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State Parks Near Las Vegas Offer a Great Day of Outdoor Activity

There’s plenty of outdoor recreation in Nevada in light of  the U.S. government shutdown.

Even with the temporary, partial closure of the U.S. Government and unknown opening dates of many popular national parks in Nevada, there are still plenty of great state and local parks and attractions to enjoy. Here’s a list of some family friendly options to enjoy in our area.

Mount Charleston Recreation Area

The Reosrt on Mount Charleston HotelLocated in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, enjoy a drive up to the tree-lined streets and campgrounds of Mount Charleston. Charleston Peak reaches 11,900 feet with local vegetation including pinion pine and juniper trees. With an eagle eye, you may even spot Rocky Mountain Elk, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Mule Deer, and more. Enjoy lunch at the Mt. Charleston Lodge or The Resort on Mount Charleston Hotel!

The Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

This unique location was the home to the first permanent non-native settlers to the area in 1855 along the Las Vegas Creek. Here you can see the remnants of the original adobe fort with interpretive displays. A thorough visitor center provides the history of the site and artifacts.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Although Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is closed, Spring Mountain State park, just outside is still open for business! Sitting on more than 520 acres, with dramatic view of Red Rock Canyon, the ranch was once home to celebrities including Chester Lauck or the comedy team “Lum & Abner”, German actress Vera Krupp, and millionaire Howard Hughes.

Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of FireValley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and was dedicated in 1935. Enjoy spectacular hikes with ancient tree petrified wood and Indian petroglyphs dating back 3,000 years! The park is open to camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. Stop by the visitor center for maps and souvenirs.

Floyd Lamb Park

Spread over 2,000 acres, just north of the city, Floyd Lamb Park provides tree-shaded groves along four small fishing lakes. Enjoy a quiet picnic and keep an eye out for native desert wildlife and vegetation. It’s not uncommon to see ducks, geese, chickens and peacocks here!

Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve

A few miles southeast of the city, in Henderson, the Bird Viewing Preserve is home to thousands of waterfowl and resident desert birds. For the bird enthusiast, this is a great place to relax and set up bird watching. Nine ponds are available for birding surrounded by paved and dirt paths. Binoculars are available for rent, or bring your own! Enjoy your day in more than 140 acres of land.

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