Sin City has a lot to offer. But not far from the Strip, the hotels, and casinos, there’s a different side of Las Vegas that surprises many. If you want to spend time outdoors or just sit back and relax, there are numerous parks and recreation areas within and near the city that you can enjoy. Here are just nine of them.
9 of the Best Parks in Las Vegas to Visit
1. Clark County Wetlands Park
Perfectly situated in between the city and Lake Mead, this 2,900-acre oasis is the largest park in the county. With reclaimed water flowing throughout the entire park, plants are able to thrive and flourish. Plus, you get to see the desert from a unique POV.
Clark County Wetlands Park is home to more than 210 species of birds – blue herons, burrowing owls, snowy egrets, and wood ducks. It also houses over 70 species of mammals and reptiles, and has an impressive wildlife community.
If you like hiking or walking, you’re in for a treat, as the park features 13 miles of hiking trails. The 210-acre Nature Preserve, considered the heart of the park, has wildlife viewing spots, educational signages, and an outdoor amphitheater. The park also has picnic spots and the Indoor Picnic Café for you to enjoy relaxed meals.
Location: 7050 Wetlands Park Lane, Las Vegas, NV 89122
2. Floyd Lamb Park
Right at the heart of Tule Springs lies an amazing haven among the desert area. At Floyd Lamb Park, you’ll find everything you’ll want for your outdoor getaway.
This 680-acre park has numerous large ponds that support plant and animal life, lush vegetation, lakes, and views of the Sheep and Spring Mountains. As you wander through the trails, you’ll find many species of birds nearby – burrowing owls, ducks, geese, peacocks, and rainbow trouts. While swimming and wading are not allowed, fishing in the stocked ponds is permitted with a license.
As its main attraction, the park boasts the historic Tule Springs Ranch, which showcases old-style colonial buildings that depict the early ranches in the area. But the best part of the park is the paths, picnic tables, and open grass area — perfect for anyone who wants to enjoy a calm outdoor trip or watch interesting wildlife.
Location: 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131
3. Red Rock Canyon
As Nevada’s first national conservation area, this 200,000-acre park offers spectacular views of rock formations, desert vegetation, hidden springs, wide open dunes, and vistas. It has 30 miles of stunning hiking trails, biking paths, and rock climbing spots amongst the deep red Aztec sandstone cliffs.
Want a more relaxed trip? Take the 13-mile scenic loop and drive the picturesque circuit among plants and wildlife. You can also choose to enjoy a chill picnic, go camping, or simply admire the views.
Location: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161
4. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
Just down the road from Red Rock on Highway 159 lies a small oasis in the dry Mojave Desert. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park was used as a luxury retreat for prominent people back in the day.
The park has preserved historic buildings dating back to the 1860s and the ranch house itself, which guests can openly visit when in the area.
What makes Spring Mountain Ranch special is its unparalleled space of grassy meadows and abundant trees. The redone-story ranch house stands as the park centerpiece with the Wilson Cliffs as the sandstone background. Plus, the main house is surrounded by hiking trails and shaded picnic areas for guests to enjoy.
Location: 6375 NV-159, Blue Diamond, NV 89004
5. Springs Preserve
Three miles west of the Strip, you’ll find this 180-acre family-friendly destination offering a day of entertainment, exploration, and leisure. As an award-winning spot, Springs Preserve has animal shows, art displays, galleries, gardens, interactive science exhibits, museums, and wildlife zones – all dedicated to the green-living and desert life of Vegas.
The Springs has over three miles of biking and walking trails if you want to explore the place at your own pace. It boasts a butterfly sanctuary and botanical gardens that feature over 1,200 species of native and desert plants displayed in themed areas. Don’t forget to experience the exhibition galleries that highlight art and travel, both locally and nationally.
If you want a park that’s educational and recreational, this is the spot for you!
Location: 333 S. Valley View Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89107
6. Sunset Park
Sunset Park is one of the largest and most distinguished parks in the city.
Serving as a sanctuary in the desert, 190 of its 323 total acres have been developed into basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts; softball fields; a frisbee golf course; dog park; playground; and shaded picnic areas. There’s also lake where you can fish (with the right license).
Recently, the park has expanded to have walking trails through the natural mesquite and dunes area. When there, check out the natural dunes – the last remaining ones from what once dominated the Las Vegas valley.
Location: 2601 E Sunset Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89120
7. Arbors Tennis and Play Park
Arbors Tennis and Play Park is perfect for anyone who wants to keep an active, sporty lifestyle for themselves and their family.
This seven-acre park is home to Summerlin Tennis Club, and the community’s youth and adult tennis programs led by pro Gordon Hammond. It boasts five outdoor lit tennis courts, a stadium court, and a well-stocked pro shop. It also offers classes, clinics, and tournaments for players of all levels.
This park also has a lit basketball court, picnic pavilions, and spacious open play areas. It additionally features “Arborville,” a custom-built, child-friendly tricycle track specifically for toddlers.
Location: 610 Sageberry Drive, Arbors Village, NV 89114
8. Fox Hill Park
Known as one of Summerlin’s most popular recreational parks, Fox Hill Park offers adventure play-themed and climbing features for kids of all ages.
The park has 20 play structures, including a 32-ft climbing tower, a gigantic climbing structure called the Orange Beast, and climbing forts. You also get to enjoy exciting zip lines, fun embankment slides, a disc golf course, custom swings, and a spinning machine. And don’t worry, the surface of the climbing areas is rubberized to reduce the risk of injuries.
There are four covered picnic areas if you want a more relaxed play date or to simply enjoy the aesthetically pleasing landscape. It also includes rolling hills perfect for those who want to go walking.
Location: 215 Antelope Ridge Drive, Paseos Village, NV 89138
9. Heritage Bark Park
As one of Henderson’s go-to areas for their furballs, Heritage Bark Park is designed from the feedback of actual pet owners and dog park regulars. That’s why its amenities are able to meet the needs of the doggos, the pet parents, and the community.
This five-acre park has agility courses, dog water fountains, dog bone-shaped benches, and four different open running areas. It also offers classes, training programs, and even dog shows.
Plus, it features the Splash Pad, a water-filled area for pups to play around!
Location: 350 S Racetrack Rd, Henderson, NV 89015
Las Vegas is famous for its urban lifestyle. But it’s also full of breathtaking parks and even laid-back road trip destinations that are all within reach. It has so much to offer and a lot more for you to discover.
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