17 Incredible Hikes In The Las Vegas Area

17 Incredible Hikes In The Las Vegas Area

Las Vegas is known for its shopping, gambling, fine dining, nightlife, and entertainment. It is also referred to as the Strip or Sin City.

Yet, what people don’t expect is that Las Vegas is surrounded by some of the most visually stunning outside places that you can find in the entire country.

Here are absolutely stunning hikes in and around Las Vegas for you to try. They are a great way to explore the natural beauty of Nevada or a great way to recover from the night before.

In this article, we have put together the 17 most absolutely stunning hikes in and around Las Vegas for all levels of hikers.

Lost Creek Falls
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Lost Creek Falls

The Lost Creek Falls is a very short trail, but it is full of beauty, with lots to see. Hidden pathways, colorful wildflowers, cacti and waterfalls are what you can expect to see on this trail.

The Lost Creek Falls is perfect for families or a hiker of any level that want to take in the gorgeous scenery.  It is near impossible to get lost on this trail, with lots of places to take a break to enjoy the views even more. 

Hiking Experience:

Beginner

Location:

Valley of Fire State Park

Distance:

1.1 miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

White Domes Trail Loop

The White Domes Trail takes place in the Valley of Fire State Park. This trail is a 1.1 mile loop that will take you through various magnificent sandstone formations.

The trail also takes you to an old film set, and hikers can pass through a small canyon. It only takes around 30 minutes to complete, with gradual elevation changes.

The sandstone formations are fascinating to look at and the array of colors make these formations beautiful to look at and walk through. Overall, this is an easy going hike that is perfect for all the family to do.

Hiking Experience:

Beginner

Location:

Red Rock Canyon

Distance:

0.6 miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

Fire Wave Trail

The Fire Wave Trail is about an hour away from the Strip, but it is one of the most attractive areas for hiking in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

This is another short hike, which is one of the newer hiking trails in Valley of Fire State Park. The Fire Wave Trail is all about the unique white, red and pink striped rock formations.

These stripes have a rippling effect. Small stacks of rocks show you the way and lead you to an area, which looks like someone has taken a scoop out of the ground. 

This hike will offer you many photo opportunities. It is family-friendly and accessible for hikers of all levels. The Fire Wave Trail is a beautiful adventure for the entire family.

Hiking Experience:

Beginner

Location:

Valley of Fire State Park

Distance:

1.5 miles.

Railroad Tunnel Trail

For anyone who loves their history, then this hiking trail will be perfect for you. The Railroad Tunnel Trail is an easy hike alongside a historic railroad track through a series of huge tunnels that have been carved out of the surrounding mountains.

The old track used to connect Las Vegas to Boulder City and then onto the Hoover Dam.

This is a very level hiking trail that gives you picturesque views of the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. Along the way, you might bump into lizards, rattlesnakes, owls, and bighorn sheep.

A pleasant trail, where you cannot take a bad picture of the beautiful tunnels. 

Hiking Experience:

Beginner

Location:

Lake Mead

Distance:

4 miles, but it can be extended to 8.2 miles.

Ice Box Canyon

Ice Box Canyon

The Ice Box Canyon trail is perfect for all levels of hikers. It should be noted that there is some rocky terrain spread throughout the trail. You will follow a winding rocky path to a shaded waterfall.

However, the waterfall is known to dry up due to infrequent rain.

Yet, this trail is still worth it for the pleasant rock formations and the stunning views.  You will have to walk through the Mojave Desert to the Canyon, but as the canyon doesn’t receive any sunlight, the temperature is much cooler here. Hence, the Ice Box name. 

Hiking Experience:

Beginner to Moderate

Location:

Red Rock Canyon

Distance:

2.3 miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

Calico Tanks Trail

The Calico Tanks Trail is another short hiking trail for all levels of hikers to complete in the Red Rock Canyon. You may need to do a little bit of scrambling over some sandstones, which will lead you to a hidden water area.

Alongside, amazing views of Las Vegas, this hike combines history, geology, and the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon together. This hike is perfect for all the family and makes a great morning or afternoon hike.

Hiking Experience:

Moderate

Location:

Red Rock Canyon

Distance:

2.2 miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

First Creek Canyon Trail

The First Creek Canyon Trail is a flat terrain hike. You will walk through meadows filled with wildflowers, between rock formations, and you will end up at a small yet stunning waterfall.

