DayTrips/RoadTrips




General: First of all, let me say that there are literally dozens of very good books and websites on "hikes" and or "hiking" in and around the Las Vegas area. In spite of this, I decided to add to the fray by publishing two books of my own during 2014. One on hikes in and around Las Vegas [DIAL - Daytripping In & Around LasVegas] and another on petroglyph sites in Clark County [Nevada Rock Art]. Clicking the "References" tab above will take you to a page with some of my favorite reference books and Internet sites ... References.   When it came to categorizing the trip pages for this site, I felt that the term "hiking" was too restrictive. Wanting a category that was more inclusive, I chose the term DayTrips. In addition to locations that provide only hiking activities, this category is now able to include a much broader spectrum of activities and locations available to the millions of visitors that visit the Las Vegas area every year. Combining a DayTrip with a night of dining and gambling can not only make a vacation visit more enjoyable and rewarding - it may even save you money in the long run. Site-seeing activities can generally be divided into two basic categories; DayTrips and RoadTrips. For the purposes of this site, a RoadTrip is defined as a trip in a motor vehicle involving a minimum of one overnight stay; a DayTrip is defined as any trip that can be accomplished in a single day.

DayTrip Definition: Using a car or similar mode of public transportation, a DayTrip is a visit to any locale, destination or attraction that can be completed with a round trip from one’s point of origin in a single day. For the purpose of maintaining consistency in providing directions, mileage and other location information, I use the Stratosphere Tower on the Las Vegas Strip as a common “Point of Origin”.

Primary Activities: Each location must be a well known or publicly recognized destination or attraction such as a national or state park, historic site, building, trailhead, conservation area, wildlife refuge or off-road pull-off with vehicle accessibility and be recognized for at least one of the following Primary activities:
    • Hiking - A form of walking, undertaken with the specific purpose of exploring and enjoying the scenery. It usually takes place on trails in rural or wilderness areas.
    • Hiking/Rock-hounding - The recreational collecting of rocks and/or mineral specimens from their natural environment.
    • Hiking/Birding - The observing and identifying of wild birds and fowl in their natural habitats.
    • Hiking/Photographing - Site-seeing that involves the taking of pictures of natural elements such as landscapes, wildlife, plants, and close-ups of textures as well as man-made structures in their natural environment.
Daytrip Categories: For searching and locating DayTrips that may meet your personal interests and available time constraints, I have created two category of Indices.

The first, SECTION ONE below, contains a Daytrip & Hike Index that lists DayTrips grouped by location. As there are basically only about seven primary roads that lead away from the city of Las Vegas, I have chosen the route numbers of these roads and their general direction as the title heading for daytrips located within that specified area.

The second, SECTION TWO below, lists links to all daytrips alphabetically. Following each location title I have further indicated what I consider to be the primary activities for each trip.

RoadTrip Categories: The third, SECTION THREE below, allows you to select RoadTrips that may meet your personal interests and available time constraints. They are listed alphabetically by state. They also indicate the year the pictures were taken and the last time the page was updated. They also show whether there is an accompanying slideshow [SS].


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Urban Vegas Valley DayTrips - List of eight daytrips within Las Vegas city limits
I-15 (North) Towards Mesquite - List of seven daytrips along this stretch of road
I-15 (South) Towards Jean, Goodsprings and Sandy Valley - List of eight daytrips in this area
NV-159 Towards Red Rock Canyon - List of twelve daytrips around Red Rock Canyon NCA
NV-160 Towards Pahrump and Death Valley - List of fifteen daytrips west of Las Vegas
NV-166 Lake Mead Lakeshore Drive - List of seven stops along Lakeshore Scenic Drive
NV-167 Lake Mead Northshore Road (LMNRA) - List of eleven daytrips along Northshore Dr.
US-93 North Towards Pioche & Spring Valley - List of eleven daytrips along US-93 North
US-93 (South) Boulder City To Arizona - List of eleven daytrips along US-93 South.
US-95 (North) Towards Mt. Charleston - List of fifteen daytrips along US-95 and Mt. Charleston
US-95 (South) Towards Laughlin - List of fifteen daytrips along US-95 South Towards Laughlin


