Wild Vegas

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The City of Las Vegas is a premier international entertainment destination. It is the largest tourist attraction in the United States, hosts more hotel rooms than any other city and is Southwest Airlines’ largest service destination in a state where the number one industry is tourism. Las Vegas is a fast growing, ethnically diverse city that in many ways is demographically emblematic of the future of America.

Yet, even though millions of visitors travel through Las Vegas every year, relatively few of them associate Las Vegas with it’s magnificent public lands and the opportunity to hike, bike, take pictures, rock climb, view wildlife or just gaze across a scenic overlook.

This region boasts some of America’s most beautiful public lands, including the world’s largest canyon, America’s largest reservoir, the lowest and hottest spots in the United States, the largest national wildlife refuge in the lower 48 states and the most visited national conservation area in the country.

A half-day or day’s drive will take you to internationally-recognized Wild Vegas destinations including Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the Grand Canyon, Death Valley and Zion National Parks. The Southern Nevada Agency Partnership, in cooperation with Outside Las Vegas Foundation and the National Wildlife Refuge Association, have outlined six Wild Vegas routes for those who truly want to experience the wild side of Vegas.

Download the Wild Vegas brochure at https://www.nps.gov/lake/parknews/upload/wild-vegas-full-opt.pdf.

Vegas Route

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge
  • Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
  • Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge

Grand Canyon Route

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kaibab National Forest
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Vermillion Cliffs National Monument
  • Zion National Park

Utah Circle Route

  • Red Cliffs National Conservation Area
  • Zion National Park
  • Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument
  • Bryce Canyon National Park
  • Capitol Reef National Park
  • Canyonlands National Park
  • Arches National Park

Great Basin Route

  • Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge
  • Great Basin National Park

Mojave Route

  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge
  • Spring Mountain National Recreation Area
  • Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
  • Death Valley National Park
  • Mojave National Preserve
  • Amboy Crater
  • Joshua Tree National Park
  • Coachella Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Colorado River Route

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area
  • Havasu National Wildlife Refuge
  • Bill Williams National Wildlife Refuge
  • Kofa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Imperial National Wildlife Refuge
  • Cibola National Wildlife Refuge

 
Wild Vegas

Last updated: February 28, 2015

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