Bryce National Park
284 Miles - 4.5 Hour Drive
Hoodoos - grotesque, eerie and often whimsical - are on display here, along with ancient trees and scenic views from the rim. Famous for its unique geology of red rock spires and horseshoe-shaped amphitheaters, Bryce offers the visitor a "Far View" from the eastern edge of the Paunsaugunt Plateau in southern Utah.
133 Miles - 2.5 Hour Drive
Hottest, Driest, Lowest: A superlative desert of streaming sand dunes, snow-capped mountains, multicolored rock layers, water-fluted canyons and three million acres of stone wilderness. Home to the Timbisha Shoshone and to plants and animals unique to the harshest deserts. A place of legend and a place of trial.
Grand Canyon National Park
264 Miles - 4.25 Hour Drive
A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size: 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep.
20 Miles - .5 Hour Drive
Hoover Dam, originally known as Boulder Dam, is a concrete arch-gravity dam in the Black Canyon of the Colorado River, on the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada. When completed in 1935, it was both the world's largest electric-power generating station and the world's largest concrete structure.
5 Miles - .25 Hour Drive
Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round. Its huge lakes cater to boaters, swimmers, sunbathers, and fishermen while its desert rewards hikers, wildlife photographers, and roadside sightseers. It is also home to thousands of desert plants and animals, adapted to survive in an extreme place where rain is scarce and temperatures soar.
Las Vegas Strip
18 Miles - .5 Hour Drive
The Las Vegas Strip (also known as The Strip is an approximately 4 mile (6.4 km) section of Las Vegas Boulevard South. Most of "The Strip" has been designated an All-American Road. Many of the largest hotel, casino and resort properties in the world are located on The Strip. Eighteen of the world's twenty five largest hotels by room count are on the Strip, with a total of over 67,000 rooms.
58 Miles - 1 Hour Drive
Mount Charleston, formally named Charleston Peak, is the highest mountain of the Spring Mountains of southern Nevada, approximately 35 miles (56 km) northwest of Las Vegas. It is Nevada's eighth highest mountain peak and is within the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, the Mount Charleston Wilderness and the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. Well separated from higher peaks by large, low basins, it is the most topographically prominent peak in Nevada, and the eighth most prominent peak in the contiguous United States.
Mount Charleston is a year-round getaway for Las Vegas' residents and visitors, with a number of hiking trails and a modest ski area. The mountain, which is snowcapped 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.
Red Rock Canyon
40 Miles - .75 Hour Drive
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a 198,000 acre (801 km²) area managed by the Bureau of Land Management and protected as a National Conservation Area. It is located about 15 mi west of Las Vegas. The area is visited by over 1 million visitors each year.
The conservation area showcases a set of large red sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 ft (1,000 m) high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 ft (2,485 m).
A one-way loop road, 13 miles (21 km) long, provides vehicle access to many of the features in the area. Several side roads and parking areas allow access to many of the trails located in the area. A visitor center is located at the start of the loop road. The loop road is very popular for bicycle touring; it begins with a moderate climb, then is mostly downhill or flat.
River Mountains Loop Trail
The River Mountains are a vast land of contrasts, therefore what better location for a scenic loop trail. Formed by fiery lava erupting from small volcanoes nearly 5 million years ago, the River Mountains have been chiseled by water down cutting its way to the Colorado River.
The Loop Trail, approximately 35 miles in length, will surround the River Mountains, connecting Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, Henderson and the rest of the Las Vegas Valley, therefore expanding recreational and alternative transportation opportunities for the regions growing population.
Linking residential areas to local and regional parks and trails, the River Mountains Loop Trail will truly enhance the quality of life for outdoor enthusiasts of all ages. The trail will also link natural and cultural resources while providing outdoor education opportunities focused on the uniqueness of the River Mountains landscape.
Valley of Fire
55 Miles - 1.25 Hour Drive
Valley of Fire is Nevada's oldest and largest state park, dedicated 1935. The valley derives its name from the red sandstone formations and the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyph. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year.
Zion National Park
183 Miles - 3.25 Hour Drive
Utah's First National Park - Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs, or challenge your courage in a small narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream, to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons.