterstock


The great part about Las Vegas is that once you flee from its sprawl, you quickly find yourself in the middle of mountainous desert wilderness a million times more impressive than the Bellagio’s dancing waters could ever be. The only real limit to your outdoor pursuits is the season. In summer, hit the higher elevations and mountain peaks for hiking, biking or climbing; at cooler times of year, you'll generally want to head for the canyon floors. Here are my recommendations:

Paddle the Colorado
Hike Red Rock Canyon
Mountain Bike Cottonwood Valley

Filed To: Adventure Adviser