10 hikes near Las Vegas to celebrate Nevada Moves Day
By CAITLIN LILLY LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL
Although it’s not officially spring for another four days, the weather in the Las Vegas Valley sure feels like it’s already here. With that in mind, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy a nice relaxing hike.
If you needed an actual excuse or a reason to get outdoors, Wednesday is officially “Nevada Moves Day,” according to the City of Las Vegas.
Here are 10 hikes near the Las Vegas Valley to take advantage of on Nevada Moves Day — or any day you just feel like getting outdoors:
Lost Creek - Children's Discovery Trail at Red Rock
Difficulty: Easy Whether you're an experienced hiker or you're hiking for the first time, this mile long trail welcomes all ages and all skill levels. According to Red Rock Canyon, make sure you keep a look out for petroglyphs and the hidden waterfall in the canyon.
Railroad Trail at Lake Mead
Difficulty: Easy According to the National Park Service, from the start of the trail back to the parking garage at Hoover Dam, the hike is almost 4 miles long. In addition to taking in stunning views of Lake Mead and Boulder Basin during your hike, you'll also stroll through four tunnels that were used to transport equipment and materials during the construction of Hoover Dam.
White Domes Trail at Valley of Fire State Park
Difficulty: Easy This mile long loop will take you in and out of picturesque slot canyons. According to Valley of Fire, during the hike, you'll also come across remnants of a movie set left over from the 1960s.
First Creek Canyon Trail at Red Rock
Difficulty: Easy to moderate Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association describes this picturesque hike as a "pleasant 3 mile walk across a desert valley to a little waterfall."
Ward Legacy Trail at Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park
Difficulty: Easy to moderate If you have a day to spare, head to Ely and discover the Ward Charcoal Ovens. According to thethe park's trail map, although there are seven different trails in the area, the Ward Legacy Trail, which is approximately 2 miles, will take you directly in front of the ovens.
Ice Box Canyon at Red Rock
Difficulty: Moderate Since this hike takes you through a cool and shady box canyon, along with season waterfalls, Red Rock Canyon describes this 3 mile hike as a "good hike for a hot day."
Mosaic Canyon Trail at Death Valley National Park
Difficulty: Moderate Wander though slot canyons and take in the sights of Death Valley National Park on this approximately 4 mile hike. Keep your eyes peeled for bighorn sheep along the hike, as they are occasionally spotted on the trail, the National Park Service notes.
Charleston Peak-North Loop Trail at Mount Charleston
Difficulty: Advanced According to Hiking Las Vegas, not only is Charleston Peak the highest peak at Mount Charleston, but at 16-miles round trip, it's also the longest hike on our list. If you aren't afraid to put in some miles, the incredible views are worth it.
Goldstrike Canyon Hot Springs in Boulder City
Difficulty: Advanced Take a dip in a hot spring or take in the stunning views of Hoover Dam on this 4 mile hike. According to the National Park Service, if you plan to hike this trail, consider doing so in the spring time, as the trail has closed due to heat danger in the past.
Mary Jane Falls Trail at Mount Charleston
Difficulty: Advanced For many, seeing the pristine Mary Jane Falls at the end of the hike is the highlight of the experience. However, along the way you'll also see breathtaking views of Mount Charleston. According to Mount Charleston Resort, the hike is 3-miles round trip. If you're most interested in seeing the falls, wait till spring, as that's when they flow the heaviest.