When you think of traveling to Las Vegas, you think of a few big things. First and foremost, the lights of the Strip, and then, the Casinos, the shows, and the general entertainment. All of this, of course, does characterize Vegas, but there are other reasons to visit as well.
If you’re planning to rent an RV and you want to do some things off-the-beaten-path, for at least a portion of your stay, especially outdoor activities, do you have options?
The short answer is yes, and below are some of the best outdoor activities Las Vegas and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Kayaking On the Colorado River
The Colorado River carves a path through the Grand Canyon, and it also goes over the Hoover Dam. It’s only about 40 minutes from the bright lights of the Strip, and you can tour the dam and also rent a kayak while you’re there.
Kayak tours start below the dam, and then you go downstream through the canyon. Most of the kayak tour companies nearby also feature a stop where you can hike to the hot springs.
Grand Canyon Helicopter Tour
If you want the awe-inspiring scenery without hiking in the desert, take a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
The Grand Canyon is one of the most well-known outdoor attractions in the world, and if you do the helicopter tour, you can skip the long drive. Depending on the tour you take, you may even be able to land inside the canyon.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is only about 30 minutes west of the Strip by car, and it features beautifully-colored sandstone formations, as well as waterfalls depending on the season. There are opportunities to spot rare wildlife, and you can hike the trails, or choose to bike instead.
There’s a place to rent bikes outside of town, but of course, if you’re traveling in an RV, you may already have them with you.
Lake Mead Boating
Lake Mead is a manmade lake that was created when the Hoover Dam was built.
It provides options for swimming and boating, and there are companies offering guided cruises as well.
Desert Dune Buggies
If you’re a thrill seeker, you’ll like this option.
You can go to companies like Sun Buggy, which is close to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and rent dune buggies. You can go fast over the hilly, sand-filled terrain and get an adrenaline rush while you’re at it.
Hot Air Ballooning
There are hot air companies throughout Las Vegas, and some offer tours of things like the Strip, while others will go to more natural areas for the scenery, such as Red Rock Canyon.
Skiing and Snowboarding
Finally, while it may sound counterintuitive to go to Vegas for skiing and snowboarding, that’s just what you’ll find close to Mount Charleston. It’s thousands of feet above sea level, and there’s a lodge so you can rent equipment. It’s only about an hour drive from the Strip, and there are options for everyone from beginners to more experienced winter sports aficionados.