5 Dog-Friendly Hiking Trails Near Las Vegas
Cooler temps are perfect for hitting the trail with your four-legged friends. Pardee Homes’ Las Vegas communities offer easy access to plenty of dog-friendly trails. Here are five nearby trails sure to get the tails wagging while you enjoy nature.
Red Rock Canyon
Just a half-hour drive from the heart of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon delivers stunning fall scenery and 26 dog-friendly hikes and trails. The fall months draw hikers, equestrians and bikers, so be ready to share the trail. Your pup will enjoy the freedom of exploring off-leash on some of these Bureau of Land Management trails, but keep the leash handy to use when passing others. Beginning Nov. 3, reservations are required for the park’s timed entry, so plan ahead.
Blue Diamond Hill
Blue Diamond Hill Trail is across from the main part of Red Rock Canyon. This 7.2-mile trail winds its way upward to unveil beautiful views of Las Vegas, but be prepared for some steep descents. Expect to share the trail with horseback riders and mountain bikers. Dogs must be on leash.
Spring Mountains National Recreation Area
This 1.5-hour drive from Las Vegas pays off with 60 miles of maintained trails and multiple scenic byways for photo ops en route. Most trails start at 6,000 feet in elevation, and some culminate at the 11,916-foot Charleston Peak. At that elevation, it’s not uncommon to encounter sudden snow from fall through spring, so stay alert to changing weather conditions. Leashes are required on all trails, campgrounds, picnic areas and the back country. Bring plenty of water for you and your dog, and pack out all trash and waste.
Seven Magic Mountains
While not technically a trail, you and your furry friends will enjoy the scenery of Seven Magic Mountains’ colorful 30-foot-high stacked boulders, just 10 miles south of Las Vegas. Take the walking path alongside the parking lot to access the sculptures. Be aware of weather conditions, bring water and snacks and keep your pets on leash.
Fossil Ridge Loop
Just 21 miles from Las Vegas, this 4.3-mile loop offers sweeping mountain views and plentiful wildlife. With an elevation gain of 784 feet, it is rated as moderate and is accessible year round. Cactus is abundant here, so keep your dog on a short leash to avoid stickers.
Sloan Canyon National Recreation Area
This 48,438-acre national conservation area forms the southern mountainous skyline of Las Vegas and the City of Henderson. With 47 miles of trails ranging from easy to intermediate, hikers and their pups are sure to discover something of interest. Note: the Petroglyph Trail and Petroglyph Canyon are off limits to dogs, other than service animals.
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