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  • Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park

In this below-sea-level basin, steady drought and record summer heat make Death Valley a land of extremes. Yet, each extreme has a striking contrast. Towering peaks are frosted with winter snow. Rare rainstorms bring vast fields of wildflowers. Lush oases harbor tiny fish and refuge for wildlife and humans. Despite its morbid name, a great diversity of life survives in Death Valley. 139 miles (223 km) from Las Vegas

  • Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures. 160 miles (258 km) from Las Vegas

  • Mojave National Preserve

Mojave National Preserve

Singing sand dunes, volcanic cinder cones, Joshua tree forests, and carpets of wildflowers are all found at this 1.6 million-acre park. A visit to its canyons, mountains and mesas will reveal long-abandoned mines, homesteads, and rock-walled military outposts. Located between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Mojave provides serenity and solitude from major metropolitan areas.
96 miles (154 km) from Las Vegas

  • Pipe Spring National Monument

Pipe Spring National Monument

American Indians, Mormon ranchers, plants, animals, and many others have depended on the life-giving water found at Pipe Spring. Learn about pioneer and Kaibab Paiute life by exploring the museum, historic fort and cabins, garden, orchard, and Ridge Trail. Visit with rangers and ranch animals, and attend living history demonstrations and talks. 179 miles (288 km) from Las Vegas

  • Castle Mountains National Monument

Castle Mountains National Monument

Castle Mountains represents some of the most unique elements of the Mojave Desert. Nestled between the Nevada state line and Mojave National Preserve, the nearly 21,000 acres of Castle Mountains boasts Joshua tree forests, unbroken natural landscapes, rare desert grasslands and rich human history. This intriguing area provides serenity and solitude from nearby metropolitan areas. 75 miles (120 km) from Las Vegas

  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park's nine wilderness areas. 21 miles (33 km) from Las Vegas

  • Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park

There is no place like Bryce Canyon. Hoodoos (odd-shaped pillars of rock left standing from the forces of erosion) can be found on every continent, but here is the largest collection of hoodoos in the world. Descriptions fail. Cave without a roof? Forest of stone? Photographs do not do it justice. An imagination of wonder will serve you when visiting Bryce Canyon National Park. Journey along the canyon's many trails. 258 miles (415 km) from Las Vegas

  • Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

Cesar E. Chavez National Monument

¡Si, Se Puede! Yes we can! Widely recognized as the most important Latino leader in the United States during the twentieth century, César E. Chávez led farm workers and supporters in the establishment of the country's first permanent agricultural union. Explore his legacy in the memorial garden and visitor center. 257 miles (413 km) from Las Vegas

  • Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mojave and the Colorado, come together at Joshua Tree National Park. A fascinating variety of plants and animals make their homes in a land sculpted by strong winds and occasional torrents of rain. Dark night skies, a rich cultural history and surreal geologic features add to the wonder of this vast wilderness in Southern California. The desert provides space for self-discovery, and can be a refuge for the human spirit. 222 miles (357 km) from Las Vegas

  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument

Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument is where ancient life meets neon lights. The desert badlands hold an impressive assemblage of ice age fossils, including mammoths, lions and camels. Although most fossils lie deep beneath the surface, visitors can hike throughout the park to explore the fossil sediments that were formed as far back as 250,000 years ago. 18 miles (29 km) from Las Vegas

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