“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s Party!’” — Robin Williams
One of the benefits of living in Las Vegas is the weather! It’s true we’re blessed with good weather essentially year-round, but spring is special. Even those who sat out the winter months “spring” into action by hitting the hiking trails, breaking out the kayaks and hopping on their bicycles. With average daytime temperatures in the mid to high 70s during March and April, springtime offers the perfect weather for enjoying nature’s splendor.
If you’re relocating to Las Vegas, Nevada, planning on a visit or coordinating a staycation Las Vegas style, here’s a primer on things to do in Las Vegas – outdoors!
“You’re off to great places, today is your day. Your mountain is waiting, so get on your way.” — Dr. Seuss
As desert wildflowers begin to bloom and wildlife becomes more active, spring is a wonderful time to visit the Valley of Fire State Park where awe-inspiring ancient red sandstone formations rise in sculpted shapes from the desert floor. Or, at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area you can get up close and personal with 4000-year-old ancient rock art (petroglyphs). Plus, with 26 different hiking trails Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on the western edge of the valley, is a cornucopia of variety and beauty for beginners to the more experienced hiker.
From the mountains to the water, hikers enjoy spending their days at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area experiencing a variety of landscapes, from canyons to shores. While Mt. Charleston is best known for its winter activities, it is also a great spot for hiking when the weather warms up. Boasting more than 60 miles of trails, most treks start at over 6000 feet in elevation with some culminating at the 11,916 feet Charleston Peak.
“I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life. I ride a bike to add life to my days.” — Unknown
With hundreds of miles of paved and unpaved bike paths, it’s an understatement to say that Las Vegas and surrounding areas are cyclist-friendly. Riders can essentially circumvent the valley on two wheels. Check out the Neon to Nature app for trail maps. These urban trails definitely worth exploring include the 11.4 mile I-215 West Beltway Trail; the 15.5 mile Flamingo Arroyo Trail, and the 13.4 mile Lower Las Vegas Wash Trail.
Don’t own bicycles? No problem! The RTC Bike Share system in Downtown Las Vegas offers classic and electric bikes for rent that you can use to safely and comfortably two-wheel it through the sights and sounds of downtown. Along the way, stop in at some of the city’s best restaurants or visit museums like The Neon Museum where you can wander the outdoor Boneyard – taking in vintage Vegas signs in a spectacularly kitschy and historic setting.
“Let your dreams set sail.” — Unknown
You don’t need to be an expert to kayak the relatively mellow section of the Colorado River at the Black Canyon National Water Trail. Access the water trail through a guided tour at the base of the Hoover Dam and travel the 30-mile trail passing beaches, caves, coves, hot springs and wilderness. Watch for the desert bighorn sheep that often make an appearance on the cliffs along the river.
Twenty-five miles from the city is Lake Mead, the largest manmade reservoir in the U.S. – ideal for boating and water sports, kayaking and canoeing. With more than 290 square miles of waterway, boaters can enjoy the thrill of open water navigation or chill-out while dropping anchor in a private cove.
DO SPRING YOUR WAY
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” — Leo Tolstoy
If you’re not into hiking, biking or boating look for other ways to “spring” into action. How about pickleball!? Las Vegas has numerous new pickleball courts throughout the valley.
Best golf in Las Vegas – From exquisite championship courses designed by legends of the sport to lush fairways and breathtaking views – there are more than 50 golf courses available for play in Las Vegas throughout the year thanks to the area’s inviting climate.
Or simply get outside to enjoy the incredible springtime weather – take a stroll in one of the many dogs parks in Las Vegas, visit the Arts District or Farmers Market, or simply put up your feet on the patio furniture while you’re returning those business calls.
The gentleness of springtime weather won’t last long. Enjoy every moment!