When people think of Las Vegas, they picture slot machines, glitzy casinos, themed hotels and entertainment extraordinaire. They only think of “The Strip”.
Las Vegas is more than just “The Strip”. There is a lot more to this world-famous getaway destination, and nearly 2 million people valley-wide call Las Vegas home.
Here are ten things you can do in Las Vegas that does not involve the Strip.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert.
Red Rock Canyon is known for geological features such as towering red sandstone peaks and the Keystone Thrust Fault, as well as Native American petroglyphs.
The one-way 13-mile scenic drive through Red Rock Canyon allows visitors to explore the highs and lows of the canyon from their vehicle or bicycle, with many scenic stops and trailheads along the way.
Entrance fees support visitor facilities and upkeep for this world-renowned scenic drive.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a U.S. National Recreation Area located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona.
Swim, boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s first and largest national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes.
Hoover Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between Nevada and Arizona. It was constructed between 1931 and 1936 during the Great Depression.
Hoover Dam impounds Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States by volume (when it is full). The dam is located 7 miles northeast of Boulder City, Nevada. The dam’s generators provide power for public and private utilities in Nevada, Arizona, and California. Hoover Dam is a major tourist attraction; nearly a million people tour the dam each year.
Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada is a premier residential, golf and resort destination situated on a privately owned 320-acre lake that features 10 miles of shoreline just 17 miles from the Las Vegas Strip.
Within the 3,592-acre master planned community are a range of residential offerings, two challenging golf courses, and three world-class hotels.
In addition, the Old-World Mediterranean-inspired destination includes pampering spas; a full-service marina with watercraft and water sport rentals and yacht cruises; hiking and biking trails; and MonteLago Village, a pedestrian-only enclave with lakeside restaurants, cafes, new Seasons Grocery, and a collection of businesses with residential offerings.
Valley of Fire State Park is a public recreation and nature preservation area covering nearly 46,000 acres located 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The state park derives its name from red sandstone formations, the Aztec Sandstone, which formed from shifting sand dunes 150 million years ago.
The park has a visitor’s center plus facilities for picnicking, camping, and hiking. Petroglyphs are seen throughout the park, with Mouse’s Tank and Atlatl Rock are two areas in particular with numerous petroglyphs that are relatively easily accessible.
It is Nevada’s oldest state park and was designated as a National Natural Landmark in 1968.
The Clark County Wetlands Park is the largest park in the Clark County, Nevada park system. The park is on the east side of the Las Vegas valley and runs from the various water treatment plants near the natural beginning of the Las Vegas Wash to where the wash flows under Lake Las Vegas and later into Lake Mead.
The Wetlands Park preserves and enhances natural and cultural resources, and provides educational, recreational, and research opportunities to the public.
Mount Charleston is an unincorporated town in Clark County, Nevada. The town of Mount Charleston is named for nearby Mount Charleston whose Charleston Peak at 11,916 feet is the highest point in Clark County.
Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas’s residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area. The mountain, which is snow-capped more than half the year, can be seen from parts of the Las Vegas Strip when looking toward the west.
Mount Charleston has nearly 200 camp sites and over 150 picnic areas, some of which are RV-accessible. The village of Mount Charleston, Nevada, lies at its base to the east.
Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is a 2,040-acre park in Las Vegas, Nevada. The park is centered on Tule Springs, a series of small lakes that formed an oasis in this part of the Mojave Desert.
The historic Tule Springs Ranch is tucked inside the park and provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the traditional working ranch and early Las Vegas lifestyle.
There are four lakes at the park that are stocked for fishing. Tule Springs Lake is the largest of the lakes in the park followed by, Mulberry Lake, then Cottonwood Lake, and then Desert Willow Lake.
Las Vegas Springs Preserve consists of 180 acres dedicated to nature walks and displays and is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Valley Water District.
The Preserve is located approximately three miles west of downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. The Preserve is built around the original water source for Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Springs.
Springs Preserve includes colorful desert botanical gardens, museum galleries, outdoor concert and event venues, an indoor theater, historic photo gallery and a series of walking trails that meander through a wetland habitat.
Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is situated within the Ivanpah Valley adjacent to Sheep Mountain and the McCullough, Bird Spring, and Goodsprings ranges of mountains.
A creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color.
As you can see there is life outside of the Las Vegas “Strip”! In fact, I think we are pretty lucky to have so many amenities right at our door stop. One of the many reasons why I love living in Las Vegas!
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