There are a lot of day trips that anybody can take while in Vegas. There’s the Grand Canyon, which is about 4 hours away from the strip. There’s the Hoover Dam, which is about 45 minutes away. There’s Zion National Park, about 2 and a half hours away, Valley of Fire, about 50 minutes away, Bryce Canyon National Park, about 4 hours away, Death Valley National Park, about 2 hours away, Lake Mead National Recreation Area, and the Red Rock Canyon.
Since I wasn’t in Vegas for that long, I didn’t have enough time to check out all of those national parks, so I went to the park that was closest to the strip. I went to the Red Rock Canyon, which was only about half an hour away, and it truly lived up to it’s name. The canyon was extremely red haha! The canyon is meant to be a scenic drive. Once you enter the canyon, you do a loop around the canyon and stop at different points to truly take in as much as possible that the canyon has to offer. You could hike the whole time, although I didn’t do much hiking. There are many great parts of the canyon that have great views and are wonderful for taking pictures. When you’re in the canyon, you’re basically surrounded by giant red rocks and it was something that was new for me because I’ve never been to a canyon before. Las Vegas and the whole south western portion of the United States is truly a desert.