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NOTE:  The addition of the new tab "Pics By Subject" provides a consolidated alphabetical list of all the Indices and Posts that can be found on this site. These indices group similar site pages in a single index by subject. Searching this tab may help you find a particular site, place or hike easier than using this page. Each index indicates the number of hikes/pages listed in the specified index along with the date the index was last updated. Check it out ... Pics by Subject
DayTrips Listed Alphabetically
[SP] Notation indicates a Summary Page w/information about multiple visits
[RT] indicates a RoadTrip
[SS] Notation indicates that the post includes a Slide Show

Anniversary Mine (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road/Lovell Wash" below)
Anniversary Narrows (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road/Lovell Wash" below)
     
Antelope Canyon: (Though this is an overnight Road Trip, I have also listed it in this index as well)
   Antelope Canyon - Page, Arizona - Hiking-Photography
   My Antelope Canyon Composition - Lava Man - Guarder of the Canyon
     
Arizona Hot Springs (Refer to "White Rock Canyon" below)      

Arrow Canyon Wilderness Area:
   Arrow Canyon Wilderness Area [SP] [SS] - Hiking-Photography
   More Arrow Canyon Petroglyphs
   Pahranagat Wash - Upper Arrow Canyon - Hiking-Photography

Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge:
   Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge [SP] - Hiking-Birding-Photography 
    Ash Meadows NWR - 10/29/2015 Trip Notes - Hiking-Birding-Photography 
    Ash Meadows NWR - 11/06/2014 Trip Notes - Hiking-Birding-Photography    

 Ash Springs Rock Art Site (Refer to "Lincoln County Nevada" below)
                     
Beatty Nevada is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Beatty Nevada: 
                   
Bellagio's Botanical Garden Exhibits (refer to "Las Vegas & Places" category below)

Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway Road  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes off and around Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway: 
  Black Canyon Petroglyph Site (Refer to "Lincoln County Nevada" below)
  Bonanza Trail Hike (Refer to "Cold Creek" below)        
           
Boulder City is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following places of interest in and around Boulder City: 

Boulder City Hikes  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Boulder City: 

Bowl of Fire (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road" below)
Buffington Pockets (Refer to "Bitter Spring Backcountry Byway Road" above)

Cathedral Gorge State Park (Summary Page)  [SP]-[SS] - Hiking-Birding-Photography
Cathedral Gorge State Park - Trip Notes for 10/18/2017 Hiking-Birding-Photography
                     
Cathedral Rock Hike at Mt. Charleston - Hiking-Birding-Photography
Caliente, Nevada - Photography

Calico Basin/Red Spring  (Refer to "Red Rock Canyon" below)
Callville Bay (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road" below)

Cherum Peak Hike in Cerbat Mts - Hiking-Rock hounding-Birding-Photography

China Ranch Date Farm:
   China Ranch/Date Farm- Summary Page - [SP] - Hiking-Birding-Photography
   China Ranch/Date Farm - Trip Notes for 02/28/2018  - Hiking-Birding-Photography
   China Ranch/Date Farm - Trip Notes for 05/20/2015 - Hiking-Birding-Photography

Christmas Pass Road  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes off and around Christmas Tree Pass Road:

Chloride Arizona - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography

Cities & Towns: Each cities and towns below are a link to an index of posts to places of interest or hikes for each one: 

Clark County Wetlands Park (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)

Cold Creek Nevada is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Cold Creek Nevada: 
 Container Park - (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
 Cottonwood Cove -  (refer to "Searchlight" category below)

Cottonwood Valley and Mountain Springs is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Cottonwood Valley and Mountain Springs: 
 Crescent Peak Mine (Refer to "Searchlight" below)
Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park (Go to  "Laughlin Nevada" below)
Container Park in Downtown (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
Crystal Wash Rock Art Site (Refer to "Lincoln County Nevada" below
Davis Dam (Go to  "Laughlin Nevada" below)

