Northern Nevada is a hiker’s paradise with its scenic array of lakes, mountains and alpine forests. Hikers with young children don’t have to miss out on this fun and healthy activity! Here are 10 easy hikes that are suitable for young children and will inspire them to become life-long hikers — they’re some of the best hikes in Nevada, in fact!
Have you tried any of these hikes, or other family friendly hikes in Northern Nevada to recommend? Share your picks for the best hikes in Nevada in the comments below!
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Sarah M.|July 18, 2022
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If you're looking for more of the best short hikes in Nevada that everyone can enjoy, check out these 10 easy treks. In North Las Vegas, the Aliante Nature Discovery Trail is a great choice for families; this trail is a half-mile loop around a lovely park. Along the way you will pass a man-made waterfall, ducks around the lake, and a delightful children's play area with dinosaur statues. The park is located at the corner of Nature Park Drive and North Aliante Parkway in North Las Vegas.
We also love the hikes in Red Rock Canyon, as many of them are accessible for hikers of all skill levels. First Creek Trail is approximately 3.6 miles with an elevation gain of 534 feet. The first mile of the trail moves along fairly flat desert which eventually leads to more vegetation and a waterfall at the end. The waterfall is seasonal and most active during the spring. The trail is good for all skill levels though a bit rocky toward the end and small children may need hand holding.
Another trail in the area is the Calico Basin Walking Path, a half-mile trail that's part of the Calico Basin Red Springs Park, which you'll find just outside the entrance to the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area. The park itself is free and does not require a parking or day use fee. This small hike runs along a wooden boardwalk that goes through tall grasses and trees. There are also regular hiking trails in the park if you and the kids feel more adventurous!