When you hear about Las Vegas, what is the first thing that comes to mind? If you are like most people, you think about partying, gambling, and other forms of debauchery. After all, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” is the city motto.
Millions of tourists flock to Sin City every year to gamble all night and to party until the sun comes up. By the time their vacation is over, they’ve spent all of their money but still believe that they’ve had a true Vegas experience. But, they couldn’t be more wrong.
If they’d journeyed a short distance from the Strip, they would’ve found themselves smack dab in the middle of a paradise made for those who love the outdoors. No matter what kind of activity gets your engine going– kayaking, riding dune buggies, skiing, zip-lining, hiking, or rappelling– Sin City has it all and then some.
Interested in learning more? Check out six amazing outdoor adventures for thrill seekers to enjoy in the City of Sin:
- Rappelling Down Lone Rock in The Valley of Fire
The Valley of Fire State Park is filled with vividly colored sandstone formations and majestic sand dunes that are millions of years old. For the best views, consider rappelling the 150 feet tall Lone Rock structure. If you have rappelling experience and equipment, it is possible for you to embark on this journey by yourself but you should notify the park officials before you do so. If you are a beginner to this exciting pastime, there are guide services available so that you won’t have to miss out on the fun.
- Kayaking on the Colorado River
There aren’t many outdoor adventures that beat kayaking around the base of the powerful Hoover Dam and on the Colorado River. This river is a premiere paddling spot because of its scenic beauty and the side hiking opportunities that it has to offer. As an added bonus, you don’t have to bring you own gear, there are many outfitters in the area that rent kayaks and will help set up transportation.
- Racing Dune Buggies in the Desert
If you are looking for off-road thrills, there are multiple options for you to choose from. For the Mini Baja Chase, you will follow an expert driver while you speed over dunes that are just 15 minutes away from the Strip. The second option, the Amargosa Big Dunes Expedition, occurs in the vicinity of Area 51, giving you a chance to go off-roading on the huge dunes in this region. Both adventures are physically demanding but the experience is mind blowing, definitely not for the faint of heart. Sign up and read more here.
- Skiing at the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
The Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is open every year from November to April. It is the perfect place to go skiing because the area sees an average of 17 feet of snow a year. The mountain features 195 ski-able and lift-serviced acres for you to enjoy. But, that’s not all, there are also 30 trails and another 250 acres of skiing fun for those don’t mind hiking to reach it. Visit their website here.
- Hiking on Mount Charleston
During the summer, it’s no secret that Las Vegas gets insufferably hot. Take a break from the heat and get your heart pumping with a hike on Mount Charleston. Not only will you be amazed by the picturesque beauty of this area but, because of the altitude, you’ll be dramatically cooler. Still, you must wear sunscreen and bring along water to hydrate you as you make your way to the summit.
- Zip-lining on Red Mountain
There’s no better way to see the incredible desert canyons than from the air, speeding along at 60 mph on a thrilling zip-line course. You will begin at the peak of Red Mountain at an elevation of almost 4,000 feet above sea level. After getting strapped in, you will fly to the desert floor on lines that are as long as half a mile. If this experience sounds too tame fro you, there are also full moon and sunset zip-line tours that are available. Learn more by clicking here.