Two broncos (baby blue and white) sit next to a water fall at Lake Mead.

9 Top Adventures Beyond the Neon

Get ready to tear it up in the desert and adventure beyond the neon with ideas to spur a Vegas Vacay like no other. Our list of top things to do offers a glimpse of life outside the Strip corridor. Grab your outdoor gear and let’s roll.

Accelerate Your Escape in the Ultimate Getaway Car

In 2021 Ford brought its famous Bronco back, and now Buck’n Bronco brings adventures to you! This excursion is so HOT, we used the company’s pics to depict adventure beyond the neon, so grab your outdoor gear and let’s roll. Choose from ten 2023 Ford Broncos specially equipped for off-road adventure and available to rent by the day. From cruising down the strip with the top off to off-road adventures just outside Las Vegas, up your vehicle rental game with the luxurious Ford Bronco, ready for adventure. Looking for a guided tour experience? Buck n’ Broncos also offers tours to Lake Mead National Recreation Area where you can explore popular areas such as Calville Bay and Echo Wash. Whether renting, or touring, Buck’n Bronco is sure to be a highlight of your Vegas experience.

Top Adventures Beyond the Neon includes Buck n Broncos where you drive yourself or take a tour.

Splash Along the Colorado River

Whether taking a boat or kayak up to the Hoover Dam, or jet-skiing up and down the river in Laughlin, the Colorado River also promises unforgettable water sports experience amidst awe-inspiring natural wonders. You can also make a splash without ever getting in the water by taking a boat tour with USS Riverside, which covers the history of Laughlin while pointing out the sights worth seeing, or traveling on London Bridge Jet Boat Tours from Laughlin to Lake Havasu. Alternatively, unwind at the Big Bend of the Colorado River, a haven in Southern Nevada for picnics, birdwatching, fishing, boating, camping, jet skiing, hiking, and swimming. Check out more ways to make a splash in Las Vegas Territory.

A man and a woman in red kayaks waving as they float on the Colorado River for a photo opportunity with the Hoover Dam as a backdrop.

Take a Dip in Hot Springs

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is home to two hot springs. On the north end is Rogers Warm Spring & Blue Point Spring. On the south end is the more popular Gold Strike Hot Springs, which requires a bit of a hike through Gold Strike Canyon to get there. On your way you’ll come across plenty of opportunities for cliff jumping, hot pools, grottos, and hot waterfalls as you make your way down the Colorado River. 

Looking for a guided experience to show you all the great places to go? Splash on over to Evolution Expeditions Kayaking Tours and check out the Hoover Dam & Hot Springs kayak tour. Photo above and below. 

Evolution Expeditions - LVT Adventures

Head out off the Highway on Four-Wheel Adventures

Go from neon to nature and soak in some fresh air adventure with Ultimate Desert Adventures. You are a true nature’s child with this self-guided dune buggy rental that will have you racing through the wind along Logandale Trails and Valley of Fire in Moapa Valley. Adrenaline flowing, and views of fiery red mountains, sand dunes, wildlife, and the remnants of cultures from the past await you.  

More into ghost town adventure? Zip through the iconic landscapes of the old west culminating in breathtaking views of the Colorado River, to exploring El Dorado Canyon and the world-famous Techatticup Mine, true to its name Awesome Adventures takes you on a one-of-a-kind ATV desert tour of Nelson, Nevada. Picture below. 

Love to play in magical places? Go glamping? Hit up an off road race track in the desert? Ride in a Jeep instead of a Bronco? There’s more desert adventures to let it all go and fly free.

Operating tours at Nelson Ghost Town Awesome Adventures guest is riding an ATV down a dirt road and pointing to the purple, blue, orange cloudy skies.

Hike Valley of Fire

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 51 Min. 49.6 Mi.