Death Valley is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Death Valley:
Desert National Wildllife Range is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and the Desert National Wildlife Range:
Delamar Ghost Town - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
Delamar Ghost Town - Summary Page - [SP] 
Duck Creek Trail - Hiking-Birding-Photography
                     
Eldorado Valley and Eldorado Canyon is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Eldorado Valley/Canyon:    
Floyd Lamb Park & TUSK:
    Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs [SS] [SP] - Hiking-Birding-Photography 
    Floyd Lamb Park - Trip Notes for 02/12/2018 Hiking-Birding-Photography 
    Floyd Lamb Park - Trip Notes for 02/09/2016 Hiking-Birding-Photography 
    Floyd Lamb Park - Trip Notes for 05/28/2015 Hiking-Birding-Photography 
       Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (TUSK) - Summary Page
       Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument - Trip Notes for 10/30/2012 Hiking-Photography 

Goldwell Open Air Museum
             
Gold Butte National Monument is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Gold Butte National Monument:
Goldstrike Canyon and Nevada Hot Springs Hiking-Photography
   
Goodsprings Town, Mines & Mining District is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Goodsprings:
Grand Canyon Skywalk - Photography
     
Grapevine Canyon (Refer to "Christmas Tree Pass Road" above
Gypsum Cave (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road" below)
Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve  (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
Highland Range Crucial Bighorn Habatat (Refer to "Eldorado Canyon" above)
High Roller at the Linq (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
      
Hiko Spring Rock Art Site:
   Hiko Spring (upper) Rock Art Site - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
   Hiko Spring (lower) Rock Art Site
             
Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail [SS] - Hiking-Photography
Hoover Dam [SS] - [SP] Photography
Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System - Reference Page
Ireteba Peaks Wilderness Area - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
 
Joshua Tree Wilderness Area (Refer to "Searchlight" below)

Kershaw-Ryan State Park  - [RT] - Hiking-Birding-Photography
     
Keyhole Canyon (Refer to "Eldorado Valley" above

Kingman Arizona - Summary Page Hiking-Birding-Photography
Kyle Canyon Campground - [RT]
Kyle Canyon Slots at Mt. Charleston
                  
Lake Mead Northshore Road (LMNRA) is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Lake Mead Northshore Road:
Lake Mead Lakeshore Drive is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Lake Mead Lakeshore Drive:
Late Night Trailhead - RRNCA (Refer to "Cottonwood Valley" above)

Las Vegas Places of Interest is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Las Vegas:
Las Vegas Springs Preserve
   Las Vegas Springs Preserve [SS] - Hiking-Photography-Birding
     Springs Preserve - Spring Flora Blossoms Hiking-Photography-Birding     
     Springs Preserve - Butterflies  Hiking-Photography-Birding
   Butterfly Habitat at Springs Preserve Hiking-Photography-Birding
                      
Las Vegas Wash 
 is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Las Vegas Wash:
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort Hiking-Photography            

Laughlin Nevada is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Laughlin Nevada:

Laughlin - Summary
Lava Butte & Rainbow Gardens (Refer to "Lake Mead North Shore Road" above)
 Liberty Bell Arch (Refer to "White Rock Canyon" below)
               
Lincoln County NV -  Petroglyphs (Hyway 93) 
   Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge - Birding-Photography
      Black Canyon Petroglyphs at PNWR [SP] -
      Black Canyon Petroglyph Site (Visit One) - Hiking-Birding-Photography
      Black Canyon Petroglyph Site (Visit Two) - Hiking-Birding-Photography
   Crystal Wash Rock Art Site - Summary [SS [SP] - Hiking-Photography
      Crystal Wash Rock Art - Main Site Hiking-Photography
      Crystal Wash Rock Art - Entrance Site Hiking-Photography
   Ash Springs Rock Art Site
 [SS] - Hiking-Photography   
    Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site  [SS- Hiking-Photography
   Mt. Irish Archaeological District [SP] -      Echo Rock - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography
     Paiute Rock - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography
     Shaman Knob - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography
     Shaman Hill - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography
 White River Narrows Archaeological District - Hiking-Birding-Photography


