Mission: To Systematically Explore and Video Document
Every Wilderness Area Within 150 Miles of Las Vegas

West of Las Vegas

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

Mt. Charleston Wilderness Kyle Canyon

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Adventure Summaries

Mt. Charleston Wilderness Lee Canyon

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Adventure Summaries

Mt. Charleston Wilderness Deer Creek 

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Adventure Summaries

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Adventure Summaries

Calico & Brownstone Basins

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Adventure Summaries

La Madre Mountains Wilderness

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Adventure Summaries

Rainbow Mountain Wilderness

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Adventure Summaries

Potosi Mountain, Spring Mountains

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Adventure Summaries

East of Las Vegas

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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Adventure Summaries

Valley of Fire State Park

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Adventure Summaries

Muddy Mountains Wilderness

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Adventure Summaries

North & South of Las Vegas

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Las Vegas Metro Area Trails & Further Outliers

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View a summary description of every major wilderness area on this site. Follow the area descriptions to view individual adventures.

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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 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.

What’s Unique About This Wilderness Website?

  1. Walk Where Few Have Walked: Many adventures have no trails. The goal is to explore and document an approach to a hard to reach area, often a summit.
  2. See What Few Have Seen: Expect rare vivid visuals. Each adventure page has a slide show that follows the adventure route and a detailed adventure route video.
  3. Quickly Find Your Adventure: Follow the home page wilderness area thumbnails to the adventure of your choice – you’re within just 2 clicks!
  4. You’re in Control of Your Experience Here: Select your level of detail from Overview Images > Adventure Summaries > Complete Adventure Details
  5. Cross-Platform Integration: The companion YouTube Channel follows the same organization as the website. YouTube Playlists match website wilderness categories. Interact on YouTube!
  6. New Weekly Adventures: Every week a new wilderness adventure is created and documented. See the “Recent Adventures” section below for the 3 most recent adventures.

David Smith, a writer, web designer, professional speaker, life-long hiker and trail runner, moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2016 and fell in love with the vast wilderness areas around Las Vegas. In his first 3 years he mostly explored the Mt. Charleston area, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 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. More about David Smith and this Journalistic Legacy Website, including how you can get David’s help to create your own Journalistic Legacy Website

Bristlecone Pine From Mummy Mountain Summit, Nevada

Bristlecone Pine
Mummy Mt. Summit

Most Recent Adventures

Projected Adventures

Sisters North | Lee Canyon | Mt Charleston Wilderness | Spring Mountains, Nevada

View Projected Adventures list for a particular wilderness area under the Wilderness Windows thumbnails on that area’s Adventure’s Overview Page.

5 Guiding Principles for LasVegasAreaTrails.com

  1. Every place we stand is sacred ground with its origin in Creative Consciousness.
  2. All things are connected and are one through this common origin.
  3. All places are connected. Lines that divide are artificial and imaginary.
  4. The energy-giving forces that unite are much stronger than the energy-sucking forces that divide.
  5. Our greatest pursuit in life is to explore, enjoy and celebrate.

Get Healthy, Enjoy More Hiking and Running!

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!

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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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