Valley of Fire is a great place to combine your love of hiking and stargazing. This state park hosts stellar sunrise hikes, and moonrise walks typically during full and new moons from September – May, you can view the calendar here. While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to stay longer and get outdoors more with camping in one of its 72 campsites (first-come, first-served). Nestled near the northeast entrance is the town of Overton. Don’t miss a visit for the small town vibes and some lip-smacking, good-tasting, old-fashioned ice cream. 

LVT Top Adventures - Valley of Fire

Camp Mt. Charleston

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 49 Mins. 42.6 Mi.

Southern Nevada is mostly known for its beautiful desert landscapes, but in just under an hour you can travel northwest of the valley and find yourself in the luscious mountain forest views. In the winter months the mountain is capped with snow, making it a hot spot for winter sports. The rest of the year the temperature is about 30 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, offering a great reprieve from the heat, and a relaxing place to stop and stargaze at night. There are plenty of great trails and campgrounds. And for those who just can’t muster up an outdoor stay via glamping or camping, read about the rebirth of Mt. Charleston Lodge here.

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Climbing on Up or Down at Red Rock Canyon

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 34 Mins. 22.9 Mi.

Red Rock Canyon is constantly ranked as a top spot for Rock Climbing in the U.S. Its dazzling array of sandstone cliffs provide more than 2,500 trails for all levels. In fact, the world’s most renowned rock climber, Alex Honnold, calls Las Vegas home and Red Rock Canyon is his local climbing retreat. According to local canyoneering enthusiast Cody Lewis, Honnold can be spotted there all the time and is a friendly, down-to-earth guy. 

From rock climbing to rappelling and canyoneering, Lewis enjoys doing it all outdoors. We spoke with Lewis about some of his favorite places to summit Las Vegas. Of course Red Rock was at the top of the list, and there’s one in particular that caught our attention as an “only in Vegas” experience String of Pearls Canyon. This is an advanced playground adventure. Read more on how to rise to the challenge throughout territory’s desert playground.

LVT Top Adventures - Red Rock with Climber Cody Lewis

Bike it in Henderson

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 26 Mins. 21.5 Mi.

Minutes from the Las Vegas Strip is Henderson, Nevada. It’s a treat for bike enthusiasts with 190 trails throughout the city and its surrounding areas including paved paths, multi-use trails, and mountain biking routes that cater to cyclists of all levels. In it for the long haul and the beauty along the way, don’t miss the adrenaline-pumping mountain biking adventure on the River Mountains Loop Trail. This trail is a popular choice for cyclists in Henderson. It’s a 34-mile loop trail that offers scenic views of Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam, and the Las Vegas Strip in the distance. The trail is mostly paved, making it suitable for road bikes as well as mountain bikes.

LVT Top Adventures - Biking in Henderson

Stargaze at Lake Mead National Recreation Area

📍Approximate Distance From The Strip: 34 Mins. 28 Mi

Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a man-made reservoir most famously known as the home of Hoover Dam and regularly ranks in the top 10 most visited National Parks and Recreation Areas. With more than 1.5 million acres of land and 12 miles with a surface area of 247 square miles of water to enjoy, there are plenty of access points from which to enjoy aquatic adventures, hiking, and biking. BUT it’s the nightlife beyond the neon that shines for those yearning to hang with the stars. North Lake Mead can be accessed from Moapa Valley/Mesquite to reach Echo Bay, a secluded and outstanding stargazing opportunity.

stargaze at Lake Mead National Recreation Area - milky way over a dry lakebed

Whether you’re revving up an ATV, conquering rocky trails in a 4-wheeler, hoofing it on foot or two wheels, indulging in water activities, or hanging with the stars, the desert landscape of Southern Nevada is full of opportunities to explore beyond the neon. And when you’re ready to make your pit stop, there’s plenty of restaurants, hotels and other attractions to explore along the way. Adventures await. Plan your trip now and remember, we all play a part in caring for nature and the places we love. Recreate responsibly. Let’s take care of these gifts.

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