The Silver State is a beautiful state, as you’ll soon see with the following list of best hikes in Nevada. With our state’s varied topography and views for days, there are so many options for wonderful hikes in Nevada. However, we recognize that not everyone is a seasoned pro, or has a day to commit to the trails — and we get it! For the novice hiker — or one who just doesn’t have a lot of free time — the Silver State also has several short and sweet hiking trails that are well under three miles. From the splendor of Red Rock Canyon and Great Basin National Park to neighborhood parks with easy Nevada hiking trails to alpine lake trails, here are some of our favorite places for Nevada hiking … all of the trails are under three miles long!

Nevada hiking is just incredible, and with the large variety of hikes under three miles across the state, hikers of all ages and skill levels have many options. Whether you are looking for a quick and easy early morning hike, a lunch break jaunt, or a take-your-time picnic hike, there are several shorter hikes throughout this wonderful state. Have you had the pleasure of hiking any of these trails? Did we leave any of the best hikes in Nevada (under three miles) off this list? Please share your thoughts, experiences, and comments below.

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What are the best hikes with views in Nevada?

Some of the best scenic hikes in Nevada include:

  • Calico Tanks Red Rock Canyon
  • Bartley Ranch Regional Park Hike and Overlook
  • Red Mountain & Black Mountain Trail
  • Tahoe Rim Trail


Nevada is filled with mountain ranges and hiking trails, and many of these treks traverse these glorious natural areas of the state. Sometimes they are a total escape, leading hikers into the wilderness. Other times, these Nevada hiking trails lead you to high summits that overlook the entire city skyline. Some of the best hikes in Nevada with city views include the Calico Tanks Red Rock Canyon, which boasts an epic view of Sin City; the Bartley Ranch Regional Park Hike And Overlook in Reno; the Red Mountain & Black Mountain trail in Boulder City; Tahoe Rim Trail -- the Kingsbury South Section in Incline Village; the scenic C Hill Loop Trail in Carson City; and the Lone Mountain Loop in Summerlin.

What are the best easy hikes in Nevada?

Some great easy hikes in Nevada include:

  • Wetlands Park Nature Preserve
  • Floyd Lamp Park Tule Springs Park Trail
  • Railroad Tunnel Trail
  • Swan Lake Nature Study Trail


If you're in the mood for more short-and-sweet hikes in the Silver State like those listed above, you'll want to check out this list of best hikes in Nevada that also fit the bill. Among those on the list, the Swan Lake Nature Study Trail in Reno is sure to delight. This lovely nature trail in Nevada is a little under three miles out and back, and much of it is on boardwalks over wetlands with views of Swan Lake. The trail runs over a wildlife preserve spot so many of the marshy grass areas are overgrown, making this a very quiet place to walk and an easy hike for a beginner. Swan Lake Nature Study Area is actually a nationally recognized birdwatching area so be prepared to see many species of birds including, of course, swans!

What is the most scenic hike in Nevada?

Mount Rose Trail is one of the most scenic hikes in Nevada.

If you’re ready for a big trek, Mount Rose Trail is 10.6 miles of gorgeous natural beauty that includes waterfalls! It’s also a good choice if you’re a wildflower fan, as you’ll see lots of bright and cheery flowers along the trail. Perhaps this is one to tackle once you've finished the above short-and-sweet trails? If you’re looking for some beautiful views, head to Great Basin National Park to do the Wheeler Peak Trail. It’s worth the trek to summit the mountain. You will be able to see a truly stunning view that you won't soon forget.

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