Life in the Mojave Desert means that you are never far from an isolated area that offers a unique history and breathtaking scenic view. A short drive in any direction is sure to unveil a new perspective on what makes this area one of a kind.
Lake Mead & Hoover Dam
Head southeast from Las Vegas and through Boulder City or Henderson and you will find the Lake Mead National Recreational Area. This man made lake was constructed by the completion of the Hoover Dam near Boulder City. As the 16th largest artificial lake in the world stretching across 1.5 million acres and creating over 700 miles of shoreline across Nevada and Arizona, the millions of annual visitors enjoy a wide variety of water activities within it’s diverse landscape.
Red Rock Canyon
Traveling just 17 miles west on Charleston from the Las Vegas strip will bring you to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Host to just under 200,000 acres of protected picturesque beauty over a million visitors a year drive, walk, hike, climb and enjoy the variety of unique geological features, plants and animals represented and protected here. The 13 mile scenic loop around Red Rock Canyon offers many turn out spots and picnic areas, or come prepared for a day full of fun and adventure by getting out of your vehicle and walking through any of the trails. Plan to bring plenty of water, as you aren’t likely to find much in the canyon.
Valley of Fire
Driving east of Las Vegas on the Interstate 15 will take you to the Valley of Fire. Housing a slew of Native American exhibits including a visitor center adorned with local artworks created by Native Americans, you are sure to learn a lot about this area of the Mojave Desert and all it has to offer. During cooler months hiking or biking on any of the numerous trails is sure to bring you closer to nature. Plan a picnic and as always bring plenty of water, a scarcity in the desert.
Just a short drive north of Las Vegas off the I-95 you will find yourself transported to another world. Surrounded by panoramic mountain views, campgrounds, hiking and biking trails and skiing and sleigh rides in the winter, this is the local forest. Part of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and included in the Humbolt/Toyiabe National Forest, Mount Charleston offers miles of mountain activities and enjoyment for the whole family any time of year.