Photo Blog: Hiking near Las Vegas

As a follow up to my earlier post this week about cycling in the Vegas area, this post is a photo blog about my hikes in the Vegas area.

Our family vacation in the Vegas area was only a week long.  We wanted to visit the Vegas strip and downtown Vegas, so we didn’t have a lot of time to explore all the parks and hiking trails outside the city.  We stayed at Lake Las Vegas, which is about a half-hour’s drive east of the city.  It’s a small resort area, close to the Hoover Dam.

The first place we hiked was Red Rock Canyon.  Here are a few shots (photos don’t do it justice – you really need to visit there!):

Nooks and crannies all over the place!
I wonder why they call it “Red Rock” canyon?
Some of these mini canyons were off the main path.

We also spent an afternoon around the Hoover Dam.  Our exploration included a path through some old train tunnels and a view of Lake Mead from high up above:

Lake Mead.

Our final big day of hiking was at Valley of Fire State Park, about a hour’s drive northeast of Vegas.  We only hiked a few trails, but there’s a “secret” trail that’s not marked on park maps.  It took us through a beautiful canyon and the crowds of people we encountered on other trails didn’t follow us, so we had it to ourselves!

If you ever find yourself in this area, make sure to check out these areas.  And if you want to know where the secret trail is in the Valley of Fire, let me know!  There’s a lot more to explore near Vegas.  Next time, I want to venture a little further to California and Utah!

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