Las Vegas residents have plenty of options just outside the city limits. The Colorado River is nearby and provides plenty of hiking and water sports and the Arizona and Utah borders are within a shot hour and a half drive also.
Red Rock National Conservation Area
The Red Rock National Conservation Area is within just a few minutes drive of the Las Vegas Strip and much closer for Las Vegas residents that live on the West side of town. Located just up Charleston Boulevard, the Red Rock National Conservation Area is a popular hiking area and bike riding area located in the beautiful Red Rock Mountains.
The Red Rock National Conservation Area includes 30 miles of hiking trails and also features horseback riding, picnic areas and mountain biking for the adventurous souls that prefer to leave the smooth paved bike paths. There is also plenty of wildlife viewing areas in the area.
Cottonwood Cove Searchlight, Nevada
Cottonwood Cove is located on Lake Mohave which is an offshoot of the Colorado River, much like Lake Mead. Cottonwood Cove is a short 45 minute drive from Las Vegas or Laughlin, Nevada and is a quiet little known getaway for Las Vegas residents looking to avoid the major crowds of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
Boaters, jet ski enthusiast and fishermen enjoy the out of the way quietness of Cottonwood Cove and for those looking to spice up the trip they can hop in the boat and travel to the other side of Lake Mohave and gamble in Laughlin, Nevada. Most Las Vegas residents looking for a getaway from the city aren’t interesting in anything but rest and relaxation in Cottonwood Cove.
Brianhead, Utah is home to some of the best skiing in the world. Located 90 minutes from the bright lights of Las Vegas, the serene surroundings of Brianhead, Utah are a sharp contrast that draws Las Vegas residents looking to unwind.
An inexpensive ski lift ticket and little or no crowds makes Brianhead the most popular ski resort for Las Vegas residents looking for a cheap day or weekend trip to the snow. The views are spectacular but the nightlife is non existent in the sleepy town of Brianhead.
Laughlin, Nevada/Lake Havasu, Arizona
These two river towns are two very different experiences that are relatively close as the crow flies. Laughlin is for the older Las Vegas getaway crowd and the gamblers looking for more relaxed atmosphere compared to the high octane nightlife in Las Vegas. The best places to stay in Laughlin are Harrah’s or the Golden Nugget. The Aquarius was once the Laughlin Flamingo and is a nice cheap alternative also.
Lake Havasu, Arizona is for the younger crowd. Be prepared to party and party hard if coming to Lake Havasu during the spring or summer months. The crowds for spring break are a little out of control and the action on the water along the Colorado River is not considered to be PG rated. Know what you are in for ahead of time before embarking on a spring break getaway from Las Vegas.
Mount Charleston is a little known Las Vegas getaway that is popular with Las Vegas residents and visitors alike. Located in the mountains just above the brights lights of the city, Mount Charleston is a perfect one night getaway to unwind and relax in the fresh mountain air.
Mount Charleston features the Mount Charleston Lodge and the Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort just above the Lodge. The Mount Charleston Lodge is a beautiful rustic lodge that features a large fire place in the middle of the room for romantic evenings by the fire and a dimly lit dining room for a quiet dinner. Lee Canyon Ski & Snowboard Resort has some challenging runs but is relatively small for a ski resort.
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