Fall In The Desert signifies a break from the heat and time to get outdoors. One of the best places to get outdoors and enjoy nature is at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Located just to the east of Las Vegas, this national park provides a variety of landscapes, beautiful vistas, and hiking opportunities.
Here are a few hikes located on Lake Mead’s Northshore Road. The road can be accessed from Henderson via Lake Mead Parkway. Turn left onto Northshore road from Lake Mead, 1/3 of a mile after the fee station. Northshore road can also be accessed via Lake Mead Blvd on the east side of town. The road is located approximately 2 miles after the fee station.
Located at mile 1.2, this trail overlooks the Las Vegas Wash as it flows underneath Lake Las Vegas and out to Lake Mead. The trail is a 1 ¼ mile loop.
Northshore Summit Trail
This trail is so short, it is hard to call it a hike but the views are spectacular! Located at mile 20.5, park in the parking area located on the left. From there follow the trail 0.25 miles up to a small saddle overlooking the Muddy Mountains, the Bowl of Fire and beyond.
A unique place to take visitors when your dog is tagging along on the trip, this area has red sandstone formations that create a wonderful backdrop and are fun to hike around. The parking area is located at mile 27 on Northshore road. While there is a designated trail that is 1/2 mile long, there are plenty of areas to explore.
Other hikes to check out in this area are the Northshore Summit trail, the Rogers Spring Trail and St. Thomas.
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