Las Vegas may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of outdoor activities, but we’re here to tell you that it should. Whether you are a novice traveler or an experienced adventure seeker, Las Vegas and surrounding areas have activities for you.
With winter activities ranging from playing in the mountain snow to hiking in the desert sun, Las Vegas is a prime location for outdoor enthusiasts.
Spend Time in the Desert Snow
Take a drive up to Lee Canyon to play in the snow for the day. Skiers, snowboarders and snow lovers are welcome to explore the 445 acres of snowy terrain.
Lee Canyon has an 860 vertical drop with three lifts and four hiking routes servicing 27 different trails, including a terrain park with 13 features. If you venture off to the Hike to Terrain, you must have advanced knowledge of avalanche safety and bring a buddy, probe and shovel.
Those who prefer to be less adventurous spend the day shopping and relaxing at the local restaurants. Start the day with a coffee from Brewin Burro, then off to lunch at Bighorn Grill, and of course, end the day with drinks from Bristlecone. Don’t forget to make a stop at Lee Canyon Sports for your souvenirs before heading home.
Be sure to plan before you go! You are required to make reservations and purchase a parking permit due to COVID-19.
Embrace the Cold
We get it; you want to enjoy the cold weather while it lasts, so take a trip out to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and enjoy a chilly hike through Ice Box Canyon.
This 2.2 mile out and back hike will take you through a shady box canyon featuring seasonal waterfalls (December through April). If temperatures allow, these waterfalls may be frozen, leaving you with a winter wonderland experience in the desert.
The trail is clearly marked until you get closer to the canyon entrance. At this point, the trail separates, leaving you to create your adventure, but no stress, all paths lead to the canyon, Ice Box Canyon is a moderate hike and requires some short climbs over boulders and loose rocks. Dogs are welcomed but must be on a leash as this trail is heavily trafficked.
Hike to Warmer Water
Adventure on a 6 mile out and back hike to Goldstrike Hot Springs, located in Boulder City. This hike takes you through desert washes, over boulders, and leads to the beautiful Upper Colorado River with a view of Hoover Dam.
Goldstrike Hot Springs is a strenuous hike recommended for moderate to advanced hikers. You will be climbing up and down boulders with rope features to assist. Relax in the natural hot springs and take a leap into the Colorado River at the end of your hike before heading back up the canyon.
It is recommended to bring at least 3L of water and lots of salty snacks to stay hydrated. The Goldstrike Hot Springs hike is open October through May. Dogs are discouraged on this hike as you will be climbing over large boulders.