Nevada is home to some of the greatest expanses of remote, arid desert in the American southwest, and there are dozens of well-maintained trails hikers can explore for an afternoon or days on end. If you're ready to leave the bright lights of Las Vegas behind for a spell consider one of the five hikes we've put the spotlight on based on suggestions from Trails.com. Don't forget to take plenty of water, and happy trails!
The Charleston Peak National Scenic Trail is less than an hour drive from Las Vegas and it leads hikers through the Spring Mountains to the highest peak in southern Nevada. The 15.4-mile hike to Charleston Peak takes you along a high ridge that's offers panoramic views of alpine meadows, forests, and the Sierra Nevada mountains.
You will be treated to spectacular scenes of the northern Sierra Nevada Range, downtown Reno, and the Lake Tahoe region hiking the Mount Rose Trail. The 11.2-mile trek to the summit of Mount Rose is well-maintained and takes hikers past a through alpine forests and past waterfalls on their way to the top.
Arrow Canyon is an easy, 3-mile hike that will take you through some of the only canyon country in Nevada to see fossils and interesting geological features. The trail takes hikers through narrow canyons of the Arrow Canyon Wilderness Area that reach depths of 400 feet, so be wary of flash floods if there is any threat of rain.
Hiking the First Creek Canyon Trail is a great way to take in the sights of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, including large shade trees, rock formations, and seasonal waterfalls. You'll follow a scenic, 3-mile trail through the desert valley that's well-maintained until you reach the mouth of the canyon where you'll have to do some scrambling over some rocks.
It's a 5-mile hike to the top of Black Mountain, the highest peak in the North McCullough Range, and from the summit you can see Spirit Mountain, El Dorado, Jean Dry Lakes, the Red Rocks, and several surrounding mountain ranges on a clear day. The Black Mountain Trail offers scenes of black lava cliffs, evidence of the mountain's volcanic origins, and an unobstructed view of the Vegas Strip in the valley below.