7 Of The Best Walks In Las Vegas

A good walk might not be what first springs to your mind when you think of Las Vegas. Clubs, casinos, shows, maybe, but not walks. However, the fantastically scenic walks in and around Las Vegas are Sin City’s best-kept secret. With extensive mountain views, red rock canyons, and more, there’s so much of the outdoors to explore and endless walking opportunities. So, we’ve narrowed it down to seven of the best walks in Las Vegas.

Best Walks in Las Vegas

1. Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail

Length: 7 miles
Duration: 2 hours

History buffs will love this one. It’s an easy walk but at 7 miles out and back, it’s still a hefty length that brings a great sense of achievement. If you’re looking to blow off the cobwebs after a big night in the city with a leisurely walk, all the while enjoying the scenery and learning a bit more about the history of this place, this walk is perfect. It follows along a historic railroad route near Lake Mead, which was the main route for construction materials to be brought to build the Hoover Dam in 1931. And towards the end of the trail, you are treated to fantastic views of the Hoover Dam as well as Lake Mead. You might even spot a bighorn sheep along the way!

2. Fire Wave Trail

Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: 40 minutes

Located in the Valley of Fire State Park, this beautiful hike is like being transported to another planet. Red rock f Aztec sandstone is rippled with white and pink stripes, making the whole walk seem surreal. It’s a mostly flat and easy hike that’s accessible to all, while showing off some of the best of Nevada’s unique natural beauty. Rock formations wind and tower, so they almost look like the waves of the sea. You can see where it gets the name. But unlike the sea, it gets extremely hot here, so be sure to bring lots of water with you.

3. Arizona Hot Springs

Length: 6.4 miles
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

If you like engaging walks with steep inclines, climbing ladders, narrow slot canyons, and river views, you’ll love this hike. It’s not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re fit and able, you’ll be able to do this hike. You’ll feel incredible after. Be sure to carve out lots of time for this hike, you’re going to want to relax in the hot springs for as long as you can. Then, when you want to cool off, you can take a climbing ladder down to the Colorado River for a refreshing dip. You need to take more water than you think you’ll need – the heat can get intense. Bear in mind that because of the extreme heat, this trail isn’t open during the summer months.

4. Sunset Lake Loop

Length: 2 miles
Duration: 40 minutes

While this isn’t one of the most mind-blowing hikes around Las Vegas, it’s great for those looking for a respite from the city. It’s a pretty and serene walk, looping around the lake in Sunset Park. And with lots of benches, it’s great for people watching or simply watching the ducks glide across the calm waters. You’ll spot lots of people fishing too. For those looking for a nice jaunt in nature but still in downtown Las Vegas, this walk is ideal.

5. Bristlecone Trail

Length: 5.7 miles
Duration: 2 hours 40 minutes

The Bristlecone Trail is named after the local tree species, so you know the forestry is going to be filled with lush trees. This is a family-friendly trail that offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing, beautiful scenery, and breathing in that crisp fresh forest air. The path is wide and clearly marked, with some elevation gain. But on the whole, it’s a fairly steady walk. You’ll find paths that lead you through the Spring Mountains, where you’ll have a chance to see the dramatic rocky peaks around the trail.

6. Mary Jane Falls

Length: 3.9 miles
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

This walk is slightly different in comparison to the other walks in Las Vegas on this list. It’s the only one that offers a waterfall, and it’s a beautiful one at that. It’s a challenging hike, with high elevation gain, but to reach the 300 ft waterfall at the end is a worthy reward. And the walk itself is worth the incline, passing through forest areas, unique rock formations, and treating you to stunning mountain views.

7. Las Vegas Overlook

Length: 6.3 miles
Duration: 3 hours

This is a quintessential Las Vegas hike. Located in Red Rock Canyon, this trail is quite steep as it leads you to the overlook. It’s incredibly scenic, with sweeping views of the snowcapped mountains and ethereal canyons. In certain lights, they look like they could be painted in pastel colours. While it’s a moderately challenging walk, it’s worth the journey. And as the name suggests, your efforts are rewarded with a beautiful view of Las Vegas.

Aleyna Yilmaz

Aleyna loves learning about a culture through its food, whether that's closer to home or being out there in the world. She’s always happiest when experiencing somewhere new, but her base in Manchester is a close second. A blend of her love of writing, food, travel, and culture has naturally led her to travel writing full time.

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