Las Vegas Hikes

Despite being just 15 miles from the bright lights of the Vegas strip, the areas of Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston are a stark contrast and a great place for outdoors lovers. Here you can expect stunning hiking and unparalleled raw desert beauty and peaks reaching up to 12,000 feet.

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THE TOP 10 HIKING TRAILS AROUND LAS VEGAS

#1. Fletcher Peak (11.3km, 688m, 2.5-3h): Fletcher Peak is not only one of the easiest mountains to climb in the park, but also the sixth highest point in the state, boasting fantastic views of the Spring Mountains. Truly, a beautiful half-day hike that is nothing short of fantastic!

#2. La Madre Springs (6.6km, 246m, 1.25-1.75h): This moderate hike in Red Rock Canyon leads up a very well-graded trail to a quaint river with a gurgling spring. The views of the steep sided mountains and sandstone cliffs along the trail are truly awe-inspiring.

#3. Trail Canyon (7.7km, 623m, 3-3.5h): Climbing up to a ridge with fantastic views of the Spring Mountain and Mt. Charleston, this hike is a true gem. The well-graded trail makes the elevation gain feel easier, and the absolutely stunning alpine views from the top are definitely worth the effort.

#4. Moenkopi Trail (3.4km, 54m, 0.5-1h): Best appreciated in the early morning, this gorgeous loop hike ventures out from the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Centre, gaining a ridge and yielding stunning panoramic views of almost the entire park. Bring you camera, folks!

#5. Calico Hills Loop (2.1km, 38m, 0.5-1h): The red rock of Calico Hills is the centrepiece of most peoples’ visit to Red Rock Canyon. A small modicum of effort takes hikers along a short loop granting a more intimate look at the steep and textured red cliffs.

#6. Cathedral Rock (4.7km, 263m, 1-1.5h): This stunning, popular hike in the Spring Mountains leads up a handful of switchbacks to a rocky promontory, granting sunning panoramic views of the park. The wide, well graded trail is easy to follow.

#7. White Rock Trail (4.2km, 212m, 1-1.5h): Stunning panoramic views of the La Madre Mountains are the reward for this seldomly-travelled trail. As you ascend along a very level path above the plane of Red Rock Canyon to the base of the mountains, the whole park will fall open before your eyes.

#8. Calico Tanks (3.7km, 105m, 1-1.5h): Calico Tanks is a classic hike leaving from the scenic Sandstone Quarry. Though hard to follow at times, this trail leads through a narrow canyon to a picturesque water tank. If you leave early you will have this stunning secluded spring all to yourself, allowing you to bask in its gorgeous natural presence in peace.

#9. Mary Jane Falls (5.2km, 278m, 1.25-1.75h): This popular trail leads slowly up to a small waterfall in the heart of the Mt. Charleston Valley. From this vantage point you will have fantastic views up the face of Charleston Peak, all from the secluded amphitheatre that has formed around the falls.

#10. Icebox Canyon (4km, 112m, 1.5-2h): This extremely popular hike ascends a steep-sided canyon carved into a slot between two incredibly steep mountains. After crossing part of the desert, you will hike up a very rocky creek basin to access the microclimates of Icebox Canyon.

01. FLETCHER PEAK

01. FLETCHER PEAK

  • Difficulty
  • 11.3km
  • 688m
  • 2.5-3h

02. LA MADRE SPRINGS

02. LA MADRE SPRINGS

  • Difficulty
  • 6.6km
  • 246m
  • 1.25-1.75h

03. TRAIL CANYON

03. TRAIL CANYON

  • Difficulty
  • 7.7km
  • 623m
  • 3-3.5h

04. MOENKOPI TRAIL

04. MOENKOPI TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 3.4km
  • 54m
  • 0.5-1h

05. CALICO HILLS LOOP

05. CALICO HILLS LOOP

  • Difficulty
  • 2.1km
  • 38m
  • 0.5-1h

06. CATHEDRAL ROCK

06. CATHEDRAL ROCK

  • Difficulty
  • 4.7km
  • 263m
  • 1-1.5h

07. WHITE ROCK TRAIL

07. WHITE ROCK TRAIL

  • Difficulty
  • 4.2km
  • 212m
  • 1-1.5h

08. CALICO TANKS

08. CALICO TANKS

  • Difficulty
  • 3.7km
  • 105m
  • 1-1.5h

09. MARY JANE FALLS

09. MARY JANE FALLS

  • Difficulty
  • 5.2km
  • 278m
  • 1.25-1.75h

10. ICEBOX CANYON

10. ICEBOX CANYON

  • Difficulty
  • 4km
  • 112m
  • 1.5-2h

“I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees

– Henry David Thoreau