When people think of Nevada, they often come up with one name first. Las Vegas, after all is iconic. A city that’s become a globally recognisable brand in a way that few others have managed. But there’s so much more to the Silver State than just the roulette wheels, showgirls, and bright lights of Sin City.
From dry deserts, to snow capped mountains, Nevada is the perfect state for adventure and activity outdoors, whether you’re a dedicated, trail running professional, or just looking for something fun to do with the family on the weekend, daredevil or day-tripper, the wide open spaces and boundless nature of Nevada have something to offer everybody.
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"Nevada positively encourages your spirit of exploration"
There are over 20 State and National Parks in Nevada, so whether you’re visiting one specific area, traveling around, or just passing through, spending time in among the incredible natural terrain is never far away. It’s easy to see, with the vast spaces available for adventure, why the motto of the state is ‘Don’t Fence Me In’. Nevada positively encourages your spirit of exploration.
There are literally thousands of miles of hiking trails that take in some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find anywhere on the planet. Around 40 minutes drive of Las Vegas is Valley Of Fire State Park where you’ll find the Fire Wave trail. Named after the burning red rocks that surround the route that, at just over a mile long, is accessible to even the most novice hiker, and offers some breathtaking views.
Contrast this with the lush, dense greenery of the 10 mile Sierra Canyon Trail in Genoa to the East of Nevada. It’s a testing hike with some serious elevation along the way, although there are camping spots along the route, so you can break it down into a spellbinding weekend of walking.
Nevada really is a four season state, enjoying gloriously long Summers, colourful Autumn’s and Spring’s, and incredible winters. Each season brings with it fresh opportunity to go out there and get at it.
When the snow falls, Mount Rose, just 30 minutes from Reno, offers some incredible snowshoeing trails. The mountain is off limits to all mechanised vehicles, the beauty of which is that your wintery walk isn’t going to be disrupted by the noise of snowmobiles or waggons rolling past at any time.
With some areas of Nevada getting up to a metre of fresh snow, and abundant coverage across the whole state, combined with having more than 30 peaks over 3000 metres, Nevada makes for a perfect ski and snowboard trip. In fact, Nevada has more mountains than any other state in the US, so options are always plentiful.
The most recognisable ski area is around Lake Tahoe, which borders neighbouring California to the East and shares the resort with Nevada. On the Nevada side are the aforementioned Mount Rose, which has some of the steepest lift-accessible slopes anywhere in the country, and the more beginner to intermediate-friendly Diamond Peak.
"The chances of getting fresh tracks in untouched snow are always high"
Ruby Mountains, located roughly halfway between Reno and Salt lake City in neighbouring Utah is often dubbed Nevada’s Swiss Alps. Praise indeed, and thoroughly warranted. It’s one of the best kept secrets in backcountry skiing, with ten peaks over 3000 metres that get around 70 centimetres of dry, champagne snow annually. The fact that it’s not as well known as some of the other ski areas in Nevada means the chances of getting fresh tracks are always high.
Whether you’re new to the slopes and want to learn to ski in some of the best resorts anywhere in the world, or you’re a seasoned pro looking for powder filled bowls and adrenaline-spiking couloirs on a splitboard, Nevada is a winter playground like no other.
From north to south, Nevada is blessed with some incredible water, rich in adventure and waiting to be discovered. From Truckee River in the north, Lake Tahoe in the east, Lake Mead and the Colorado River to the south, and countless lakes and rivers in between, in the Silver State you’ll find something aquatic to suit everybody.
Starting from Willow Beach on the Colorado River, spend a morning Stand Up Paddleboarding among the stunning scenery. SUPing on the famous old river is the perfect pace to really take in the stunning surroundings, and see some of the local residents, including Big Horn Sheep and Bald Eagles.
Whether you want to explore the water Scuba diving, speed things up white water rafting, or really slow them down fishing (or even ice fishing in winter), the water in Nevada is perfect.
Of course, with so many mountains, so many parks and wide open spaces, such vastly different terrain, and a full four season calendar, the opportunities in Nevada are near limitless, so listing them all is impossible. We haven’t even mentioned the mountain biking , camping, road cycling, trail running, climbing and, if it’s really your thing, golf. Nevada really is the ultimate natural adventure playground, every single day of the year.
For more information about Nevada, to plan your trip, and for your chance to win an eight day adventure to the Silver State, including return flights from London Heathrow, courtesy of America As You Like It, and a seven night stay stay in a Lakw View room at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at Lake Tahoe, visit the Experience Nevada website.