Spring will soon be in full bloom. Check off your Nevada spring bucket list with the help of wildflower-filled hikes, stand-up paddleboarding and scenic strolls with your furry friends.
Las Vegas Hiking Tours
Spring is the best time to connect with nature, and with the help of a guided hiking tour, guests can be immersed in the springtime setting like never before. Like something out of a postcard, the stunning scenery available to explore is otherworldly. Whether you want to explore the Valley of Fire or the beautiful banks of Lake Mead, Las Vegas hiking tours will soon become a necessity on your Nevada spring bucket list. At one of the many National Parks just an hour from the Las Vegas Strip, guests can get some exercise in the fresh air while rediscovering their surroundings. No matter your experience level, these family-friendly hikes will help you take in the great outdoors while learning about what makes Nevada’s landscape so unique. There will also be more than enough opportunities to snag some Instagram-worthy photos with colorful rock formations, blooming wildflowers and even a secret elephant-shaped stone that’s sure to make a statement. Hikes begin at $119 per person and will be held throughout the spring for four- to eight-hour excursions, depending on difficulty level. For more information, visit hikinginvegas.com.
Emerald Cave Kayak Tours
If you’ve yet to experience the beautiful Black Canyon firsthand, be sure to begin your Nevada spring bucket list with a kayaking adventure. Guests will start their journey with a scenic shuttle ride from the Mandalay Bay Hotel to Black Canyon. Upon arrival, guests will be greeted by seafoam blue water and sunny skies before embarking on an upstream voyage through glistening Nevada caves. Even if you’re inexperienced, a U.S. National Kayak champion will be your guide to an awe-inspiring day of kayaking. While drifting down the Colorado River, there will be no shortage of springtime scenery and desert wildlife. From grazing big horn sheep and sweeping bald eagles to adorable turtles, Emerald Cave Kayak Tours will expose you to the wonders of Nevada’s fauna and flora. This experience is available for $119 per person and includes healthy snacks, water, a complimentary shuttle service, a life vest and a single or double kayak. For more information, visit lvckc.com.
Wild West Sunset Horseback Rides
Sunsets are the most beautiful in the spring, and the only thing that can take the visual pleasure to another level is watching the sky transform into a watercolor painting while chasing the sun on the back of a horse. Straight out of an old western movie scene, Wild West’s sunset horseback rides are the perfect way to explore the local landscape while having some fun in the sun this spring. The tours are led by a professional wrangler, so once you saddle up, there’s no doubt that you’ll be feeling confident while gazing out over the desert scenery. Plus, Wild West’s sunset horseback rides are made even more memorable with a delectable dinner to conclude the evening in a tasty way. Tickets start at $116 per person. For more information, visit wildwesthorsebackadventures.com.
Paddleboarding at Sand Harbor State Park
Beginning on March 1, Clearly Tahoe’s watersport rentals will once again help guests explore the stunning Sand Harbor Nevada State Park. Stand-up paddleboarding is one of the most exciting ways to travel and is becoming an increasingly popular outdoor activity. To find out what all the hype is about, take to the crystal-clear waters of Lake Tahoe for a sunrise or sunset ride. Or, if you’re looking for another immersive way to experience the natural wonders of Nevada, Clearly Tahoe also offers guided kayak tours in completely transparent vessels. These special kayaks will wow you no matter what time of the day, but for an even more magical memory, be sure to look into the LED night-kayaking experience to do some springtime stargazing. For more information, visit clearlytahoe.com.
Take a Stroll Along the Riverwalk District
There’s never a bad time to visit Reno’s Riverwalk District, but when spring is in the air, the scenic area becomes full of fresh blooms and outdoor activities. Whether you’re looking to do some spring shopping or enjoy an open-air dining experience overlooking the Truckee River, there’s something for everyone. Plus, since the Riverwalk District is dog-friendly, get steps in with your furry friend while taking in the sights of spring. Or, if you’re seeking a nightlife adventure, an exciting way to explore the downtown area is by taking a wine walk tour. On the third Saturday of every month throughout spring, the small businesses of Reno’s Riverwalk District host a wine walk that makes shopping even more fun. For more information, visit renoriver.org.