I bet few of us have thought, “Let’s head to Las Vegas for some great rides and beautiful views!” But you’ve got to burn off those extra calories you gained on your trip somehow! Take a break from the strip and hit up some of the beautiful trails the Las Vegas area has to offer!
1. The Cowboy Trails to the Las Vegas OverlookPhoto by Wayne Hsieh / flickr.com
Distance/Time: 6 miles, 3 hours
Elev. Gain: 1,500 feet
The Cowboy Trails are located within the boundaries of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and are a dream for anyone who loves extremely technical riding in a unique and beautiful setting. The trails require a big effort going both uphill and down. Your reward for your efforts on this trail is the Las Vegas Overlook. With great panoramic views of Red Rock Canyon to the west, the La Madre Mountain Range to the north and Las Vegas to the east, the view is worth the trek.
2. Lower Bristlecone TrailPhoto by Trail Sherpa / flickr.com
Distance: 3 miles (lower part of trail)
Season: March to November
Trail type: Dirt/Gravel Road
The lower Bristlecone Trail is a moderate trail with some great views. It consists of a fairly consistent climb with no real technical features. The climb is steady but not too steep. As a downhill, it is fast and fun for a fire road. Trailhead parking is off Lee Canyon Rd.
3. Duck Creek Trail in Wetlands ParkPhoto by Andrew / flickr.com
Distance/Time: 2 miles, 1 hour
Elevation Gain: 10 feet
The Duck Creek Trail makes for a smooth, easy ride. The Wetlands Park protects 2,900 acres of unique and varied wildlife habitat. The Las Vegas wash flows through this park, supporting fragile and threatened areas of marsh and riparian habitat. Coyote, quail and rabbit are prolific along the wash, and wetlands, especially at dawn & dusk.
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