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Las Vegas Area Trails

Mission: To Systematically Explore and Video Document
Every Wilderness Area Within 100 Miles of Las Vegas

Wilderness Windows Below

(Select Area, Then Click Through to Individual Trails and Wilderness Routes)

Western Las Vegas Area Trails & Wilderness Exploration

Las Vegas Metro Area Trails & Wilderness Exploration

Eastern Las Vegas Area Trails & Wilderness Exploration

Northern Las Vegas Area Trails & Wilderness Exploration

Southern Las Vegas Area Trails & Wilderness Exploration


David Smith on Mt Charleston summit outside of Las Vegas, Nevada

Charleston Peak Summit

Las Vegas Area Trails is a site created especially for you if:

  1. You’re a wilderness explorer at heart and love hiking, climbing or especially trail running.
  2. You live in or near Las Vegas, Nevada or visit Las Vegas often.
  3. You feel that a drive of up to 3 hours from Las Vegas is worth it if you end up in an astonishingly beautiful wilderness area.
  4. You can no longer experience adventures like these, so a virtual video tour would be a great joy.
  5. You want to achieve your optimal health and help others to do so.

David Smith, a long time trail runner, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016 and fell in love with the wilderness areas around Las Vegas. In his first 3 years he mostly explored the Mt. Charleston area, Red Rock National Park and Death Valley National Park. Beginning in November of 2018, he began to systematically explore new trails and wilderness areas – some largely uncharted. He created LasVegasAreaTrails.com to document his adventures while inviting others to explore these wilderness areas.

Return often to get ideas for your next wilderness adventure. A new trail adventure page will appear each week on this expanding wilderness website.

Bristlecone Pine From Mummy Mountain Summit, Nevada

Bristlecone Pine
Mummy Mt. Summit

Most Recent Adventures

October 1, 2022
Kyle Canyon Grand Crossing Southern Half – Initial Exploration
September 25, 2022
Discovery of Unmarked Trail to Mummy Mountain’s Head
September 18, 2022
Kyle Canyon Grand Crossing Northern Half

Projected Adventures: Future Summers

Mummy Mountain Head from Lee Canyon
Mummy Summit from Lee Canyon

Sisters Circuit in Lee Canyon
Mack’s Peak
McFarland Peak

Sexton Ridge to Griffith Peak

Charleston Peak Summit from Cathedral Rock

Fletcher Peak/Cockscomb Ridge Circuit
Six-Peak Spring Mountains Circuit
Mt. Whitney, CA

Projected Adventures Future Winters

Eureka Dunes by Mountain Bike, Death Valley

Devil’s Race Track by Mountain Bike, Death Valley
Southern Death Valley
Southern Panamint Range
Additional Death Valley Destinations

Big Dune on Hwy 95

Additional Lake Mead Destinations
Valley of Fire Circuit
Muddy Mountains
Blue Diamond Mountain Area

Projected Adventures: Future Spring/Fall

Rainbow Mts from Rainbow Mts Upper Crest Ridgeline
Rainbow Mts Upper Crest Ridgeline Overview
Indecision Peak
Mt. Wilson
Rainbow Mountain
Bridge Mt.
Lee Canyon Area
Mud Springs Loop
Cliff Shadows/Skye Canyon Area
Ridge Above Skye Canyon
Summerlin Ridge and Peak
Cliff Shadows Open Desert Park Area
Cliff Shadows Trigono Hills Park Area
La Madre Mountains
Kyle Canyon to Red Rock over La Madre Mountain
La Madre Mountain Summit (South, East, West)
Legendary La Madre Mountain Loop (East to West)
El Bastardo Mountain (La Madre Mt. Wilderness)
Damsel Peak South Approach
Potosi Mountain
Western Cliffs Ridgeline to Summit
Southeastern Summit Approach from Hwy 160
Lake Mead Area
Mt. Wilson Arizona
Anniversary Ridge (Muddy Mountains)
Sheep Range Destinations
South End of Sheep Range Exploration
Sheep Peak
Hayford Peak
Sheep Range Grand Crossing
Sheep Range End-to-End
Red Rock Pk Destinations
Juniper Peak
Ice Box Canyon
Pine Creek Canyon
White Rock Mt. Redo
Outliers East and Southeast of Las Vegas
Hualapai Mountain
Gold Butte National Monument
Virgin Peak
Mormon Peak
Zion National Park Destinations
Red Cliffs NCA
Snow Canyon State Pk
Dixie National Forest
Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument
Great Basin National Park
Outliers West and Southwest of Las Vegas
Nopa Range Wilderness Area
Kingston Peak

Do You Have the Heart of An Explorer? (take this test)


1) Do you tend to explore a mountain you see, then later consult a map to find out where you were vs. consulting a map before entering the area?

2) Do you feel more at home, safe and at peace in a wilderness area miles from the nearest human than you feel in an urban setting?

3) Do you navigate by the sky, the terrain, surrounding landmarks, faint tracks and gut feelings vs. referring to maps and electronic devices?

4) Does it sometimes seem to others that you’re a bit careless and irresponsible, although you yourself feel confident in the numerous hidden safety measures and precautions you employ while navigating wilderness areas?


5) Does it sometimes take numerous trips to reach a destination or summit because you’re discovering potential routes as you go? However, by the time you reach the goal you know the entire mountain like your own living room?

6) Do you feel by the time you’ve explored an entire wilderness area that you could be landed there by helicopter, blindfolded, yet still easily find your way around and out? And that this would be great fun?

7) Do you feel that the boundary between yourself and the wilderness has dissolved, and it’s hard to say where you end and the wilderness begins?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you likely have the heart of an explorer!

Get Healthy, Enjoy More Hiking and Running!

David Smith Las Vegas Area Trails

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Las Vegas Area Trails | Wilderness Hikes, Runs and Climbs Around Las Vegas, Nevada
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Las Vegas Area Trails | Wilderness Hikes, Runs and Climbs Around Las Vegas, Nevada
Find wilderness hikes, runs and climbs within about 150 miles of Las Vegas, Nevada. Mt. Charleston Wilderness, La Madre Mountains Wilderness, Desert National Wildlife Refuge, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Death Valley National Park, Zion National Park and much more!
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