Life off the Strip

When I tell people I live in Las Vegas most think this:


So it’s very surprising to people that there are many outdoor activities that can be found in Vegas. Since Rock n Roll Vegas is coming up next month I figured I would share some of my favorite places to see in Vegas that are off the strip.

1 Red Rock Canyon


Located right outside of Summerlin is this majestic Canyon where you can camp or just go on a day hike. Daniel prefers to meet his local trail runners group here and goes on scenic weekly trail runs. Whatever you choose to do check out their website for a list of hiking trail closures, weather warnings or camping fees.

2 Springs Preserve

Src:Springs Preserve website
Src:Springs Preserve website

Located right off the 95 Fwy and close to the strip so you don’t venture too far from your hotel is the Springs Preserve. This is like a little oasis in the desert! Desert life blooms here and with the constantly changing exhibits this place is great if you are traveling with kids. Bonus:there are running trails inside the park.

3 Mt Charelston

Src:Mt Charleston Resort
Src:Mt Charleston Resort

The perfect way to recover from a night race! Growing up my family used to take day trips for hikes and picnics to Mt Charleston as an escape from the Vegas heat. While you’re there why not scope out your next race, the Revel Mt Charleston Half/Marathon. I have not run this race but I’ve read good things and I’m adding it to my bucket list.

These are just three places you can see in Vegas but there are so many more! I will share more #offthestrip adventures soon.


What places off the strip have you visited? What’s your favorite thing to do in Vegas?

6 thoughts on “Life off the Strip

  1. Thank you! A friend of mine from LA is going to meet me in Vegas while I’m there and she’ll have her car. I was looking into things we could do. Red Rock Canyon was on my list but I hadn’t heard of the other two. I’m definitely going to look into those 🙂

    1. Red Rock is beautiful and the weather right now is perfect, not too hot and not too cold. Have a great time!

  2. I’ve been to Vegas many times, but rarely anymore hang around the strip.
    Love Red Rock Canyon, I’ve hiked all over that place I’ve been lucky many times to see the bighorn sheep on the cliffs there too. It’s a beautiful place!
    I went to Mt. Charlston years ago, but it was so long I can’t even remember. I’ve considered that Revel race though!
    My other favorite things, lake Mead, Hoover Dam. I also like the town down south right on the boarder, althrough each time I am there the roller coaster is closed down, LOL

  3. I love Vegas! For runners that want a different experience than the “Strip at Night” race, I highly recommend running Ragnar Vegas. You get a taste of everything else that Vegas has to offer, including some incredible trails and views!

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