Fit Vegas Vacations

There are a lot of reasons to visit Las Vegas when you head out on vacation this summer.  There are the obvious places to visit like the famous Strip, Fremont Street, and of course all of the buffets.  But I want to introduce you to a more fit  and active Las Vegas that won’t leave you broke and bloated.  In all seriousness I do find many of the casinos to be really interesting to look at and people watching is one of my favorite hobbies.  If you go from one end of the Strip to the other it is 4.2 miles (according to Google) so that is a good walk and I suggest comfortable and supportive shoes.  However, there are a lot of things to do inside of and just outside of Vegas that are a lot of fun.

  • Valley of Fire- Valley of Fire is just 55 miles northeast  of Las Vegas and has some wonderful hiking with beautiful scenery.  You can hike, camp, picnic, and take pictures to your hearts content.  It’s open year around, but some of the hiking, etc. is best done when it’s not the heat of the summer.  Here is the website if you want to see pictures or get other details, let’s just say it is a local favorite.  http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park/
  • Lake Mead-  There are so many things to do at the lake, there are tunnels that can be run or hiked (there are a few races each year in them).  One of the ladies in my running group suggests this is one of the best ways to get to see both the lake and Hoover Dam.  There are also options for being on the water, with some boat rentals, cruises, and paddle boats.  The first link is a link to the tunnels and the second is a link to the marina information.  http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hikerr.htm http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/marinas.htm
  • Willow Beach Marina- Okay technically this is in Arizona, but it is very close to Vegas and well worth the trip.  It’s a beautiful area for some kayaking, camping, and picnics. This is a favorite spot for many Vegas locals to go to on a Saturday or Sunday to relax.  http://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/marinas.htm
  • Wetlands Park- Here in Clark County we have a park that has over 300 species of plants and animals with paved and unpaved trails for hiking and bike riding.  It’s technically in Henderson Nevada, but Henderson is entwined with Vegas and it’s not far from the Strip.  http://www.clarkcountynv.gov/wetlandspark
  • Springs Preserve- This is a little wonderland in the middle of Vegas, off to the south and east you will see the Stratosphere, but inside of it you will experience a different world.  It has trails, a museum, classes, gardens to explore, and a pretty taste cafe as well.  https://www.springspreserve.org/
  • Gold Strike Canyon- This is another favorite hike of locals that is just beautiful.  I mention it in particular because you can get to it hiking and scrambling and it takes you to the Colorado River and some hot springs.  http://www.birdandhike.com/Hike/LAME/Goldstrike/_Goldstrike.htm
  • Red Rock- this has great hiking and trails for running.  The main loop is a nice 13 mile loop that is perfect for long runs. http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

Finally a few websites that you can visit to get even more information about natural things that you can do to be active while in Vegas. The bird and hike in particular profiles trails in the Vegas area and provides pictures and elevation info; I have used this several times.  http://www.birdandhike.com/ and http://www.naturallyvegas.com/

Do you like to make sure you are active on vacations?  What active or natural attractions would you recommend in your area?

 

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