Best Places to Hike Near Las Vegas, Nevada

Best Places to Hike Near Las Vegas, Nevada

Finding the best hikes near Las Vegas is really important for you and your family because you want to make the most of the region. The city is a great place for entertainment, but it is not just a place with casinos, shows and shopping. When you want a break from the craps table, blackjack, or betting on sports then you can get out into the wilderness, and you need to make sure that you have done all that you can do to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Grab some equipment and try some of these hikes so that you can get out and commune with nature.

Fire Canyon

Fire Canyon is one of the hottest places in the area, but it is also a great place to see some gorgeous rocky escarpments that you cannot find in any other place. The terra cotta color of the area is enough to get you to come out to hike, and you can walk through the canyon easily before you have to turn around and go home.

Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

The historic railroad tunnel trail is a trail that goes through an old railroad system. You can get out of the heat when you go into the tunnel, and there are some surrounding trails that will be just as fun for you to hike. You are going to find that this was one of the most remote trails in the area, and it is something that gives you a chance to explore.

Wetlands Park Nature Preserve

The Wetlands Park Nature Preserve is a place where protected animals live, and it is a natural wetland that you can walk through comfortably. You can get your feet wet as you hike through the wetlands, and you will have a very nice time hanging out in shady areas that are provided by trees growing in the area. You could have a picnic under a tree, or you could just hike through until you are ready to head home.

Red And Black Mountain

Red and Black Mountain sounds just like it looks. You will see the colors of the mountain, and you need to make sure that you are going to hike up both sides of the mountain on a special loop trail. This will be a nice place for you to go for the whole day, and you can camp out on this trail because it is a really great place to commune with nature. This will give you great views of the surrounding area, and camping out on the summit will be amazing for you.

River Mountains Trail

The River Mountains trail is something you need to try when you want to get a nice combination of a rivers on one side and mountains on the other side. It is far easier for you to have a good time on this trail when you have planned to hike it for a considerable distance before you come home. You will learn a lot about the wildlife of the area, and you will start to enjoy the way the city looks from this distance.

Someone who wants to take some nice hikes should be sure that they are going to have a good place to hike that is familiar to them.  If you are a novice, view our hiking videos so you are fully prepared.  You can try any of these trails, but you will eventually land on one that makes the most sense to you. You should be sure to check out the trails your first time before you decide where you want to go every time you take a hike, and you will be able to get away from the city in a way that is enjoyable and refreshing.

If you enjoy these hikes then take a look at some of our best trails in the world.  You might find some ideas for your next vacation spot!

Hiking Video Tips

While some things are better learned through experience, hiking is one that I would recommend learning about before heading out to the trails. Sure you can learn a lot through first-hand experience, but wouldn’t it make more sense to already be prepared for the problems that could come up and to have the proper equipment.

I can’t begin to explain the number of times that something I saw in a video helped me in one of my trips. Whether it’s tips for how to handle certain situations that you may come across or techniques that will help you along the way, there’s likely a video out there that will help you be better prepared.

Watching videos is especially something that I recommend to anyone who is a amateur hiker without a lot of experience to fall back on. The last thing you want to do is go out on a hike and have something go wrong and not know how to fix it. Whether it’s tips for building a fire, what to pack on your trip, how to tie certain knots or what is okay and not okay to eat, these are all things that you need to have an idea on before you hit the trails.

I have spent some time searching the web for some of the most informative videos on hiking tips. Now these are a great place to start, but don’t limit yourself to the videos on this page. There’s always new and better videos being added each day with new information. Take some time to research hiking before you hit the trails.

Start small.  I’ve reviewed some of the best trails in Las Vegas and in the entire world.

How to Pack a Backpack

How to Make Fire in Wet Weather

Top 50+ Survival Tips

Food Ideas for Long Backpacking Trips

Beginners Guide to Hiking

Hiking Equipment

Hiking Equipment

Whether you are an experienced hiker or someone who is just looking to get started, I’ve put together a list of some the essentials that you are going to want to take along on your next hiking journey.  Don’t forget to view our videos to make sure you are fully prepared.

#1 – Map/Compass

This is extremely important when hiking across unfamiliar territory. The last thing you want to have happen is to take a couple wrong turns and not know how to get back on track. You can find a detailed map of most trails on site as well as online. Make sure you know how to read a map. You are also going to want a compass on hand to help navigate. I recommend spending a little extra on a nice compass.  REI has a guide on how to choose one.

