Nevada March 22, 2018
7 Totally Kid-Friendly Hikes In Nevada That Are 1 Mile And Under
Spring is one of the best times to get out and explore Nevada. The insane heat of summer hasn’t set in, and the weather is usually just perfect for spending some time outside. There’s no better way to take advantage of this beautiful season than to plan a hiking adventure that the whole family can enjoy. These seven kid-friendly hikes are perfect for children because they are easy and short, but they boast some incredible scenery that is sure to please adults as well. Take a look. Have you completed any of these?
1. Changing Canyon Trail, Lamoille
Lamoille Canyon is one of the most breathtaking sights in Nevada. The Changing Canyon Trail makes it possible for kids to experience the wonder of this beautiful place as well. This easy, .3-mile hike is great for all skill levels and is the perfect way to see the canyon if you're short on time. The trail leads you through gorgeous aspens, streams, and even a beaver pond.
2. Elephant Rock, Valley of Fire State Park
You've likely seen photographs of this iconic rock formation in Valley of Fire State Park. The trail to see this beautiful elephant-shaped rock is actually quite easy and short. The trail is about .3 miles out and back and provides picturesque views of many of the park's wonderful sandstone rock formations. You'll find Elephant Rock near the East Entrance of the park.
3. Floyd Lamb Tule Springs Park Trail, Las Vegas
Floyd R Lamb State Park is a beautiful park located near Vegas. This place is awesome for getting away from the city and surrounding yourself in nature. The park provides a .9 mile loop trail that takes you around several ponds and a natural spring lake. You'll often see people fishing in the lake. The trail is very well maintained and wheelchair accessible, as well.
4. Cave Rock Trail, Glenbrook
This trail really has it all. It's simple yet it boasts some seriously amazing views of Lake Tahoe. The hike is approximately .8 miles out and back and takes you over Highway 50. There is a small amount of easy climbing required. The payoff is a incredible view of the lake and the surrounding Toiyabe National Forest. Don't forget to bring your camera!
5. Little Falls Trail, Las Vegas
This is another simple trail located near Las Vegas, but it's noteworthy because it features a lovely hidden waterfall at the end of the hike. The trail is about .7 miles. You'll find the trailhead in Kyle Canyon at the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area. The hike leads you through groves of ponderosa pine and white fir trees before ending up at a quaint little waterfall.
6. Exploration Peak Trail, Las Vegas
You'll find this fun and scenic trail in Exploration Park near Las Vegas. This easy trail takes you up to the park's signature peak and contains all sorts of interesting historical markers, including an authentic sundial. At the top, you'll be treated to jaw-dropping views of the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding region. Afterwards, kids can play at the park's playground, archaeology dig site, water play area, and more.
7. Mountain View Nature Trail, Great Basin National Park
Looking for a kid-friendly way to explore the immense natural wonder that is Great Basin National Park? You'll find this lovely little nature trail at Lehman Caves Visitor Center. It's only about half of a mile and the trail takes you around the visitor center to explore the surrounding plant life. You'll even get a glimpse of the entrance to Lehman Caves.
What other kid-friendly hikes do you know of? Take a look at these
11 Beautiful Hikes In Nevada for even more incredibly outdoor adventures!