Outdoor winter activities around Vegas


Vegas is surrounded by natural beauty that calls for spending time outdoors. Thanks to the area’s mild winter weather, there are plenty of things to do during the daytime. Here are some:

Springs Preserve

The Preserve is home to exhibits, galleries, hiking trails, outdoor entertainment, and an eight-acre garden that delights visitors of all ages. During the holidays, it hosts a Lights Festival.

Ice skating at Montelago Village

A skating rink that sits atop a floating stage on beautiful Lake Las Vegas provides a great view of the surrounding area and Italian-style village.

Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort at Mount Charleston

There are 40 acres of ski terrain, with 10 different trails, the longest of which is 3,000 feet. The summit is located at 9,370 feet with a vertical drop of 860 feet. For snowboarders, there are 30 acres of terrain, a half pipe and a terrain park.

Red Rock Canyon

About 200 different animals live in the canyon, including burros, rabbits, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, hummingbirds, wild horses, bobcats and mountain lions. You can explore the site on foot or if it’s too cold, drive through the 13-mile loop and admire the geological formations, which provide great opportunities for taking photographs.