Are you feeling adventurous? If so, you’re in luck. There are many great places in Nevada where you can be as adventurous as you’d like, including the 11 places listed below.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Lamoille Canyon
Lamoille Canyon, often referred to as the "Grand Canyon" of Nevada, is the largest valley in the Ruby Mountains. Hiking and camping are the most popular recreational activities here. Lamoille Canyon is a definite must-see.
What could be more adventurous than exploring a world famous ghost town? Rhyolite, established in 1905, is a popular ghost town in Nye County. It began as a mining camp, and tourists from all over the world visit year after year to explore the town's ruins.
3. Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park was established in 1986 and is located in White Pine County. There are many different places in this beautiful park to be adventurous, including Mt. Wheeler, Lehman Caves and numerous trails.
4. Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada's oldest and largest state park, is located approximately 55 miles from Las Vegas. Its endless hiking opportunities make it one of the most adventurous places in the Silver State.
5. Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Established in 1984, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Amargosa Valley of southern Nye County. It protects nearly 30 species of endemic plants and animals. Those who visit this wildlife refuge will have the opportunity to experience the last remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert, stroll along gorgeous boardwalks, explore the famous Devils Hole and walk in the footsteps of pioneers.
6. Lake Mead National Recreation Area
Lake Mead National Recreation Area, located in southeastern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, is the perfect place for boating, fishing, swimming and hiking.
7. Cathedral Gorge State Park
Founded in 1935 and located near Panaca, Cathedral Gorge State Park was established as one of Nevada's four original parks. Slot canyon exploring, hiking, star gazing and camping are popular recreational activities at this park.
8. Truckee River
The Truckee River is western Nevada’s largest river and the sole outlet of Lake Tahoe. It's heavily used for recreation, including whitewater rafting, kayaking and fly fishing.
9. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is Nevada's first National Conservation Area, and it's located nearly 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip. This beautiful conservation area offers 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding and mountain biking.
10. Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe was founded nearly 2 million years ago and is North America's largest alpine lake. During the winter, skiing and snowmobiling are popular recreational activities within the Lake Tahoe area. During the summer, many different types of water sports are popular, including jet skiing, parasailing, boating and rafting.
11. Sand Mountain
Sand Mountain, a singing sand dune, is located about 25 miles east of Fallon. It measures two miles in length and is nearly 600 feet high. Sand Mountain is the perfect place for off-road enthusiasts for when they're feeling adventurous.
Have you visited any of these adventurous places? Where in Nevada do you go when you’re feeling adventurous?