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When you need a break from the casinos, clubs, and crowds of Las Vegas, head out of the city on a nature-themed day trip to enjoy some fresh air, stretch your legs, and admire the rugged scenery of these natural wonders. Here are your options.
Red Rock Canyon — 15 miles (24 km) from Las Vegas
The stark red rock landscape that can be seen from the Las Vegas Strip is part of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, where nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts can explore trails, canyons, and rock formations in a variety of ways. Options include horseback riding, hiking, biking, and scooter tours.
Hoover Dam and Lake Mead — 35 miles (56 km) from Las Vegas
Combine a piece of American engineering history with a day on the water by taking a tour from Vegas to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead. The lake was created by the dam, a U.S. National Historic Landmark that opened in 1936, providing a recreation spot for biking, jet ski rides, paddleboarding, and lunch cruises.
Grand Canyon West Rim — 120 miles (193 km) from Las Vegas
The West Rim of the Grand Canyon is not part of Grand Canyon National Park, but it's the closest section of the canyon to Vegas, meaning you can get there and back in a day and still check out the spectacular scenery. Travel by land or air, depending on your budget, and consider deluxe tour options such as a helicopter ride, a picnic, a Champagne toast, a boat ride on the Colorado River, or a visit to the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a glass platform that extends over the canyon.
Death Valley National Park — 140 miles (225 km) from Las Vegas
Just across the state line in California, Death Valley National Park is known as one of the hottest, driest, and lowest places in the United States. Discover this protected section of the Mojave Desert on a day trip from Vegas that may include stops at sand dunes, a mountaintop viewpoint, and Badwater Basin, which sits 282 feet (86 meters) below sea level.
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Half-Day Emerald Cove Kayak Tour
Experience the serenity of Emerald Cave, a picturesque natural attraction on the Colorado River. This kayaking tour takes a small group max of 15 people paddling up the river with a guide. Stop for snacks and swimming along the way. Round-trip hotel transport is provided from Las Vegas to Willow Beach in Arizona.
Emerald Cave Kayak Tour with Optional Las Vegas Pickup
Leave behind the bustle of Las Vegas—and get up close and personal with the beautiful Colorado River—on this half-day kayaking tour. Hop aboard your shuttle at the Mandalay Bay Resort, head to Willow Beach, and grab your life jackets and paddles. Then, set off on a gentle, 5-mile (8-kilometer) trip down the Black Canyon, complete with a visit to Emerald Cave. Snacks and water are included.
Las Vegas Dunes Tour by ATV
Enjoy a fast-paced, active way to discover the Las Vegas Dunes on this beginner-friendly all-terrain vehicle tour. Pick from several departure times, meet your shuttle right on the Strip, and set off with just a small group for company—you'll be transported to the departure point for an orientation and safety demonstration. Then, zip off into the dunes on your ATV, and follow your guide into the rugged desert scenery.
Las Vegas Helicopter Night Flight with Optional VIP Transportation
See the bright lights of the Las Vegas Strip and the surrounding region during this nighttime helicopter flight. Soar over this famous stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard with an exclusive sightseeing tour of Sin City’s downtown skyline and beyond, including the Bellagio, the Mirage, and the Fremont Street Experience. Your flight covers approximately 20 miles (32 kilometers). There are a variety of departure times available throughout the evening to fit into almost any schedule. Hotel pickup and drop-off by Mercedes Sprinter is included (if option selected). ** Please note weight restrictions on the helicopter ** ** Please note: Effective for bookings made from March 17, 2022, the price displayed does not include a USD5 per person fuel fee. This fee is payable direct to the supplier on the day of your tour **
Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park Day Tour with Lunch from Las Vegas
Visit two of Utah’s national parks, Zion and Bryce Canyon, in just one day with this full-day tour from Las Vegas. Discover a surreal desert landscape of sandstone cliffs, canyons, mesas, and unusual hoodoo rock formations. Stop at the Visitor Center and Checkerboard Mesa at Zion, and explore different scenic viewpoints at Bryce Canyon. the way, pass by the Virgin River Gorge and St. George.
