Walk This Way: The 7 Best Hiking Trails Near Las Vegas

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* Great hiking trails near Las Vegas, NV
* Day trips and guided tours available
* Many of these make for a romantic getaway too

Who says Vegas is only fun at night? While Sin City may be most famous as a glimmering collection of casinos, fine dining, magic shows and sporting events, a hedonistic oasis in the middle of the desert, it also boasts some very compelling nature attractions, which are especially inviting in the fall and spring. Here are seven great hikes to plan your next visit around. Click through to read the reviews from real visitors on TripAdvisor too.

1. Gold Strike Canyon Hot Springs

Gold Strike Canyon, named presumably for one of the area’s earliest “jackpots,” offers an intense but rewarding hike. There are several natural hot springs along the trail, too, so you can relax after your clambering.

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Gold Strike Canyon Reviews


2. Red Rock Canyon

The famous Red Rock Canyon offers some of the country’s best climbing spots, as well as picturesque views.

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Red Rock Canyon Reviews


3. Red Rock Calico Tanks Tour

This highly regarded tour is provided by the renowned Las Vegas Summit Adventures team. It takes you far beyond the standard “park and walk around” idea of park-visiting. You experience new heights–literally.

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4. Cathedral Rock Trail

One of Mount Charleston’s most popular trails, Cathedral Rock Trail is a moderately intense 2.8-mile round trip hike that features sweeping panoramic views and glorious rock formations.

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Cathedral Rock Reviews


5. Valley of Fire Love Hikes Tour

The Love Hikes tour is a great way for couples to go beyond the usual Vegas hangouts and try something a little different. Enjoy some fresh air and an invigorating scramble up the rocks to balance out the all-you-can eat buffet at the casino.

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6. Fortification Hill

This six-mile trail may not be the most accessible of day hikes, but it is definitely one of the most rewarding. Fortification Hill rewards the intrepid with beautiful views of the surrounding tableland, the city of Las Vegas and Lake Mead. Helicopter tours are available as well.

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Fortification Hill Reviews


7. Death Valley Hike Day Trip tour

Bindlestiff’s day tours provide some of the coolest ways to see Death Valley in one day. Setting out from Las Vegas, Death Valley is 140 miles away. It typically takes a little over two hours to get there. In the spring and fall, you can see the natural beauty of one of America’s most extreme environments – hence the name.

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