5 Winter Adventures in the Las Vegas Territory

Las Vegas is a popular destination in the winter months as many “snowbirds” escape their winter wonderland for the warmer weather of a desert oasis. The cooler weather makes for the perfect time to take in some outdoor activities that normally would get rather hot during the summers. So if you find yourself vacationing in Las Vegas during the winter months, we’ve rounded up five great winter adventures to explore throughout the Las Vegas Territory. 

Golfing in Mesquite

Mesquite has become known as a popular destination for golf – hosting world-class tournaments including the Nevada Open, Mesquite Amateur, and Mesquite II Men’s events to name a few. Imagine golf architects paved out a little oasis of green turf amidst jaw-dropping desert landscapes… well you don’t have to imagine it – you can play it! If sunny days, open courses, and incredible views are more your style, book a tee time at one of Mesquite’s seven majestic golf courses. But why limit yourself to just one? Make it an overnight trip and book a stay at Holiday Inn Express Suites. Photo: Conestoga Golf Club.

Conestoga Golf Club. View of greens surrounded by Red Rock formations

Explore Gold Butte National Monument

For those who are avid hikers, or National Park enthusiasts looking to complete their passports, Gold Butte National Monument is definitely a bucket list item. Approximately three hours from Las Vegas, Gold Butte access road can be found after Moapa Valley and before Mesquite off of  I-15, and is located between Lake Mead National Recreation Area  and Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument in Arizona. Gold Butte is one of America’s newest national monuments that features five main attractions to explore: Whitney Pocket, Little Finland, Devil’s Throat, Gold Butte Historic Townsite, Virgin Peak. From ghost towns to and petroglyphs, to prehistoric ruins and summit-worthy peaks, Gold Butte National Monument has outdoor experiences for every activity level. Photo: friendsofgoldbutte.org

Milky Way sky line above an official Gold Butte park sign
LVT Blog - winter activités Gold Butte

Go Kayaking in Boulder City

It may seem a bit cold to be hitting the water, but with the proper gear, you can still enjoy a winter kayaking adventure! Desert Adventures hosts a variety of kayaking tours ranging from three hours to a full day, and for all experience levels. One highlight of the most popular tour through Black Canyon is soaking in the natural hot springs, and you may even run into some bighorn sheep along the way. Tours are available year-round, with some extra layers recommended in the winter months to stay warm. There are also packages available with a hotel stay in Boulder City and breakfast voucher for Southwest Diner (yum!). You can extend your stay and stroll around the quaint Boulder City with a beautiful park, antique shops, brew pubs, and more. Photo and cover: Desert Adventures

Two people kayaking down the Colorado River outside of Boulder City

Camp Out in Laughlin

Laughlin is known for being a gaming town, but right next to the big casinos lies outdoor adventure too. Situated on the Colorado River just between Davis Dam and the casinos of Laughlin, on the southern tip of Nevada, is Big Bend on the Colorado. This is a state park with ample camping opportunities and a site for many popular outdoor activities such as picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, and bird watching. While you’re still camping outdoors, you don’t have to “rough it” as each camping unit comes with water, electricity, and sewage hookups, as well as a tent pad, a shade ramada, grill and fire pit. When you’re done exploring the river or hiking the four miles of easy hiking trails surrounding it, make sure you pop over to check out Laughlin’s Labyrinth’s as well.

Sneak in some SNOWtime at Lee Canyon, Mount Charleston

Yes, even on a winter Vegas Vacay you can get into your cool weather groove! If you find yourself pining for a winter wonderland, the territory has that too! Skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play is here through March (climate permitting). Lee Canyon features 27 trails and 445 acres of adventure open seven days a week, including holidays! There’s so much to explore, make a night or two out of it with lodging options including Mt. Charleston Lodge cabins or The Retreat on Charleston Peak, For the camping crew, winter stays are available at McWilliams Campground just below the ski resort. Photo: Lee Canyon and The Retreat on Charleston Peak. 

LVT Blog - winter activités Lee Canyon
LVT Blog - winter activités Lee Canyon

No matter what your outdoor adventure style is, the territory has something for everyone! Check out more Things to Do from our travel experts in Las Vegas Territory like foodie, photo, helicopter tours and more.

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