Are you looking for the best hiking trails in Las Vegas, Nevada? Well you're in luck. Las Vegas features some of the best hiking trails in the country. In fact, Las Vegas has over 100 hiking trails that we could include in this list. They're all great (at least when it's not 110+ degrees outside).
Our curated list of the best hiking trails in Las Vegas is based on the trails with the most reviews, so if you think we should have ranked them differently, blame your fellow human beings, not the LV Plug team.
Las Vegas is known for its casinos, shows, and neon lights, but the city also offers some of the best hiking trails in the region. From gentle hikes in the surrounding desert to more challenging trails in rugged mountains, there's something for everyone to enjoy on a hike in Las Vegas.
There are plenty of trails to choose from, ranging in difficulty from easy to strenuous. Whether you’re looking for a short hike that the whole family can enjoy or a challenging trek through the desert, Las Vegas has something to offer hikers of all levels.
Some of the best hiking trails in Las Vegas can be found in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This beautiful area is located just minutes from the Strip and offers stunning views of the Mojave Desert. There are more than 30 miles of trails to explore in Red Rock Canyon, so you’re sure to find something that appeals to you.
Length: 2.2 miles
Estimated Time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Peer review: This is what you can expect from the Calico Tanks Trail according to Jamie Gordon, "BEAUTIFUL! I really really enjoyed the scenery and exercise level of this hike. Unfortunately, it is suuuuper highly trafficked so try going really early if you don’t want to be sandwiched in between groups of people and basically walking it in a single file line :/ but once you get to the tanks, you can kind of choose your own path to get to a high point nearby and enjoy the overlook of Vegas. I was able to find a spot up high and was alone for about 30 mins enjoying the view. Lots of stairs to climb and a few tricky scrambling spots, but very well worth it!"
Length: 2.3 miles
Estimated Time: 1 hour and 19 minutes
Peer review: This is what you can expect from the Ice Box Canyon Trail according to Juan Piedra, "One of my favorite trails in red rock! Pretty easy trail that will take you 1.5-3 hours depending on your pace. Trail is pretty easy to follow. Once you get to the canyon, there are a couple ways to get to the end but anyway straight will get you to the right place. Perfect for anytime of the year however it is slightly more difficult if it’s done after heavy rainfall or snow. This is probably the best hike to do when it’s hot out, but be careful still. For those who are lucky enough to come after heavy rainfall there is a HUGE waterfall off trail. At the VERY start of the canyon if you scramble LEFT & UP through the rocks & bushes you will be rewarded with the coolest waterfall in Nevada (you should be able to hear the fall if it’s strong)."
Length: 3.4 miles
Estimated Time: 1 hour and 37 minutes
Peer review: This is what you can expect from the First Creek Canyon Trail according to Katja Spitz, "Great little quick family hike, can be a bit hard to find the turn for the waterfall. Set your distance for 1 mile from the start of the trail and then look for the red X on the rocks to the right to find the path. Someone else had mentioned looking for the two large pine trees but they are gone so not a reliable landmark anymore. When you see the large X in red you will be facing what looks like a ravine, located a 90 degree turn off the trail to the right. When you get towards the downslope stay to the left as the small trail snakes around and down. Listen for the water, you should be able to hear it. All in all it’s less than 3 miles round trip with no shade except by the pool. Fairly easy to do, we saw people with kids all ages and dogs. Go early, the parking lot is always crowded."
Looking for more trails in Las Vegas? Check back at a later date and we will hopefully update this list with more details or produce a new piece of content. Not a hiker but looking for mountain biking trails? We created a list of the Best Mountain Biking Trails in Las Vegas. Be sure to check this out. If you want to explore Nevada's State Parks, the LV Plug produced a list of the Best State Parks in Nevada.