One of the few slot canyons located in Nevada, Fletcher Canyon is a short day-hike in the spring mountains near Las Vegas. Not only is this a family-friendly hike, but it’s also an excellent option for bird watching. Just make sure to check the weather before you head out, as flash floods are a possibility.
The Rancho San Rafael Park Nature Trail, located in Reno, offers beautiful views of the Rancho San Rafael Park. Take your family on the 6.6-mile loop to admire the botanical garden and mild elevation gain.
This “direct” hike is a moderately steep uphill climb that will take about a half-day to summit. The Marlette Lake Direct trail is located on the western border of Nevada and is unique in that it is very rarely (if ever) crowded, which means you can even bring your dogs if you’d like to.
For when you don’t want to travel outside the city but still want adventure, look no further than Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. This tree-filled oasis offers plenty of critters and foliage for reconnecting with nature. Whether you’re looking for a place to walk, have a picnic or even just to watch some wildlife, you can find it at Floyd Lamb Park.
A unique wetland park that’s both fun and educational, the Clark County Wetlands Park is a 2,900-acre thriving community hidden in the Mojave Desert. You can find the park between Las Vegas and Lake Mead and will notice immediately that it’s teeming with wildlife.
Though this hike is the most difficult of the list, it just might be the most exciting. Some parts of the hike are pretty slick, but the end view of the Colorado River flowing between the mountains is incredible. Ropes support the trail all the way through, so don’t be afraid to give this adventure a shot.
C-Hill is one hike you can’t miss in Carson City. The hike gives you stunning views of the capital city from the summit. Be wary in the summer, though, for rattlesnakes.
Lake Mead is a staple of Nevada, and the recreation area available for camping is unmatched. In fact, the entire thing is twice the size of Rhode Island and contains the largest man-made reservoir in America. The park offers boating, fishing, water sports and more. Whether you like climbing, camping, hiking or anything in between, Lake Mead has something for you.