Las Vegas is known for its casinos and nightclubs, but if you venture past the Strip, you’ll find expansive mountains and trails to hike and explore. Here are just a handful of the interesting, colorful, and varied trails you’ll find around Las Vegas.
Mary Jane Falls
#31daysofhalloween #day19: I went up to Mount Charleston yesterday to see the last of the fall colors. I had heard that Lee Canyon was pretty much done but Kyle Canyon still had some trees with leaves left, so I struck out on the South Loop Trail for a little while until I decided it was time to turn around and head home. Some spots of yellow here and there but the trees are mostly bare now, but at one point I did turn around on the trail to see this spectacular view of Mummy Mountain behind me with the sun shining just so, perfectly highlighting the “sarcophagus“ of Mummy Mountain from the Forehead (right) all the way to the Toe (left). Plus it was overcast with a nice fall chill in the air, and I ran across some deer near the trail. All that seemed pretty Halloweeny to me! 🎃👻🕷🕸🦇💀😈🖤🤡🎈🍂🦌#hiking #hikinglasvegas #vegashikers #vegasoutdoors #myvegas #optoutside #halloveen #halloweenish #fall #fallhiking #fallcolors #fallinvegas #halloweeninvegas #vegashalloween #averyvegashalloween #southlooptrail #mountcharleston #springmountains #kylecanyon #mummymountain #vegas #lasvegas #vegaslife #vegaslocal #chasingfallweather
Mary Jane Falls is a popular trail for locals, especially in the summer. The 2.5 mile moderate hike is located on Mount Charleston, and features a waterfall at the end of the trail. The temperatures in Mount Charleston average at least fifteen degrees cooler than Las Vegas itself, so it’s a nice refuge away from the summer heat. This trail is also open to dogs, but they must be leashed at all times.
This hike starts off harder than you might anticipate, but the view at the end is worth it. For a truly spectacular view of the waterfall, spring is the best time to visit.
Ice Box Canyon
Ice Box Canyon is a moderate-to-difficult trail located inside Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The red rocks and jagged landscapes inside this national park sets it apart from its counterparts, Mount Charleston and Lake Mead. Since the climate is more arid than Mount Charleston, it’s a nicer park to visit in the cooler months. This 2.5 mile trail is one of the cooler (temperature-wise) hikes inside Red Rock, and is popular in the winter and early spring.
Liberty Bell Arch
Liberty Bell Arch is another great hiking option inside Lake Mead. Due to high temperatures, this trail is not accessible during the summer, but if you visit in the spring and fall, it’s an ideal way to spend time outdoors. The trail goes up and over canyons, and passes by a World War II magnesium mine before reaching the end of the Arch.
Cleopatra is one of the more difficult washes to hike, but its beauty makes the time spent traversing this trail well worth it. From beginning to end, elevation changes approximately 900 feet from the top of the Wash, through the Black Mountains and down to Lake Mead. Due to dropping lake levels, many hikers will opt to bypass the cliffs that have been created to reach the water.
Black Velvet Peak
The Black Velvet Peak Trail is another popular trail inside Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This trail is a little harder to get to compared to more popular hikes like Ice Box Canyon, but it’s worth the extra work. The black rocks that give the area its name set it apart from the rest of Red Rock, and the 2,000-foot high walls make it ideal for wall climbing.