Spring is here! Spring is here! I welcome with open arms the warmer weather, desert wild flowers, and the rare opportunity to feel comfortable while outside. I went out for a walk yesterday, and couldn’t help but take pictures of some of the lovely foliage that my neighbors have. People don’t realize just how many colors we actually produce in the desert—the vibrant purples and reds, brilliant yellows, and we even have a bit of green! I love to get out there and experience what the Earth has to offer us in the spring. Now quick! While the weather is still cool enough to do so, go out there and do something outdoors with the family. Here are a few places I love to go when the weather is nice in Las Vegas—and the best part is that most of them are free!
One of my favorite places to go hiking is Red Rock Canyon. Hiking there is free, but if you want to bring a car in be prepared to pay a $7.00 fee. They have dozens of trails to choose from, and if you go early enough in the spring you can even find some of the small snow fed creeks that go dry in the summer. For more information about Red Rock, visit the BLM’s website: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html
Have you ever been to Las Vegas’s Springs Preserve? I’m sure you must have passed it on the 95 at some point, and at least wondered about it. This is a great place to take the kids and have a relaxing nature walk. Check out the website for awesome events, and for information on their amenities and attractions: http://www.springspreserve.org/
What about taking a drive up to Mt. Charleston for a hike and a picnic. This is especially nice on days when it’s just a bit too hot to do anything fun outside in town. They have some lovely trails, but prepare well—if you go too early in the spring there can still be a lot of snow impeding on your fun. For more info: http://www.vegas.com/attractions/outside_lasvegas/mountcharleston.html
Floyd Lamb Park is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s so beautiful there, and absolutely worth going to if you’ve never been. It costs $6.00 per car if you plan to drive in, and if you decided to walk or bike in it is $1.00 per person. For directions and other information visit this link: http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Find/21180.htm
Don’t forget about places like Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam either. There are so many amazing attractions in and around Las Vegas, with so much national history—you can’t afford not to take your kids out there and engage their brains in some friendly history and their bodies in some exercise. Take them out to the Henderson Farmer’s Market, or Lied’s Children’s Museum. Take in a 51’s game at Cashman Field, or check out the events that UNLV has to offer. There are so many things you and your family can take part in this spring, and I hope you can get out there and have some fun!
Here are some of the beautiful images I captured while on my walk. (hopefully I didn’t scare any of the neighbors!)
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