Logandale Trails Recreation Area [SS] Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
                      
Lost City Museum (Refer to "Lake Mead Northshore Road" above)
Lost Creek Falls Trail (Refer to "Red Rock Canyon" below)
        
Lovell Canyon Road & Spring Mountains is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Las Vegas Wash:
                                 
Lovell Wash (Refer to "Lake Mead Northshore Road" above)

Mike O'Callihan/Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge [SS] - Photography

Mountain Springs Saloon - Photography & Drinking

Mount Potosi (Refer to "Cottonwood Valley and Mountain Springs Pass" above)

Mt Potosi Canyon Road (Refer to "Cottonwood Valley and Mountain Springs Pass" above)
                     
Mount Charleston is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Mount Charleston:
      Searchlight Nevada & Nipton California  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Searchlight and Nipton:

      Nelson's Landing [SS] - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
              

      Neon Museum & Boneyard  (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
      ᐅ Nevada Mines (Go to Photos by Subject) tab and section (5) Mining Districts, Mines ... )


      Spanish Trail - Armijo Route [SS] - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography
              

      ᐅ Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge (Refer to "Lincoln County Nevada" above)      

      Paiute Pow Wows:
         Paiute Pow Wows - Summary Page [SP]  

         28th Annual Snow Mountain Pow Wow - Photography
         22nd Annual Snow Mountain Pow Wow - Photography
         22nd Annual Southern Paiute Veterans Pow Wow - Photography

      Pahrump, NV
         Pahrump Museum - Photography
         Sanders Family Winery - Photography
         Pahrump Valley Winery
       - Photography 

      Petroglyph/Pictrograph Sites: (Clicking here will take you to an INDEX listing all of the sites I've visited)


      Index Category for Petroglyphs and Pictographs                     
      Pierce Ferry and South Cove- Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
      Pioneer Saloon - Photography     
      Pittman Wash - Summary Page [SS] - Hiking-Birding-Photography
      Rainbow Canyon Scenic Drive - Hiking-Rock hounding-Photography


      Red Rock Canyon Hikes  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Red Rock Canyon:
      Rhyolite Nevada (refer to "Beatty Nevada and Surrounding Area" category above)
      Roy Purcell Murals at Chloride Arizona [SS] - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography       

      Sandy Valley Road  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes around Sandy Valley Road:
      Searchlight Nevada & Nipton California is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Searchlight and Nipton:

      Southern Nevada (Spokane) Mine Hiking-Photography
       Shooting Gallery Rock Art Site (Refer to "Lincoln County NV" above)
                            
      Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area:
         Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area [SP] -
         Previous Visits to Sloan Canyon - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography

         Petroglyphs at Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area 
         Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

      Snow Canyon State Park - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography      

      Snow Mountain Paiute PowWow - Photography
      Snow Mountain 22nd Annual Powwow [SS] - Photography
      South Cove & Pierce Ferry - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography


      Spirit Mountain (Refer to Christmas Tree Pass Road above)
       Spring Mountain Ranch State Park (Refer to "Cottonwood Valley and Spring Mt Pass Area")  


      Spring Valley State Park (Roadtrip) - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography


      Sunset Park  (refer to "Las Vegas Area & Places" category below)
       Techatticup Mining Camp (refer to "Eldorado Canyon" category above)  

       Techatticup Mine Tour (refer to "Eldorado Canyon" category above)        

      Tule Springs Fossil National Monument  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around the Tule Springs Fossil National Monument:
                           
      Valley of Fire State Park Hikes  is also an index page under the tab "Pics by Subj" with links to the following hikes in and around Valley of Fire State Park: 
      Walking Box Ranch (Refer to "Searchlight" above)
       Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness Area (Refer to "NSearchlight" above)

      Weiser Ridge and Quarry [SS] - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
                           

      Wheeler Pass
         Wheeler Pass Road [SP] -Hiking-Rock Hounding-Birding-Photography   
         Wheeler Pass via Pahrump [SS] - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Birding-Photography
         Wheeler Pass via Cold Creek [SS] - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Birding-Photography
         Side Trips Along Wheeler Pass Road - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Birding-Photography
                          
