National Parks might not be the first thing people think of when they think about Las Vegas, but Las Vegas is actually a great place to live when it comes to being able to visit National Parks. In fact there are 4 within driving distance of my back yard.
The closest National Park would be the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It’s located just about 30 miles outside of the city and is just breath taking. You can hike, bike, run, and explore this area. It’s got 19 marked trails and a lot of various wildlife to see and learn about. Many of these trails are kid friendly as well. Being so close to my home and being kid friendly makes this one of our favorite places to take a day trip to.
Edit to Add: I’ve been asked about the carriers in this picture. I’m wearing the lillebaby COMPLETE SSC (babies 7-45 lbs) and my son is wearing the lillebaby doll carrier – because why wouldn’t you take a giraffe hiking!
My boys love Lost Children’s trail. In fact the last time we went up there it was still chilly so we got to see a frozen waterfall. My Vegas babies thought that was really cool.
We always stop into the visitors center. They have a wonderful kids corner that is for kids younger to middle school and up. They have a great Jr. Explorer activity book that they gave my 5 yo and he pours over it all the time fascinated by what he could possible find or see on a hike.
I know I mentioned 4 parks in my backyard. If you are wondering what those are, we are also within driving distance of Zion National Park, Death Valley National Park, and the Grand Canyon. (Which my husband happened to propose to me at.)
Before your visit to any National Park you can get online with your children and check out National Park Trust Youth Programs where they can watch some fun videos and learn how to be a Junior Ranger!
So – Will you take the pledge and join #KidsToParks Day?
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