If you ask someone about Las Vegas, the responses usually revolve around shows, casinos, and hotels. Yet, the city offers so much more than the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. With federally protected areas of conservation and recreation flanking the valley, a nearby mountain ski resort that feels like a world apart from the Strip, and other hidden outdoor gems, Las Vegas is a wonderful place to call home and visit for those who thrive spending time in the great outdoors.
With an average of nearly 300 sunny days per year, the year-round sunshine makes for happy residents and tourists who can explore and enjoy the desert climate and spend ample time outside.
For tourists, taking advantage of Las Vegas’ many natural wonders is easy and convenient. It can be difficult to travel an hour or two outside of a city to experience these wonders, but Las Vegas makes it easy to take a day or weekend trip to a variety of nearby adventures.
One must-visit location: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area that frames the western edge of the Las Vegas valley with spectacular topography. Forming the western border of the award-winning master-planned community of Summerlin®, Red Rock Canyon offers a variety of different trail options at various levels. With 26 hikes and trails to choose from, enjoy sandstone scenery and desert vegetation as you explore Southern Nevada wilderness. Guided tours are offered almost daily.
Other notable highlights of Red Rock include its 13-mile scenic drive through the canyon that allows guests to explore the area from the comfort of their vehicle. Minimal entrance fees apply to support visitor facilities and upkeep for this world-renowned scenic drive.
Rock climbing on both an amateur and world-class level is becoming increasingly popular in Red Rock Canyon. Great boulders and sheer rock faces bring climbers from around the world to experience the area first-hand.
Bicycling and running in Red Rock Canyon are other ways to see the local flora and fauna. Bicycles and runners are allowed on the one-way scenic drive, paved spur roads, and designated mountain bike trails.
A stay at neighboring Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa or JW Marriott Las Vegas Resort & Spa are both a short drive to Red Rock Canyon and other must-see locations in Las Vegas such as a visit to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. And while many are attracted to the area due to the bevy of water sports the area accommodates, more than 87% of the park protects a vast area of the Eastern Mojave Desert. The best way to explore this diverse ecosystem is traveling across the open expanses of rock transformations in every color of the rainbow.
Another top outdoor option is Mt. Charleston. Located about 40 miles from Las Vegas and spanning more than 90 acres, Mt. Charleston, or Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, boasts everything from picnic areas and camp sites to amphitheaters, trailheads and views of Kyle Canyon and Charleston Peak. During the winter, Mt. Charleston offers the area’s only ski resort where both man-made and natural snow support a variety of winter sports. The Gateway is also home to the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial, the nation’s first national Cold War memorial – an incredibly historic and scenic location
If these options aren’t enough to satisfy your craving for the Southern Nevada outdoors, visit Get Outdoors Nevada visit https://getoutdoorsnevada.org/ to learn about all the region’s natural treasures.
Developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation, Summerlin began to take shape in 1990 and has ranked in the country’s top 10 best-selling master-planned communities for nearly two decades. Located along the western rim of the Las Vegas valley, Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres with approximately 6,000 gross acres still remaining to accommodate future growth, including infrastructure, open space and common areas, all within the master plan. The community is currently home to nearly 100,000 residents who enjoy an unparalleled list of amenities. These include more than 250 neighborhood and village parks, more than 150 completed miles of trails, 26 public and private schools, 14 houses of worship, ten golf courses, shopping centers, medical and cultural facilities, business parks and dozens of actively selling floor plans. Homes are available in a variety of styles – from single-family homes to townhomes– priced from the $300,000s to more than $2.5 million. For information on custom homesites in The Ridges please call 702.255.2500. Luxury apartment homes offer monthly rents starting from the $900s.
About The Howard Hughes Corporation®
The Howard Hughes Corporation owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the U.S. Our properties include master planned communities, operating properties, development opportunities and other unique assets spanning 14 states from New York to Hawai‘i. The Howard Hughes Corporation is traded on the New York Stock Exchange as HHC with major offices in New York, Columbia, MD, Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Honolulu. For additional information about HHC, visit www.howardhughes.com, or find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
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