Half-Day Mojave Desert ATV Tour from Las Vegas
Experience the thrills of riding an ATV through the Mojave Desert on this guided ATV tour from Las Vegas. After meeting on the Strip, you will be transported to just outside the Las Vegas Lake Mead Recreation Area. After an orientation and photos, ride for 1.5 hours on a private track exclusive to this tour.
ATV Tour in Las Vegas with Hotel Pickup
Trade the Strip for the Las Vegas Dunes—and enjoy a fun-filled and fast-paced excursion—on this all-terrain vehicle tour. Following pickup directly from your hotel, head to the departure facility where you’ll watch a safety video, get fitted with gear, and go for a few practice laps. Then, hit the dunes: choose between a 30- or 60-minute ride, and speed along in your ATV while your guide captures photos.
Valley of Fire Hiking Tour from Las Vegas
On the outskirts of Vegas, once the neon lights fade and the sound of traffic is replaced by the rush of the wind, the Valley of Fire is a geologic wonder that’s best explored on two feet. On this Valley of Fire hiking excursion, marvel at Native American petroglyphs that are believed to be 3,000 years old, and enjoy the multihued desert scenery in Nevada’s oldest state park. Pass Lake Mead and the Moapa Indian Reservation. This small-group tour has a variable duration—depending on the difficulty of hike you choose.
Morning Maverick Horseback Ride with Breakfast from Las Vegas
Saddle up for a scenic and leisurely Wild West horseback ride led by expert wranglers. After your expedition, revitalize with a hearty cowboy-style pancake and egg breakfast. Your tour includes round-trip hotel transport from the Las Vegas Strip to a working horse ranch where you’re treated to gorgeous views of the desert landscape.
2-Hour Horseback Riding through Red Rock Canyon
Take a break from the glitz and clamor of the Las Vegas Strip for a true western adventure on a 2-hour horseback ride through spectacular Red Rock Canyon. Climb atop a trusted mount and ride through a rugged landscape of desert valleys and ravines, while a friendly cowboy wrangler leads the way. Whether it’s your first time on a horse or you’re an experienced rider, it’s a great way to experience the mystical Nevada desert.
Grand Canyon West Rim With Hoover Dam Photo Stop From Las Vegas
Marvel at the incredible scenery of the Grand Canyon’s West Rim thanks to this 12-hour flexible sightseeing trip from Las Vegas. In your 3 hours at the Grand Canyon, take a hop-on, hop-off bus tour along the edge of the canyon, stopping at highlights like Eagle Point and Guano Point. Optional trip upgrades include lunch and access to the Skywalk viewing platform.
Off Road Experience at Adrenaline Mountain Las Vegas
Complement the Las Vegas glitz with time spent in the great outdoors during this off-road driving experience. Head to the Adrenaline Mountain park located on the edge of the city, get acquainted with your gear, and hop behind the wheel of a specially outfitted utility task vehicle (UTV). Wearing comfortable air-pumper helmets and equipped with intercoms, you’ll enjoy an active way to discover the desert scenery.
Outdoor Shooting Experience at Adrenaline Mountain Las Vegas
Experience the excitement of unloading clips into targets during this outdoor shooting experience in Las Vegas. Choose from more than 70 different guns, including full-automatics, Western-style, and more. Learn about operations and safety from your expert guide and instructor and then take to the course with a private and small-group option. Take home photos from the shooting line free of charge and enjoy transportation included in the tour.
Red Rock Canyon Hiking Tour
Take a break from the casinos and work off those free drinks on a hike through Red Rock Canyon, a favorite local getaway from Las Vegas. A guide helps you choose from three trail options to match your hiking level and interests. Enjoy sandstone scenery and desert vegetation as you explore the Nevada wilderness. Bottled water is provided, and pickup is included from select hotels on the Strip.
Las Vegas Desert ATV Tour
Voted Best ATV Tour in Nevada! Our air-conditioned shuttle will pick you up at the Luxor Hotel (valet parking) and transport you to our premier riding location in the Mojave Desert. Once there, we will provide you with safety gear and a step-by-step orientation on how to ride your 450cc ATV. Then let the excitement begin! Your guide will lead you on an hour-long journey into the beautiful desert where you'll be able to enjoy thrilling trails and captivating views - maybe even spot a rare desert animal! After your ride, you'll be transported back to reality with a little dust and a lot of memories!