The waterfall is known to dry up, so it is best to complete this hike after some wet weather. This is a hike for hikers who have a bit of experience hiking, but it can be completed by any hiker of any level.

There is some scrambling necessary at the base of the falls. However, the views from the waterfalls are breathtaking. 

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Red Rock Canyon

Distance:

4 miles. 

Mary Jane Falls Trail

Mary Jane Falls Trail

Who doesn’t love an absolutely stunning waterfall? The Mary Jane Falls Trail leads you up to the Mary Jane Falls, which feed off primarily snow melt.

The falls are found in the heart of the Mount Charleston Valley, and you’ll be able to see splendid views of the Charleston Peak.

This trail features a gradual incline, as you walk through visually pleasing rock formations and mountains, to reach the stunning waterfall. It is best to take on this hike, during the spring or fall to avoid the harsh summer heat.

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Mount Charleston

Distance:

3.2 miles.

White Owl Canyon
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White Owl Canyon

The White Owl Canyon Trail is much longer than the White Domes trail we have already mentioned in our list. This is also an easy to moderate hiking trail that takes you through the rocky areas around Lake Mead.

This trail is named white owl, for the white barn owls that live in the canyon. You will through beautiful orange and red rock formations. While also, you will need to walk through small slots within the canyon.

This is a very striking hike that is stunning and ideal for a family or larger groups to do together.

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Lake Mead

Distance:

3.6 miles.

Petroglyph Canyon Trail

Petroglyph Canyon Trail

Another one for those of you who love their history. During this 4.1 mile hiking trail, you can stop to appreciate the ancient petroglyph carvings. These can be found on the cliffs and large stones that line your pathway.

The carvings that you see are said to be thousands of years old, and they are everywhere you look. Overall, this is a very easy trail that anyone can complete.

There are certain parts of the route that require a little bit of scrambling, these areas are very easy to overcome. The Petroglyph Canyon Trail is the perfect family day out.

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Sloan Canyon

Distance:

4.1 miles.

Bristlecone Loop Trail

There is an upper and lower Bristlecone trail, but you can walk them both in one big loop. This trail has quite even surfaces and any elevation is quite gentle that you don’t notice it too much.

You will be walking through forested paths that take you through the Spring Mountains. There are several moments that allow you to appreciate the stunning views of the rocky peaks that encompass the trail.

Thus, this is a family friendly hiking trail that offers you pleasant views of wildlife and the scenery.

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Spring Mountains Recreational Area

Distance:

5.7  miles.

Arizona Hot Springs Trail
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Arizona Hot Springs Trail

The Arizona Hot Spring Trail takes you through dirt trails, where you can enjoy the beautiful scenery. You will get to see beautiful views of Lake Mead and surrounding rocky mountain peaks. Also, you’ll be able to see beautiful flowers, plants, and local wildlife.

Then, once you reach the end of the trail, you can take a dip into one of the hot springs. The temperatures of the hot springs can vary, so make sure to test the water before jumping in.

This is one of our longer trails but the views and the spring are totally worth the effort.

Hiking Experience:

Easy to Moderate

Location:

Lake Mead

Distance:

6.9  miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

Fortification Hill Trail

One of the lesser known hiking trails in Lake Mead, but the Fortification Hill trail offers you picture perfect views. The majority of the trail is fairly easy to cope with, however, the last mile of the trail is the most difficult.

Some light scrambling is required and there is some steep rocky terrain to overcome to reach the summit of the mountain.

The views are spectacular, you will get a clear view of Lake Mead and all the surrounding mountains, also including the Hoover Dam.

Hiking Experience:

Moderate to Difficult

Location:

Lake Mead

Distance:

3.5  miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

Frenchman Mountain Trail

If you want to have the best city view possible, then the Frenchman Mountain trail will give you just that. This trail is the best way to gain a bird’s eye view of the city of Las Vegas, as well as Red Rock, and Mount Charleston.

This can look like an intimidating hiking trail, as it consists of a very steep gravel road. However, don’t let this put you off, as the views once you reach the top are worth the climb.

This hike is all about those splendid views at the end, therefore remember to wear proper hiking boots as the ground can be slippery. 

Hiking Experience:

Difficult

Location:

Shadow Rock Park

Distance:

4.4  miles.

17 Absolutely Stunning Hikes In & Around Las Vegas for All Levels

Las Vegas Overlook Trail

When you are in Las Vegas, how can you not attempt the Las Vegas Overlook Trail. This is another steep hiking trail, which offers you views of the Las Vegas Valley. The trail itself isn’t that difficult, it is just the distance that makes this trail a challenge.

