3 Nevada Road Trip Stops Leaving Las Vegas

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Mix fire and water for desert fun.

While Las Vegas offers plenty of entertainment, get in touch with your wilder side at these three unique spots near the city.

Valley of the Fire State Park

Moapa Valley, Nev.

The Fire Wave in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

The Fire Wave in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada.

Elephant Rock in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Elephant Rock in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Named after its red sandstone formations, this state park 55 miles from Las Vegas is home to 3,000-year-old petroglyphs, hiking trails and petrified wood; parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire-state-park.

Hoover Dam

Boulder City, Nev.

Hoover Dam on the western edge of Lake Mead in Nevada

Hoover Dam on the southwest edge of Lake Mead in Nevada

Completed in 1936, this engineering marvel is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, stretching 726 feet. Take one of two dam tours, which include a 500-foot elevator descent to the base of the dam;

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Boulder City, Nev.

Kayaking in the Black Canyon section of Lake Mead

Kayaking in the Black Canyon section of Lake Mead

Splash in the nation’s largest man-made reservoir, covering 1.5 million acres with nine access points. Rent a boat, kayak or walk to St. Thomas, a ghost town drowned by Lake Mead but now accessible due to severe drought; nps.gov/lake.


Elephant Rock in Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

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Cactus Alley at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. Courtesy photo

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