6 Exciting Outdoor Activities In & Around Las Vegas

If you’re looking for something a little different than you’re used to in Las Vegas, there are a number of awesome outdoor activities that will keep your sense of adventure satisfied. Many people are surprised to learn that so many fun outdoor options exist and are so close to the heart of the city. Next time you visit Downtown Las Vegas, here are six exciting outdoor activities to check out.

1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

If you ask any Las Vegas local about Red Rock, they’ll have plenty to say about this beautiful area only 20 to 30 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas. This national conservation park is where you’ll find some of the best hiking trails, wildlife, and natural scenery in all of Southern Nevada. Known for its stunning geological features, the area has vivid ribbons of red rocks due to oxidized minerals throughout the canyon.

For those who need to get away from the city for a little while, there are several ways to enjoy Red Rock Canyon. You can choose to park and explore one of the 26 hiking trails, which vary in length and difficulty. You can also admire the beautiful canyon by driving the 13-mile scenic route that takes you through the entire conservation area. Otherwise, bikes are also welcome on the scenic route, offering another way to get some outdoor exercise while in Las Vegas.

2. Springs Preserve

Looking for something to do outside without having to leave Las Vegas? Springs Preserve is the perfect little getaway for a quick outdoor excursion. Located just three miles west of Downtown Las Vegas, Springs Preserve consists of 180 acres of nature walks, botanical gardens, family-friendly activities, and historical displays that will give you some insight into how Las Vegas got its start.

Depending on the time of year and seasonal exhibits, these are some of the things you can enjoy at Springs Preserve:

  • Butterfly Habitat – enjoy free-flying butterflies every Spring season
  • Boomtown 1905 – a realistically staged 1905 Las Vegas town
  • Train Ride – takes you through the area while pointing out interesting facts
  • Playground – ideal if you have your family with you
  • Trails – take in the natural scenery and sunshine on a walking trail
  • Wildlife – see animals native to the Las Vegas desert on display
  • Nevada State Museum – located inside Springs Preserve

3. Mount Charleston

Another surprising and hidden gem that’s a quick drive from Las Vegas is Mount Charleston. This recreation area is where Las Vegas locals go for skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, or to escape the desert heat and enjoy the outdoors. About a 45-minute drive from Downtown Las Vegas, Mount Charleston has a lodge for dining, cabins for rent, and beautiful outdoor areas open to the public.

At an elevation of 7,500 feet, Mount Charleston is generally about 20 degrees cooler than Downtown Las Vegas. In the summer months, it could be a relaxing way to cool off and see some spring mountain scenery. In the winter months, you’ll have a chance to enjoy the snow for a few hours before heading back to Sin City.

4. Downtown Las Vegas Bike Rentals

If you plan on staying local but still want to enjoy the outdoors, you can get around Las Vegas by renting a bicycle. With several places to rent a bike in Downtown Las Vegas, it’s as simple as downloading an app and purchasing a pass. You’ll also notice that there is an abundance of bike lanes throughout the city, especially in the downtown area, to help you share the roads with drivers safely. The bike rental service is available 24 hours a day and all year round.

Here are some places in Downtown Las Vegas to consider visiting by bicycle:

  • The Mob Museum
  • Downtown Container Park
  • The Arts District
  • The Neon Museum
  • Las Vegas Premium Outlets North

5. Outdoor People Watching

Being outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be hiking or biking. You can also find a good place to sit, enjoy a drink, and watch the Las Vegas crowds pass by! In Downtown Las Vegas, you’ll find some of the best outdoor people-watching spots in the city, including the patio at Triple George Grill, Whiskey Licker Up at Binion’s, Patio Bar at Four Queens, and the Fremont Street pedestrian mall just two blocks away from Downtown Grand.

Not sure where to go? The concierge or front desk staff at Downtown Grand can help you find the perfect outdoor place to relax and take it all in. Come see us for the best recommendations and local insight.

6. Cooling Off at the Pool

There’s really no better way to relax outdoors and soak up the Las Vegas sun than poolside with a cool drink in hand. If you plan to visit Downtown Las Vegas, be sure to pack your swimsuit or trunks and flip-flops for an awesome afternoon by the pool.

The Citrus Grand Pool Deck rooftop pool offers free admission for Downtown Grand guests and features:

  • A sparkling infinity pool
  • Lounge chairs for sunbathing
  • A full bar
  • A special food menu from Freedom Beat
  • Semi-private cabanas
  • Backyard games (foosball, corn hole, and ping pong)
  • Day beds
  • Grassy seating area
  • Poolside DJ during summer months

Located in Downtown Las Vegas, you can easily access any of these outdoor activities from Downtown Grand. If you want to switch it up during your next visit, our team can help you book transportation or put together an itinerary to enjoy the outdoors and make the most of your time in Sin City.

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