Those who live in Las Vegas know it's not just about The Strip; Vegas is in the middle of some of the most epic nature in the country. You can drive for 1 to 3 hours in any direction and find incredible adventures. Whether you're a visitor to Las Vegas or a local, these adventure trips hidden beyond the LA Vegas Strip should not be missed.
On every local and traveler's radar are the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Red Rock Canyon. Additionally, most people will have heard about the wonders of Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The four epic adventure trips we share with you are hidden off the main tourist trails, though they are popular with adventure seekers. Please keep reading to discover 4 Adventure Trips Hidden Beyond the Las Vegas Strip.
4 Adventure Trips Hidden Beyond the Las Vegas Strip
Emerald Cave & Black Canyon National Water Trail
This adventure is an exciting trip for water lovers. The Emerald Cave & Black Canyon National Water Trail will see you floating on crystal clear water along the Colorado River, past epic multi-colored cliffs, rocky outcrops, sandy beaches, and hidden coves. The river runs between Arizona and Nevada, so you'll get views across two states.
You can launch your kayaks or paddle craft from Willow Beach, which has a restaurant and a campground.
Additionally, you can launch from Hoover Dam. However, you require a special permit for this or a guided tour.
Emerald Cave, on Black Canyon Water Trail, is located 2 miles up river from Willow Beach. It is where you will find some of the most epic Instagram-worthy photos.
The water trail is 30 miles long, so this one is for real adventure lovers.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located just 30 minutes from Las Vegas and next to Red Rock Canyon. You will find this beautiful park quieter and less touristy than Red Rock.
Offering scenic hiking trails, picnic areas, and historic buildings, the park has incredible scenery and a serene ambiance.
Gold Butte National Monument
Gold Butte National Monument is a United States national monument located in Clark County, Nevada, for lovers of history and culture and anyone who loves epic landscapes.
Rock climbers adore the epic rock cliffs, and the area is a photographer's dream.
The remote and rugged desert landscape of dramatically chiseled red sandstone and twisting canyons makes this hidden adventure a memorable trip.
Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail
Gold Strike Hot Springs Trail is a 6-mile trail near Boulder City, Nevada. The trail is not for the faint-hearted, but the natural hot springs are absolutely worth the effort.
Boasting hot pools, grottos, and hot waterfalls in the surrounding area, this extreme adventure incorporates a series of 20-foot rope climbs. Plan for about 3-4 hours of hiking.
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