      White Rock Canyon (Arizona)
         Liberty Bell Arch - Hiking-Rock Hounding-Photography
         Arizona Hot Springs [SS] - Hiking-Rock-hounding-Photography
                              
      Yellow Plug Rock Art Site - Hiking-Photography


      Yucca Peak Fossil Beds (Refer to "Desert National Wildlife Range" above)





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      RoadTrips Listed Alphabetically


      This section lists postings that contain travelogue-like narratives of RoadTrips with pictures and slideshows taken over the past 13 years. Some are presented using a multiple picture format, others use multiple page PDF collages. In December of 2009 I publishing a book titled, "Our Retirement Journey - A Travelogue", that I made as a Christmas gift for close friends and family members. The book can be purchased on Lulu.com. It can be previewed using the link … Our Retirement Journey - A Travelogue. After I started hiking in late 2010 and gathering more pictures, I decided to create this site, "Ken's Photo Gallery", to showcase my hikes, trips and photos. The goal is to eventually convert each of the RoadTrip "PDF" postings below into regular day-trip page with detailed trip locations and descriptions, full-sized pictures and accompanying Slideshows. As of now I have only completed about half of these conversions.

      RoadTrip Categories: For the purpose of providing an index, I have attempted to organize each roadtrip first by state, then by Classification Type, then alphabetically by the page title. This is followed by the year the pictures were taken and the last time the page was updated. Lastly it lists the classification and whether there is an accompanying slideshow [SS]. 

      ARIZONA:
                  Antelope Canyon - Page, Arizona - 2009 - 12/12/17 - Photography
                        Grand Canyon National Park - North Rim - 2009 - 12/12/17  [SS] - Hiking-Photography
                        Grand Canyon Railway - 2009 - 12/12/17  [SS] Photography
                        Grand Canyon National Park - South Rim - 2009 - 12/12/17  [SS] Photography
                        Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument - PDF - 2010 - 12/12/17  [SS] - Photography
                        Wupatki National Monument - 2009 - 12/12/2017 [SS] - Hiking-Photography
                
                   PDF - Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, AZ - 2009
                   PDF - Walnut Canyon National Park, AZ - 2009
                   PDF - Sedona, AZ - 2009
                   PDF - Oatman, AZ - 2008
                   PDF - Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ - 2008
                   PDF - London Bridge - Lake Havasu, AZ - 2008 (Broken Link)
                   PDF - Kingman, AZ - 2005 (Broken Link)
                   PDF - Petrified Forest National Park, AZ - 2003
       
      COLORADO:
                   PDF - Silverton, Colorado - 2010


      NEVADA:
                   Pyramid Lake - Nixon, NV - 2006
                   Rainbow Canyon Scenic Drive - 2012
                   Spring Valley State Park: Pioche - 2012
                        Spring Valley State Park - 2012
                        Pioche NV - Summary Visit Page - 2012 (Updated 2016)
                        Caliente Nevada - 2012
                        Rainbow Canyon Scenic Drive - 2012
                   Tonopah Nevada- 2013
                        Historic Mitzpah Hotel - 2013
                        Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Plant - 2013
                        Arthur Raycraft House - 2013
                   Laughlin Nevada - Visits to the Avi & Harrah's Resorts - 2011
                   Reno Nevada - Visit to Bonnie & Paul - 2011

      NEW MEXICO:
                   Albuquerque, NM - Anatomy of a Balloon Ride - 2009 - 8/20/2017 [SS] - Photography
                   Albuquerque, NM - 2009 Balloon Festival - 2009 - 8/20/2017 [SS] - Photography
                   Petroglyph National Monument - 2003 - 8/20/2017 [SS] - Hiking-Photography


      UTAH:
                   Zion National Park - 2009  [SS] - Hiking-Photography
                   Bryce Canyon National Park: Bryce Canyon - 2009
                   Red Canyon: Dixie National Forest - 2009 
                   PDF - Roadtrip - Grand Staircase & Scenic Route 12, UT - 2009