Visiting Las Vegas isn’t always about staying in town and exploring The Strip. Locals will tell you that there are some outstanding natural environments all within a 1-hour drive from downtown Las Vegas. So if you’re an outdoor lover and want to see what Mother Nature has to offer the next time you visit, here are 4 day adventures that you certainly won’t want to overlook:
• Goodsprings – if you want to step back in time to the Old West, a trip to Goodsprings might just be the ticket. This Nevada ghost town dates back to the early 1900’s when miners came out to prospect their fortunes. You can visit the Pioneer Saloon which is still in operation today, go off-roading, explore the remains of one of southern Nevada’s most beautiful mining areas, and Hollywood history.
• Red Rock Canyon – probably the ultimate Las Vegas outdoor excursion is Red Rock Canyon, a beautiful, copper-looking conservation area abundant with nature’s wonders. The canyon offers nearly 30 exploratory hiking trails ranging from a casual, easy day hike to a strenuous, uphill trek. Regardless of which trail you decide to venture out on, every one of them will take you to beautiful destinations with spectacular panoramas. The canyon features a 13-mile scenic one-way drive through the canyon along with campgrounds, amazing geology, hiking trails, plants, and wildlife.
• Spring Mountain Ranch State Park – you wouldn’t expect to see a lawn growing in the Mojave Desert would you? But at this outstanding park, you can stand barefoot in lush, cool grass. But don’t thank the Park Service for that. Thank the 6 natural springs on the property for creating this. Explore some amazing hiking loop trails throughout Spring Mountain Ranch Park and don’t neglect to visit the property’s historic main ranch house as well.
• Valley of Fire – this unique Aztec sandstone landscape that rises up out of the Mojave Desert glows like fire, hence the appropriately named Valley of Fire. Adventurers and explorers should keep an eye open for petroglyphs dating back 2,500 years plus many geological features and even dinosaur bones. You’ll quickly discover why this 40,000-acre landscape is so photogenic. Valley of Fire state park also hosts its annual Atlatl Competition where participants display replicas of ancient weaponry and test their skills.
All of these fantastic spots are located a short drive from downtown Las Vegas. If you want to rest comfortably when staying in the DTLV, call the Oasis at Gold Spike at (702) 768-9823 and reserve your room today. We will be happy to have you stay with us and make memories to cherish forever. Call now.