National Parks to Visit In or Near Las Vegas

Spring season is a beautiful time in Las Vegas. Perfect for outdoor adventures and tours with loved ones, friends or family members. From the local Red Rock National Conservation Area to the Grand Canyon National Park, we have you covered. We have listed the top 6 National Recreational Parks in or near Las Vegas. 

1. Red Rock National Conservation Area

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Red Rock Canyon’s unique geology with multicolored sandstone atop of gray limestone creates a unique environment with seasonal springs and streams. More than 2 million people visit Red Rock Canyon each year to hike, bike, rock climb, and more. There are more than 60 miles of hiking trails to explore. You can also explore the majestic hues of red with our Las Vegas Picnic tour which includes a landing atop a secluded scenic overlook with views of the entire Las Vegas valley and world-famous skyline for a delectable champagne picnic. Learn more here about this tour. 

2. Valley of Fire State Park

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Valley of Fire is the oldest Nevada State Park and was dedicated in 1935. Valley of Fire is marked as Nevada Historical Marker #150 (Nevada’s First State Park). Despite the heat during the summer, Valley of Fire is still a popular spot with its beautiful landscapes. Make sure to visit during winter or fall as there are several hikes to explore such as White Domes Hike, Mouse’s Tank Hike, and more.  Be awed by the blazing red sandstone outcroppings with our VIP Deluxe tour which includes pick-up and drop-off from your Las Vegas hotel, aerial views of the Colorado River, Mojave Desert, Hoover Dam and Lake Mead along with a champagne picnic at the bottom of the Grand Canyon and complimentary pre-recorded Grand Canyon tour highlights reel and a personal souvenir plaque with photograph. Learn more about this tour here

3. Grand Canyon National Park

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The Grand Canyon National Park encompasses canyons, river tributaries, and surrounding grounds. The Grand Canyon is situated in Arizona’s northwestern quadrant. With millions of visitors making the trip to the canyon each year, this park is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world. We offer multiple tours to the Grand Canyon, from our most popular helicopter tour, the Grand Canyon picnic tour and tours such as the Skywalk Express tour with expedited entrance to the Skywalk, the Grand Canyon Heli & Outdoor Adventure which allows a shooting & ATV add on experiences, to the Grand Voyager Exclusive which includes a scenic riverboat ride and picturesque lunch on the canyon rim and many more tours to the Grand Canyon. 

4. Mojave National Preserve 

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Mojave National Preserve is the third largest site ran by the National Park Service in the United States. From camping and hiking to history, the Mojave dessert is home to beautiful mountains and landscapes with a wide array of habitats-mountains, valleys, springs, forest and wetlands-that shelter an abundance of plant, fish and animal species. Most of our Grand Canyon tours fly over the Mojave Desert.

5. Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas. Our helicopter tours to the Grand Canyon include aerial views of Lake Mead. 

6. Mt. Charleston/Spring Mountain National Recreation Area

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Find all the cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mount Charleston. Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada’s eighth-highest mountain peak and one of the Top 10 most topographically prominent peaks in the United States. There are many hikes in the area, including Mary Jane Falls trail which has a seasonal waterfall and even a cave. This kid-friendly, two-mile trail is only an hour long. Fletcher Canyon is another easy hike, featuring walls up to 100 feet. Partake in the beautiful aerial views of Mount Charleston Peak towards Pahrump with our Heli & Wine tour where you will land at the award-winning Pahrump Valley Winery for wine tasting and an exquisite 4-course dinner! The flight back soars over the Spring Mountains and into the Las Vegas Valley at dusk as the lights of the Strip turn on. Learn more about this tour here

To learn more about our tours over these beautiful picturesque national and recreational areas in or near Las Vegas, visit our site at www.sundancehelicopters.com.

Alex Younger