There are many beautiful areas located throughout Nevada. As a matter of fact, the natural beauty of these areas attract visitors from all over the United States, and even the world. Well, what if I were to tell you that a few of these beautiful areas can be quite dangerous if you don’t use extreme caution? Who would’ve thought one of the nation’s most beautiful states has several dangerous spots? Not me!
Listed below are 8 of Nevada’s most dangerous spots. How many of them have you visited?
1. Mojave Desert
Besides California, Utah and Arizona, the Mojave Desert also occupies smaller areas of Nevada. It's also the driest desert in North America. The Mojave Desert is home to three venomous snakes: Mojave Desert Sidewinder, Horned Rattlesnake and the Mojave Rattlesnake - the most dangerous of the three. While exploring the Mojave Desert, if you happen to stumble across one of these snakes, you'll want to walk away slowly to avoid being bitten.
2. Truckee River
The Truckee River is a beautiful river that flows for 121 miles in Nevada and California. It's heavily used for whitewater rafting. Whitewater rafting is a very dangerous recreational sport, so be careful the next time you and your friends decide to fight the rapids.
3. Hot Springs
There are more than 300 hot springs located throughout Nevada. Many of these hot springs produce scalding water and have warning signs that reflect this. However, even if you happen to come across a hot spring without a warning sign, you should still use extreme caution before getting in.
4. Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a popular hiking spot in Las Vegas. Sadly, many hiking accidents have occurred here, such as hikers falling from cliffs. Always be careful as you hike this area, and remember to never go hiking alone.
5. Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe
Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe, in Reno, is a popular destination for snow skiing. Snow skiing is much more dangerous than many people realize, and ski accidents happen pretty regularly. Always use extreme caution when snow skiing in this area.
6. Mt. Charleston
Mt. Charleston is the highest mountain in both the Spring Mountains and Clark County. Because Mt. Charleston is prone to flash flooding, you'll want to watch the weather closely before hiking it. You might even spot a mountain lion or two while hiking this mountain. Bottom line: Be careful the next time you plan to hike Mt. Charleston.
7. Incline Village
Incline Village, one of Nevada's most gorgeous areas, has definitely had its fair share of bear sightings. Many bears sighted within this area are dangerous, while others are pretty harmless. If you spot a bear, stay away. And as always, you should never, ever, EVER feed them!
8. Lake Mead
Lake Mead, when full, is the largest reservoir in the U.S. Like other lakes, many drownings have occurred here. However, this past spring, toxic algae was discovered in certain areas of Lake Mead. Even though this lake wasn't officially closed off to the public, officials did warn visitors not to swim in the areas where toxic algae was present.
Are there any other dangerous spots in Nevada where visitors need to use extreme caution? Let us know in the comments below!