#2 – Flashlight or Headlamp

You just never know when you are going to need light. Even if you are planning a trip during the day, I would still pack some kind of flashlight in your bag. You just don’t know what you may run across and if things go bad and you have to make camp for the night, you will be glad you packed this.

#3 – First Aid Kit

This should be obvious, but I have heard plenty of stories where hikers forgot to bring a long a first aid kit and ended up desperately needing it. Luckily, all the stories I have heard didn’t end up being fatal, but I have heard of some pretty bad infections and painful trips home that could have been prevented had a first aid kit been on hand. Now you don’t need to go overboard, but at least make sure you have the essentials, including a lot of band-aids.

#4 Extra Food/Clothing

Hopefully this will be something you don’t ever need to use, but it’s a must when making any hiking trip. I recommend packing for at least one extra day than you plan on being out there. As for extra clothing, make sure you can handle any element that you may come across.

#5 Pocket Knife/Tools

Here’s another no brainer when it comes to hiking. Regardless of where you are hiking, you are going to want some kind of pocket knife and any basic tools that could be of use along your journey. This is something that I personally would spend a little extra on, as you will be amazed at just how often you will come across something that requires it’s use.

Once you have the right equipment it’s time to hit the trails.  I’ve taken a look at the best spots in Las Vegas and from all over the world.

World’s Best Hiking Trails

World’s Best Hiking Trails

There’s all kinds of amazing trails to explore across the world. I spent some time researching and have put together a list of my top four trails to hike around the globe.  If you want to stay closer to home I’ve also reviewed some Vegas trails.

Kungsleden (Sweden)

This trail covers 65 miles and will take 3 to 5 days to complete. The trail starts at the Abisko Mountain Station and ends at the Saami Village of Nikkaluokta. If you want to experience the trail in solitude without a lot of others, you are going to want to go sometime outside of August, as that’s when the natives take aim at this trail. Get ready to experience the article lanscape that includes Sweden’s Birch Forests, open tundra and gigantic glaciers. You will also cross the shoulder of Mount Kebnekaise, which is the highest peak in Sweden. There’s huts placed about a day apart, in case you run across bad weather and need a place to stay put for an extended period of time. You can travel the trail in either direction, but I highly recommend going north to south, as this will keep the sun on your face.

Everest Base Camp Trek (Nepal)

If you are an experienced hiker and want to be put to the test, the Everest Base Camp Trek is one you need to put on your bucket list of things to do. This trail is a grueling 70 miles and will take roughly 16 days to complete a round trip. It’s highly recommend that you do this hike with a guide. Don’t worry it doesn’t take away from the experience and you will regret not having one if you think you can handle it on your own. This trail through the mountains lets you see three of the highest peaks on the planet, which are Everest, Lhotse and Lhotse Star. My recommendation is to make sure you take your time on the way up and enjoy the sites and experiences of the people and culture who live here.

Fitz Roy Trek (Argentina)

This world class trail is located in Patagonia, Argentina and is must see for you true trail lovers out there. The trail is 36 miles long and will take anywhere from 4 to 7 days on average to compete a round trip. You will start out at El Chalten and make your way to Laguna Torre, before heading to Poincenot Camp and eventually ending up Laguna Electrico. If you want to avoid big crowds on this trail, you are going to want to plan your trip sometime in February or March. One of my favorite things to do on this trail is once I get to Poincenot Camp, get up way early and travel to Laguna de los Tres. The sunrise view at this location is breathtaking.

Pelta Through the Back Door (Jordan)

This is a remarkable spot to hike if you haven’t been here before. It’s a 50 mile round trip trail that will take roughly 7 days to complete. This trail will take you through the deserts, mountains and peaks of Jordan, as you start out in Dana Reserve and make your way to Petra. One thing to keep in mind, is you are going to want to make this trip sometime between October and April, as this is when desert temperatures aren’t quite as hot. Just be sure to research all the amazing sites along this trail before starting. Trust me you don’t want to miss out on this experience.

These trails aren’t for the faint of heart.  To make sure your trip is a success review our how to videos and the equipment guide we have put together.