7 Gorgeous Sites for the Outdoorsy Stoner Visiting Vegas
Nevada’s landscape offers much more than open space for a city.
With all the buzz surrounding the Strip of Las Vegas & Fremont Street, it can sometimes slip our minds that there’s a lot more to Nevada than Sin City. It’s a place where you can rejuvenate your spirit, reconnect with nature, and enjoy the amazing sights the desert has to offer. There are a multitude of natural formations & landscapes worth taking a glimpse at, and the activities found in such places are well-suited for the outdoor adventurer.
It’s 22 miles long, 2 million years old, & is located in the heights of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Boating, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, water skiing, and normal skiing can all be found here, perfect for a family vacation or romantic getaway. Pack some hybrid for this place, you’ll want to relax into the stunning scenery while exerting enough energy to enjoy the perks of the landscape.
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Located on the Colorado River, this lake is one of the largest reservoirs in the U.S. (the other being Lake Sakakawea). Wild life viewing and photography are popular here, along with boating as it has four marinas. Swimming, fishing and even sunbathing are all options here. Rocky coves & sandy beaches can be found around it.
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The Valley of Fire
The oldest state park in Nevada, this 42,000 acre valley features sandstone creations crafted by nature from immense sand dunes that solidified 150 million years ago during the age of the dinosaurs. You’ll need an energetic sativa to help get you through the hikes and biking trails in this park, while the views and fascinating formations will inspire the imagination.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
Rock climbing and hiking are perfect in the sandstone peaks of the Keystone Thrust found here. A one way, 13 mile-long road explores this area, with various pull-offs for parking to take one of the many hiking trails. Bicyclists will be happy to know there’s a moderate incline at the start of this road, with lots of flat and downhill touring afterwards.
The intriguing rock formations found around this great desert lake include the “Stone Mother,” rocks reminiscent of a woman sitting, guarding what almost look to be eggs surrounding her. A Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museium & Visitor Center holds many treasures of the Paiute people who once lived here and hold the lake in great esteem. Besides visiting this museum, you can expect amazing fishing, kayaking, biking, hiking, and stand-up paddleboarding.
Lamoille Canyon & Lake
Located in the Ruby Mountains, this canyon and lake were both sculpted into the landscape by glaciers from ice ages long ago. The scenic terrain is perfect for camping and rock climbing, with the three Dollar Lakes nearby.
Great Basin National Park
For the stargazers, this national park is the best place in the U.S. to view the night sky. Visibility is high as there’s no light pollution, and the atmosphere is thin with little humidity. Moderate to rigorous hikes can be found all over the park, and the many creeks offer fishermen the perfect place to improve their angler skills.