The Best Outdoor Activities in Nevada

Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.

Hike to Goldstrike Hot Springs

Nevada / Gold Strike Hot Springs Trailhead

The first mile is flat and deceivingly easy as you walk under a highway bridge and in between looming canyon walls. But don't get too comfortable -- at around the 1.

Kelly Park
460 Saves

Exploring Nevada's Pastel Canyon

Nevada / Pastel Canyon

Pastel Canyon or Pink Canyon is part of wash no.

Derrick Lytle
240 Saves

Explore The Fire Wave

Nevada / The Fire Wave

Once a secret unmarked location The Fire Wave has quickly become a huge draw for park visitors in The Valley of Fire.

Derrick Lytle
236 Saves

Hike Red Rock's Ice Box Canyon

Nevada / Ice Box Canyon Trailhead

Red Rock Canyon is about 30-45 minutes outside of Las Vegas and is the perfect little get away from the noise of Sin City; however, it will still be slightly infested with tourists.

Spud Groshong
200 Saves

Explore Elephant Rock, NV

Nevada / Elephant Rock

Elephant Rock is a beautiful red sandstone arch right at the West Entrance of Nevada's first state park, The Valley of Fire. Elephant Rock is easy to find. From I-15 take exit 75 and travel west.

Derrick Lytle
154 Saves

Photographing Rainbow Vista

Nevada / Rainbow Vista Trail

Rainbow Vista is located in the heart of Nevada's Valley of Fire State Park and only a short drive, north on I-15 out of Las Vegas.

Derrick Lytle
112 Saves

Camp at Wheeler Peak Campground in Great Basin NP

Nevada / Wheeler Peak Campground

Located on the Nevada/Utah border about 4 hours from Salt Lake City, it's a hidden gem! Wheeler Peak is Nevada's second highest mountain at just over 13000ft and provides the backbone of the park.

Jason Shepherd
99 Saves

Summit Mt. Charleston

Nevada / North Loop/Trail Canyon Trail

Escape the heat and ditch the bright lights of Las Vegas and hike to the summit of Mt. Charleston.

Brenda Lin
91 Saves

Exploring Cathedral Gorge SP

Nevada / Cathedral Gorge SP Campground

Cathedral Gorge seems like a hidden gem. There aren't many people who visit so if you go, you should have plenty of room to do as you wish.

Zach Rogers
79 Saves

Hike the Pinnacle Loop in the Valley of Fire

Nevada / Pinnacle Loop Trailhead

Pinnacle Loop is an unmaintained poorly marked trail leading to a cluster of sandstone towers, hidden close to some of the more popular areas of the Valley of Fire like Atlatl Rock and a campground.

Derrick Lytle
77 Saves

Trail Running in Red Rocks Nevada

Nevada / White Rock Trailhead

Red Rocks's Nevada (officially Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area) has long been one of our favorite climbing destinations.

Hike Calico Tanks at Red Rock Canyon

Nevada / Calico Tanks Trailhead

Enjoy a easy scenic hike in this beautiful Nevada desert hike. Great for beginners who are willing to climb a little.

Janice Robertson
57 Saves

Explore Nevada's Ward Charcoal Ovens

Nevada / Ward Charcoal Ovens

The Ward Charcoal Ovens are a unique photo location with some of the darkest night skies in the country.

Derrick Lytle
55 Saves

Hiking Charlie's Spring in The Valley of Fire

Nevada / Charlie Spring

Charlie's Spring is a small oasis in the Valley of Fire State Park just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. The unmarked trail is flat and follows a wash for 2.

Derrick Lytle
43 Saves

Bike the Cowboy Trails Near Red Rocks Canyon

Nevada / Fossil Ridge Rd, NV

The Cowboy Trails offer a perfect break from climbing in Red Rock Canyon or a night on the Town in Las Vegas. You will need to be as tough as a cowboy (or cowgirl) to ride these trails.

Jake Young
38 Saves

Rock Climb the Black Corridor

Nevada / Red Rocks

This is a popular area for beginners and intermediate rope climbers. The corridor is sheltered from the wind, which makes it climbable year-round (but bring a light jacket!).

Lauren Foltz
16 Saves

Visit the Shoe Tree of Middlegate

Nevada / The Shoe Tree of Middlegate

Normally I wouldn't agree with thousands of shoes hanging from a beautiful tree, but the story behind the Middlegate Shoe Tree is too meaningful not to enjoy.

Alex Anderson
15 Saves

Summit Wheeler Peak

Nevada / Upper Lehman Creek Trailhead

Not a feat for the faint of heart. You have to want this one. Especially if you are dealing with intermittent patches of snow.

Mike Quine
12 Saves

Hike to Granite Peak

Nevada / Granite Peak Trailhead

To reach the trail, drive up Hinkey Summit Road from Paradise Valley (the road is pretty rough--make sure your spare tire is inflated). The trailhead is right at the top.

Sam B
11 Saves

Camp at Angel Lake in the Ruby Mountains

Nevada / Angel Lake Campground

Angel Lake is a gem of a campground located just south of Wells, Nevada. Most people drive right by on I-80 on their way through but its definitely worth stopping for.

Jess Curren
10 Saves