Some of The Best Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas

At American West Homes, we build where we live, and we LOVE where we build. Las Vegas is our home as much as it is our homeowners, so we wanted to share a handful of some Las Vegas activities that get you outside and active! From wildlife watching to hiking, we’ve got it all here in Vegas. There are many more places to explore in Las Vegas than we have on our list, so be sure to check back on our blog for more seasonal tips on where to go on a free weekend.

1. Mount Charleston – Just an hour outside of our communities, Mount Charleston is the perfect escape into wildlife and nature. Whether you’re looking to ski in the winter season or hike in the spring and summer, there are activities all year-round. Home to more than 50 unique plants and animals, not found in any other place in the world, this breathtaking atmosphere is one unlike any other. And during the summer, the temperatures are always cooler.
2. Desert National Wildlife Refuge Complex – This refuge takes up 1.6 million acres outside of Las Vegas, and we wish we could explore every mile of it. Bring your family to observe wildlife such as, bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, jackrabbits and more. Who knew all of this wildlife could be located in the desert?
3. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Colorado isn’t the only state with gorgeous red rock formations. These natural rugged rock formations is home to rare plants, animals, and springs. If you’re looking for a day hike or bike ride with picture perfect pit stops, the 13 mile loop should suffice.
4. Bonnie Springs Ranch – Bonnie Springs was built in 1843 as a stopover for the wagon trains going to California along the Old Spanish Trail. It is located in Red Rock Canyon and is only a half hour from the Las Vegas Strip. The Ranch offers a dinner lounge with cocktail lounge, motel, petting zoo, horseback riding and pony rides and on weekends, a train ride.
5. Bonnie Springs Old Town – If you’re looking for The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, you’ll only find the good in this 1880’s replica of a mining town Transport yourself back in time while exploring the saloon, stamp mill, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, mine, opera house, wax museum and gift shop/general store. The spirit of the era lives on in the live entertainment performed Wednesday through Sunday.
6. Floyd Lamb Park – While Las Vegas is a desert, you may be pleasantly surprised to know that we have sparkling wetlands to visit! Floyd Lamb Park’s 680 acres is sprawling with lakes, allowing for the growth of lush greenery and provides a habitat for distinct animals. Complete with picnic tables and walking trails, the Springs is the perfect place to bring your family for a relaxing day reveling in all that Las Vegas’s nature has to offer.

Whether you’re looking for an oasis of water or the reddest of rocks, you may have been surprised to hear that when you explore the right places, you can find all of that and more in this incredible city we call home. If you have any questions about our favorite places, or are looking to move to an American West Homes community to be closer to the natural magic of Las Vegas, visit us at www.americanwesthomes.com.

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