Most people immediately start thinking about casino action, excellent shows, great food and luxury resorts when thinking about Las Vegas vacations. Well, that is just a part of a bigger and even more beautiful picture. Las Vegas and its surrounding area also boast of some amazing national parks. So, when planning a vacation to Las Vegas makes sure you include park trips into your itinerary.
Let’s look at a handful of the many parks you can visit.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is also a part of the Mojave Desert and is located just past the western edge of Las Vegas. The area is home to colorful rocks and dramatic cliffs with many hiking trails and scenic overlooks. When visiting this area, make sure you stop at the visiting center so you will get more knowledge about the history of this area.
This park is located just about 10 miles from the city, and it offers excellent beauty with history. The park was a working ranch and a Native American winter resting point. When estranged couples want to divorce, they will stay here for six weeks making them meet the Nevada residency standards required to get a Las Vegas divorce. It’s great for walking, biking, and picnics.
This park is Nevada’s oldest state park and is located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. In fact, the park’s name comes from the vibrant appearance of sunlight on the ruddy rocks and its colored sandstone formations were made from 150 million years of weathering in the Mojave Desert. There are about seventy-two campsites for an additional fee and come equipped with shaded tables, grills, water and restrooms here in the park.
Sunset Park has been serving the Las Vegas valley since the year 1967. Sunset is the largest and the unique park in town as it has expanded over the years to about 185 of the 323 total acres. The most recent expansion includes the addition of walking trails meandering through natural mesquite and dunes areas.
The Mount Charleston encompasses more than 316,000 acres of beautiful landscape and is located just 30 minutes from downtown Las Vegas. Skiing is a top draw during the winter months, and hiking trails become incredibly popular when the weather warms. Camping and picnicking are also prominent, and the area home about 50 sensitive plants and animals, some of which are rare.
These are just some of the Las Vegas amusement parks that offer good times to remember. Plan a Las Vegas weekend today.