From hiking to swimming to kayaking, there’s plenty of options to keep you busy whether you’re in Vegas for a day or a week.

Las Vegas for the Active Traveler

Las Vegas is great, but sometimes its most common activities – gambling, eating, or taking in shows – isn’t the best for active individuals. Luckily, Las Vegas has plenty of outdoor activities to get you out of a seat and out into nature. From hiking to swimming to kayaking, there’s plenty of options to keep you busy whether you’re in Vegas for a day or a week.

Go Ziplining

What better way to see Las Vegas’ beauty than on a zipline? There are ziplines in the city that give you a tour of the downtown areas, or some that will take you on a journey into the desert. Check out options from SlotZilla, Voodoo, and Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon for some different ideas of what you can see. No matter what you choose, you get to be outdoors experiencing something pretty thrilling, as you’ll typically zooming along a line several stories in the air!

woman ziplining over city

Take a Horseback Ride

Can you imagine being a cowboy, gracefully riding your steed off into the sunset? No? Well then maybe Wild West Horse Adventures can help you get that experience. Outdoorsy folks can choose from a variety of tours, most of which include a meal, at least one hour of horseback riding, visiting a cowboy town, and stopping at a petting zoo. For best results, we highly recommend wearing your favorite cowboy outfit, hat included.

Find Some Powder: Skiing and Snowboarding

What, you say? Isn’t Las Vegas a desert? Yes, but the lovely Mount Charleston gets over 100″ of snow each season. While it’s only open late autumn through early spring, it’s a great destination for winter travelers looking for something else to do in Vegas. For information on the current weather conditions, check out Lee Canyon. That’s where you’ll find Las Vegas’ premier winter resort, with options for skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. There are over 30 trails to try out in the 440+ acre park, so you can go all winter long without seeing the same thing twice! In addition to the outdoor sports, the resort is equipped with a shop and restaurant too, so there’s no need to go back down the mountain until you’ve had enough.

Cross country skiing with dogs in the California Sierra Nevada mountains

Take a Cruise

When you think of a cruise, you’re probably picturing sailing the ocean, right? Think again! In Vegas, you can enjoy a day or evening cruise aboard “The Desert Princess”, sailing upon Lake Mead, the US’ largest man-made lake. They have several different options, including a brunch cruise or sight-seeing tour! The ship is an authentic Mississippi-style paddle-wheeler with three stories, so there’s plenty of room for you and your family on one of their short day trips. Expect to see beautiful views of the lake and the surrounding desert – don’t worry, there’s plenty of deck space for taking photographs.

Go Off-Roading

If there’s one thing Las Vegas has a lot of, it’s desert. Luckily, if you love the outdoors you can capitalize on this with some off-roading fun. Companies like Sun Buggy offer tours, chases, and more on off-road vehicles such as ATVs and dune buggies. While ATV tours are a great way to get some excellent views of the scenery, we highly recommend the dune buggy chases. What could be more fun than chasing your friends at top speed across the open sand?

Dune Bug ATV Riding


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