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True Nevadans know there’s more to the Silver State than The Strip.
In fact, there’s plenty of treasure to be found just outside Las Vegas – at popular destinations that offer plenty of adventures for outdoor sports enthusiasts.
Popular Recreation Areas Near Las Vegas
Lake Mead national Recreation Area
For prime boating and jet skiing, head to Boulder City, where Lake Mead National Recreation Area offers broad expanses of open water in a dramatic desert landscape. Here you’ll find year round recreational opportunities, and the area is ideal for water skiing, wake boarding, sport fishing, kayaking, and canoeing. The picturesque setting is also great for short hikes through vertical-walled canyons and desert basins of cacti—scenery typically only discoverable on foot. There are also campgrounds in the park with RV hook-ups, so plan to stay a while.
Interested in taking your boat camping in the area? We put together a few tips and suggestions as you plan your camping trip to Lake Mead – you can check them out here.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Located just 30 minutes west of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and world-class rock climbing in the Mohave Desert. Be sure to spend time exploring the sandstone cliffs, fossilized sand dunes, and rock recesses that make this area so captivating. There is one campground with 72 individual campsites (including 5 RV sites), but no electrical, water, or sewer hookups. Reservations are limited, so visit the campground website for more details.
Spring Mountains National Recreational Area
You can also head to the Mount Charleston area within Kyle Canyon and Lee Canyon for camping, mountain biking, hiking, and more. There are two RV-friendly campgrounds set in the Spring Mountains National Recreational Area, including McWilliams Campground and Fletcher View. While the latter is open year round, reservations aren’t available during monsoon season (mid-July to mid-September) and overnight stays are available as weather permits. Check the campground website for availability.
For mountain biking, skydiving, hiking, golfing, and ATVing, head to the town of Mesquite, Nevada. There are a handful of RV parks for travelers, but Desert Skies stands out with its heated pool and spa, mini golf, Wi-Fi (for deluxe and premium sites), and onsite laundromat. The drive to Mesquite from Las Vegas is about an hour and a half northeast, but as with most adventures off the beaten path, the scenery is well worth the trip.