Wild West Sunset Horseback Ride with Dinner from Las Vegas
Ride into the sunset on a Las Vegas horseback riding tour in the Nevada desert, led by a professional wrangler. Set your gaze on quintessential Wild West landscapes and search for wildlife including bighorn sheep, jackrabbits, and roadrunners. Conclude your evening ride with a barbecue dinner followed by a cowboy campfire under the stars. Includes round-trip transportation from Las Vegas hotels.
Fly LINQ Zipline at The LINQ, Las Vegas
Try the newest adrenaline-fueled attraction in Las Vegas by soaring down the Fly LINQ zipline. Take in the views from 12 stories above the LINQ promenade on a zipline that begins near Las Vegas Boulevard and ends at the High Roller. Position yourself in a seated position then enjoy the ride with others on ziplines next to you.
Hoover Dam Tour from Las Vegas
You can’t visit Las Vegas without taking in the spectacular sight of the majestic Hoover Dam! A true marvel, the dam was constructed in less than five years during the Great Depression by thousands of men who ventured into Black Canyon to harness the power of the mighty Colorado. ** Please note: Effective for bookings made from March 16, 2022, the price displayed does not include a USD5 per person fuel fee. This fee is payable direct to the supplier on the day of your tour **
Extreme RZR Tour of Hidden Valley and Primm from Las Vegas
There's nothing better than getting a little dirty when you come to Las Vegas and the most fun way to do it is on an adrenaline-fueled ride through the Primm and Hidden Valleys on a RZR tour. During this adventure departing from Las Vegas, follow your experienced adventure guide over mountain and desert terrain while driving your own juiced-up RZR 900s which are under a year old. This tour is the longest available and includes all safety equipment and round-trip transportation from Las Vegas hotels.
Lower or X Antelope Canyon & Horseshoe Bend Small Group Tour - Las Vegas
From Las Vegas, exploring either Lower Antelope Canyon or Antelope Canyon X (depending on option selected) and Horseshoe Bend in one day is an ambitious itinerary. This small-group tour makes it possible—without the crowded big-bus experience. This small-group tour is limited to 14 people for a more intimate experience hiking through the slot canyon and taking in the views. Included lunch, snacks, and bottled water make this an easy, hassle-free experience.
Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino
Come face-to-face with some of the world's most fascinating creatures at the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, North America's only predator-based aquarium and exhibit. This Las Vegas aquarium is home to 2,000 animals, including saw fish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, jellyfish, rare golden crocodiles and — sharks. Get close to more than 100 sharks, including 30 in the 1.3-million-gallon main tank, one of the largest in the US. Explore two underwater tunnels and experience Sea Monsters Revealed, the world's largest exhibit of uniquely preserved sea creatures. Also included is a new VR Experience, suitable for all ages!
Red Rock Canyon Sunset Horseback Ride and Barbeque
Immerse yourself in the rugged, wide-open beauty of the Nevada desert and experience true cowboy hospitality on a sunset horseback ride through Red Rock Canyon. With an expert wrangler leading the way, ride along a winding mountainous trail through desert shrub and inspiring rock formations. After watching the sun set over Las Vegas Valley, enjoy a campfire barbecue complete with grilled meats, corn on the cob and cowboy s’mores. Includes round-trip transfers from select Las Vegas hotels.
Award Winning Red Rock Canyon Tour
Leave behind the hectic crowds of Las Vegas and spend the day exploring desert landscapes on this doors-open private van tour. Cruising through picture-perfect scenery with the doors open ensures you don’t miss any of the sights along the way. As you stop at highlights such as Calico Hills and American Indian heritage sites, your guide explains the geological and cultural significance that you might overlook on your own.
Kayak Emerald Cave Express from Las Vegas
Get outdoors and explore a spectacular natural wonder—the Emerald Cave on this kayaking adventure. After setting off from Willow Beach Marina, paddle along the Colorado River past interesting sites such as a 1920’s era government project, the Black Canyon, and finally—the picturesque Emerald Cave. Traveling on a kayak allows you to access remote hard-to-reach nature spots without the worry of getting lost as a guide takes care of the navigating.
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