The desert landscape of Nevada attracts outdoor enthusiasts from all over the world. This includes many families who enjoy the fun mix of year-round hiking in great spots across the state. For families, it’s important to consider the skill level of your hikers—so be sure the hikes are not too strenuous, with minimal elevation and smoother terrain. Explore these five great, family-friendly hikes in Nevada.
Mount Charleston is only about 35 miles from Las Vegas and offers some of the best hiking in the state. Whether you have a family of advanced hikers that can take on Charleston Peak or younger kids that need a less strenuous hike, there are more than enough trails to suit any skill level. For families with children, a hike along the Mary Jane Falls Trail is the perfect introduction to day hiking. This is by far the most popular family trail in the park and is well known for some pretty stunning views of the falls and caves. The hike is 2.5 miles with an elevation gain of a little over 1,000 feet.
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Red Rock Canyon is what many people think of when they picture the Las Vegas desert. The sandstone here are a deep, dark red and form some of the most unique natural sculptures in the world. The conservation area has a good range of activities for all types of families. For families with small children, the Moenkopi Loop is recommended. This trail is rated as easy, and is two miles in length which should only take about an hour and a half to traverse. On the hike, take in the views of Triassic fossils and unique desert flora. The Willow Springs Loop is also designated as an easier hike for inexperienced hikers. At 1.5 miles in length, the Willow Springs Loop traverses through Agave roasting pits and a pictograph site.
This wildlife range is the largest outside of Alaska with 1.6 million acres. There are a wide range of trails to take, but some can prove to be challenging. For a lightly-trafficked hike, get going on the roughly two-mile Corn Creek Nature Trail. This loop has a very gradual rise in elevation that does not go over 100 feet in elevation. This is a fun hike for those wanting to bird watch or see other wildlife. This hike is also a bit greener than some of the other hikes in the area.
This park covers 2,900 acres. There are a variety of trails that might prove to be a bit challenging with the wetlands, but the Duck Creek Trail is both family and canine friendly! Participate in one of their naturalist-guided Woof Walks where you and your four-legged friend can learn about the local plant and wildlife. Children will also enjoy the chance to see the wide variety of animals and birds in the area. The one-mile hike is pretty flat but it can be muddy in parts, so be prepared. It is a nice place to take regular hikes with young kids because there is always something different to see.
Valley of Fire gets its name from the colorful sandstone that rests along the desert. The trails here are not difficult, but the heat can be overwhelming at times so bring lots of water, sunscreen, and even things like protective sun gear. The Rainbow Vista Trail offers a very reasonable hike that is family friendly. The trail is 1.1 miles each way and only gains about 150 feet in elevation. The stars of this short but sometimes very hot hike are the rock formations. Mouse's Tank is another easy hike in the park. The cave art is a cool addition to the sandstone in this area. The hike is a little over a mile each way with very little rise.