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Get away from the madness – hike in Las Vegas

Many people cannot stay sane in the hectic Las Vegas sensory overload. Luckily I am not one of them. I really like buzzing a few days in Vegas. But I also like nature, silence and hiking, and there are many options for nice day-hikes at the surrounding mountains.

We consulted the EveryTrail app and found a promising loop trail called Las Vegas Overlook nearby the Red Rock Canyon State Park, which is located only one hour drive from The Strip. The parking spot and trailhead were easy to find thanks to the good directions from EveryTrail.

Las Vegas hiking

The hike was moderate difficulty and the terrain was quite easy. Parts on a hiking trail and parts on a mountain bike trails, so no need for hiking boots. There were no steep climbs uphill and the views were spectacular all the time.

Las Vegas hiking

Going uphill we could enjoy the views to the Red Rock Canyon.

Las Vegas hiking

The desert looks like it does not have any interesting animal life, but just look closer and you’ll find all kinds of small creatures crawling around.

Las Vegas hiking

The best panoramic views to the Las Vegas valley were from the top of the Blue Diamond hill.

Las Vegas hiking

Las Vegas hiking

Dont’ rush and you’ll see some beautiful small details everywhere.

Las Vegas hiking

Las Vegas hiking

Coming down from the lookout was quite steep in some parts, and the rocky terrain can be challenging. Just be careful and use hands at the difficult spots.

Las Vegas hiking

On the EveryTrail details the hike was estimated to last 1-3 hours, but to do it even in 3 hours would be quite fast. For us it took about 4 hours of moderately paced walking without any long breaks. I don’t know who can do it it 1 hour without some serious trail running. Also remember to take the weather into account. We did the hike in October and the weather was really optimal. During the winter months it might be really cold, and during the summer it is extremely hot. The trail is exposed so there is really no shade available until the sun starts to set.

Las Vegas hiking

You can also visit the Red Rock Canyon State park before or after the hike. It’s a nice scenic loop road and depending how much time you have, you could easily do some short hikes and marvel the beautiful rock formations. There are also some excellent rock climbing opportunities. We had already visited the park previously, so this time we wanted to see the views to the Las Vegas valley.

Las Vegas hiking

Here are some more photos from the hike:

 

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