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Off the Strip

Red Rock Canyon

Courtesy of Las Vegas News Bureau/LVCVA

The natural landscape of Las Vegas provides hours of a fun alternative from the strip.

Las Vegas is famous for its flashing lights, flashy showgirls and typically leaving you flat broke.  However, if you rent a car or find an outfitter that will pick you up from your hotel, there is plenty to see and do in the natural beauty of Las Vegas.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in the Mojave Desert is a great place for adventure seekers, sightseers and families alike. Start by enjoying the 13-mile scenic drive along the Backcountry Byway, where you can see waterfalls, occasional desert wildlife, sandstone formations and rock engravings. The byway is a paved one-way road with plenty of marked parking areas to pull off and further explore this natural landscape.

Bikers are welcome on the Backcountry Byway, and mountain biking is offered on the selected trails of Cottonwood Valley. Designated hiking trails are accessible from the roadway as well. There are 23 hiking trails to choose from, varying in lengths and ranging from easy to moderate to strenuous.

Red Rock Canyon is said to be one of the best rock climbing areas in the world. A few of the canyon faces are the center of sport climbing. For those that are new to climbing, there are plenty of outfitters to guide your way up the canyon walls. Even if your idea of recreation is sightseeing, this prime rock climbing real estate makes for a great spectator sport. 

Whether you explore this piece of Las Vegas nature by car, foot, bike or horseback, there is plenty to keep you engaged and entertained out in the sunlight and apart from the city lights.

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