TOP 15 SPECTACULAR REASONS TO GET OUT INTO VEGAS’ BEAUTIFUL BACKYARD

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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: 2.5 hours
Why go: For a relatively easy hike that only looks terrifying — Angels Landing — or to wade a few miles in the Virgin River through a gorgeous slot canyon

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Joshua Tree National Park, California

Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: 3.25 hours
Why go: For world-class rock climbing and bouldering; also: Joshua trees

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: Four hours
Why go: For the “forest of stone,” the largest collection of hoodoos (rock pillars) in the world

grand canyon

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: 4.5 hours
Why go: It’s the freaking Grand Canyon.

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: 4.5 hours
Why go: For Wheeler Peak, the second-tallest peak in Nevada at 13,063′ with a relatively easy and incredibly scenic trail to the top, plus the Lehman Caves

Arches National Park, Utah Arches National Park, Utah Drive time from Las Vegas Strip: 6.25 hours
Why go: For the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches

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