Valley of Fire
The oldest, as well as largest state park in Nevada, named Valley of Fire, was dedicated in 1935. Here, you can go hiking, camping or just capture some photos of ancient trees and 30-century-old Indian petroglyphs.
On the west of the Las Vegas Valley lies the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area, better known as Mount Charleston to locals.
Every time people ask for a place to visit in Nevada, Mountain Charleston is the first name that pops out, and with a good reason. Officially called Charleston Peak, it is the highest among the Spring Mountains and the state’s eighth highest mountain peak. Just about 12,000 feet, it is only one of the places in the area that has four seasons.
Lamoille Canyon can be found in the Ruby Mountains, northeastern Nevada. Travel along the byway surrounding Ruby Dome, then climb all through the canyon to almost 9,000 feet. Waterfalls, meadows and avalanche chutes rival wildlife in capturing your attention.
Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park, relatively known for its ancient bristlecone pine groves, is located at east-central Nevada close to the Utah border. Check them out and also visit the Lehman Caves at the foot of Wheeler Peak.
The only place on the list that is frequented not because of its nature-inspired features is Las Vegas. Those who live here easily forget that this city has its own attraction, like the Strip’s glittering lights that fade into the sprawling suburbs and direct towards the mountain’s edge. It is an unlikely interlocking of contrasts that makes the breathtaking city worth seeing.
Cathedral Gorge State Park
Around 2-1/2 hours north of Las Vegas is Cathedral Gorge State Park, a self-appointed photographer’s dream. It is situated in a long, narrow valley, where erosion has caused unique formations on soft bentonite clay all through the years. Discover the slots canyons or get great views by following any of the walking trails.
On the west of Carson City, border of Nevada-California is Lake Tahoe, North America’s largest alpine lake, and US’ second-deepest, next to Oregon’s Crater Lake. This lake was formed approximately 2 million years ago.
Red Rock National Conservation Area
Red Rock, the first national conservation area of Nevada, can be found 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. Take a hike or a 13-mile scenic ride to view the Mojave Desert in person. The gigantic rock wall that has an uneven dark red stripe visible from the strip is referred to as the Keystone Thrust.
Tonopah can declare itself as the best stargazing place in the country. The town, which is found 215 miles north of Las Vegas, comes with mapped out roads known as star trails, from which about 7,000 stars could be seen.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead is the first recreation area of the nation. It was formed by dams that support the Colorado River, and it is the home of numerous plants and animals that inhabit the Mojave Desert.