Enjoy the Great Outdoors at Las Vegas' 10 Best Parks

Showgirls and casinos are only one side of Las Vegas. Beyond the glitzy Strip, you'll find a wealth of parks and outdoor activities. Since Las Vegas is in the desert, many popular outdoor areas feature water–an essential resource that has drawn people to the area for a very long time.

One of Las Vegas' most popular outdoor destinations is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, known for world-class rock climbing and great hiking trails, many to hidden springs or seasonal water sources. The colorful, majestic cliffs and intriguing rock formations are also highly photogenic.

For most of the year, Las Vegas enjoys temperate weather, but in summer the temperatures are scorching. Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers visitors one way to escape the heat. If you decide to head out on the lake for boating or other water sports, remember the sunscreen–it can be easy to spend too much time in the desert sun when you're in the water having a great time.

Wildlife is abundant at many Las Vegas parks. Migratory birds and animals of all kinds can be seen around springs and ponds, especially early in the morning or late in the day. The variety of creatures you might spot may surprise some visitors: bunnies, lizards, big horn sheep, peacocks and burros, among many others.

Read on for a list of Las Vegas' 10 best parks to find out where you can enjoy the area's beautiful outdoors.



The grassy, tree-filled Floyd Lamb Park offers a great respite from the desert. Several lakes in the park support a wealth of plant and animal life, including an abundance of birds. Fishing in the stocked ponds is allowed (with a license),...  Read More



Located just down the road from Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area on Highway 159, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a small oasis in the dry Mojave Desert. Natural springs have attracted people from the early Native Americans through...  Read More

Hemenway Valley Park
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Boulder City has grown up around Hemenway Valley Park, which was once a little bit removed from houses and people. The park itself is pretty ordinary, with well-used picnic areas, a tennis court and a playground. The exceptional thing about the...  Read More

Clark County Wetlands Park
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Located between Las Vegas and Lake Mead about one mile east of Boulder Highway and Tropicana Avenue, Clark County Wetlands Park is a 2,900-acre oasis in the Mojave Desert. Reclaimed water from the urban area of Las Vegas flows through the park,...  Read More

Northwest Las Vegas
Springs Preserve
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Located just three miles from the famed Las Vegas Strip, the Springs Preserve is an award-winning 180-acre family destination dedicated to exploring green-living, desert life and Las Vegas' vibrant history through botanical gardens, interactive...  Read More

Mount Charleston


The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston, it is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of...  Read More

Sunset Park
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The crown jewel of Clark County's park system, Sunset Park has served the Las Vegas valley since 1967. Park expansions over the years have developed 185 of the 323 total acres, making Sunset the largest and the most distinguished park in town....  Read More



Lake Mead National Recreation Park Area allows a great deal of relaxation and fun year-round. It's most-visited entrance is located four miles southeast of Boulder City, but there are other entrance points into this large park. At 1.5 million...  Read More

Valley of Fire State Park
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This grand geological park, located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas, is Nevada's oldest state park. Its brilliantly colored sandstone formations were generated from 150 million years of weathering in the Mojave Desert. In fact, the park's name...  Read More

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Part of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just past the western edge of Las Vegas, about 17 miles from downtown Las Vegas. The area is home to spectacular scenery, mostly notably the colorful rocks and...  Read More


Meet Terrisa Meeks

Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but...  More About Terrisa