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Outdoor types might feel a little deprived while visiting Vegas — unless, of course, you count hours at the pool. But they can get a big fix of Mother Nature just 20 miles out of town at Red Rock Canyon. A prime location for exploring by foot, bike or car, the canyon boosts hiking trails and a 13-mile scenic driving and biking road.
Difficulty-rated and timed hikes are offered, ranging from under a mile and easy, to adventures suited for a more advanced hiker, like Turtlehead Peak, a 5-mile, 4.5-hour strenuous trek. Guided hikes are available several times a week on a first-come, first-served basis — and for safety reasons, are limited to 15 people. Its Web site lists schedules, tips and recommended hikes.
Red Rock Canyon
Approximately 20 miles west of Las Vegas.
For detailed directions: Red Rock Visitors Bureau hotline, 702-515-5350
Open daily, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Visitor’s Center, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Daily admittance is $3 per person; cars, $7; motorcycles and bicycles, $3.