Even though people commonly overlook Las Vegas as an outdoorsy place, the city’s location is actually ideal for outdoors enthusiasts.
Now that Las Vegas is home for me, it’s changed the driving distances to many of the places I love to visit.
Southern Utah is so close that Zion National Park can be a day trip. Same with the western edge of Grand Canyon and Death Valley National Park. Bryce Canyon, Lake Powell, Yosemite, and Sedona are close enough for a weekend trip in the car.
Lake Tahoe isn’t as close to Las Vegas as I would have thought, taking seven hours driving. It’s only six hours to get to Salt Lake City and less than five hours to the Pacific Ocean.
Staying close to home in Las Vegas has its fruits to savor too. Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, and Valley of the Fire State Park are spectacular places to spend time.
Below is a list of places and their driving distances from Las Vegas.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area – 30 minutes
Death Valley National Park – 2 hours
Zion National Park – 2.5 hours
Grand Canyon West – 2 hours
Grand Canyon National Park South Rim – 4 hours
Grand Canyon National Park North Rim – 4.5 hours
Brian Head, Utah – 3 hours
Sedona, Arizona – 4.5 hours
Monument Valley, Arizona – 6 hours
Telluride, Colorado – 9 hours
Moab, Utah – 7 hours
Lake Tahoe – 7 hours
Mammoth Lakes, California – 5 hours
Newport Beach, California – 4.25 hours
Lake Havasu – 2.5 hours
Great Basin National Park – 4.5 hours
Joshua Tree National Park – 3.5 hours
Bryce Canyon National Park – 4 hours
Yosemite National Park – 6 hours