Beyond The Neon: 10 Las Vegas Parks Worth Venturing Off-Strip For
There's so much more to Las Vegas than just neon signs and showgirls. The area is home to some of the most picturesque parks in the country, offering an array of outdoor activities for visitors to partake in. From bird watching to rock climbing, Las Vegas' many parks have it all.
One of the area's most popular outdoor destination is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, known for its rugged red rock formations and great hiking opportunities. Valley of Fire State Park also ranks high with hikers, as it's home to 3,000-year-old Indian petroglyphs.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is visited by more than 1 million people each year.
Local Expert Tip: "If you plan to go hiking or rock climbing, bring plenty of water and sunscreen."
Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935.
Local Expert Tip: "For a fun way to experience Valley of Fire, book Sun Buggy Fun Rentals' Valley of Fire Tour. Guest can drive a custom-built dune buggy and make multiple stops while taking in the breathtaking scenery and wildlife. "
Featuring two lakes and more than 1.5 million acres of land, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is one of Las Vegas' most refreshing escapes.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to book a sightseeing cruise aboard Lake Mead Cruises' authentic, three-level, Mississippi-style paddlewheeler the Desert Princess. "
Sunset Park contains the last remaining natural dunes that once dominated the southern end of the Las Vegas valley.
Local Expert Tip: "Bring the whole family; aside from a dog park, Sunset Park boasts pet-friendly walking trails."
Mount Charleston provides a quick getaway for locals and a haven for solitude.
Local Expert Tip: "Since Mount Charleston is one of the state's highest mountains, be sure to dress accordingly when visiting, as temperatures are much cooler."
The Botanical Gardens at the Springs Preserve was just named one of the 'Top 10 North American Gardens Worth Traveling For.'
Local Expert Tip: "Gardens and trails close at 4 p.m. or dusk (whichever comes first), so be sure to arrive early to give yourself plenty of time to explore."
The Clark County Wetlands Park not only preserves natural wetlands, but also improves water quality and control erosion along the Las Vegas Wash.
Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to visit the new Clark County Wetlands Park Nature Center, an 8,335-square-foot exhibit gallery designed to give visitors of all ages an interactive overview of the unique eco-system that the park is designed to protect."
Birders flock to the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve year-round to see a variety of feathered friends.
Local Expert Tip: "Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars for the best experience."
Attracting more than 68,000 visitors annually, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest National... Read more »
Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget your camera!"
The Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park is the only zoo in Las Vegas and the only year-round zoo in Nevada.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to visit the last family of Barbary Apes in the United States during your visit."
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