This trail has a high elevation gain along the way, but there are multiple ways to explore the Blue Diamond Hill, which can extend the time of your hike.

However, this hiking trail might be really steep, but you’ll get to witness breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and rocks. You can see downtown Las Vegas, but the mountain views are something special to witness. 

Hiking Experience:

Moderate to Difficult

Location:

Red Rock Canyon

Distance:

6.3  miles.

Black Mountain trail
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Black Mountain Trail

At the beginning of the Black Mountain trail, the ground is very easy to walk on. However, the terrain will begin to get much steeper as you start getting into the mountain.

The stark desert valley soon transforms into jaw dropping views of the nearby valleys. There are plenty of wild plants to keep you entertained, like various species of cactus.

At the top of the mountain, you will experience mesmerizing views that make up for the challenging terrain. You should be prepared to climb over rocks near the summit so that you can reach the highest point of the mountain.

Although, there isn’t much shade on this trail, therefore you need to be wary about hiking when it is really hot and bring lots of water with you. 

Hiking Experience:

Moderate to Difficult

Location:

Sloan Canyon

Distance:

6.8  miles.

Charleston Peak South Trail
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Charleston Peak South Trail

For our final hiking trail, we are suggesting the Charleston Peak South trail. This is the longest trail on our list, by being 16 miles long. You will go on an adventure, and ideal for hikers who have long hiking distance experience, as this hike will take you all day.

With this hiking trail, you pass various cliffs, meadows, canyons, and mountains. In the end, once you have reached the summit, you will have reached the highest point in Southern Nevada.

This trail might be a real challenge, but you’ll walk away with a real sense of achievement from what you have completed. Alongside this, you will witness some of the most absolutely stunning views possible.

Hiking Experience:

Difficult

Location:

Mount Charleston

Distance:

16.6  miles.   

Must Have When Hiking

There are certain things you need when you go hiking. These will keep you safe and protected, while also making the hike itself easier to do.

Footwear

You must have the correct footwear. For more difficult hiking routes, proper hiking boots will help you walk on uneven terrain. The footwear that you choose should have substantial grip, this will then let you walk on loose sand or rocks with more confidence.  

If you decide to take a route that contains any form of scrambling, then having proper footwear will help you out a lot. The grip will make scrambling a lot safer and easier to do.

Shoes that have plenty of support and grip, like hiking shoes, are sturdy and very durable for wedding your foot in between rocks and mountain sides.

Clothes

It might sound strange, but the clothes you decide to wear when hiking are important. Especially if you are hiking in hot temperatures that are commonly seen in Las Vegas.

The clothing that you wear should be comfortable and breathable. If you are hiking in colder weather, you still want comfortable and breathable clothing, but you still need to layer up.

The clothing will keep you protected by any weather conditions that you may encounter.

Alongside wearing suitable clothing, a hat of some kind should be considered too. This is almost essential when hiking in hot weather.

You want to avoid as much sunlight on your head as possible. Otherwise, this could cause sunstroke, which could then make you quite ill. 

Sunscreen

If you are facing sunny weather, then sunscreen is a must. Even if it isn’t hot, you can still get burnt from the sun. You should be reapplying sunscreen every couple of hours, just to make sure that you are protected. 

Hydrate Yourself

Taking plenty of water with you is important for all of these hikes. Having water available is a must because you can’t always be certain that you’ll be able to find water while out hiking. 

When you are completing more difficult and longer hikes, it is even more critical to make sure that you have plenty of water to drink. The last thing you want is to become dehydrated, which could then lead to illness. 

First Aid Kit

When you are on any trail, you need to be aware of your surroundings and watch your footing. However, even if you are really careful, accidents can still happen.

Having a first aid kit on hand can become really useful when you need it. It is simple to add a first aid kit to your backpack and as they are so light, you won’t even notice any weight gain to your backpack.

It is essential that you have a first aid kit because not all trails have cell phone service, and it could be miles to get help if something went wrong.

Final Thoughts

Las Vegas has some utterly stunning hikes that almost anyone can complete. There are a lot of hiking trails that are family friendly, that anyone can achieve.

While there are also hiking routes that are a bit more challenging. However, with all the hikes we have recommended above, they will all give you breathtaking views that you won’t be able to forget.

Emily Winters