12 national state parks near grand canyon las vegas driving distance

12 More National & State Parks Within Driving Distance of Las Vegas

When you arrive in Las Vegas, the sheer amount of things you can do can be overwhelming. There’s a smorgasbord of exciting exhibits, events, and activities to see and do in the city and the surrounding area, but if you’re looking for a more calming experience—perhaps a quiet day spent in nature, hiking the trails, kayaking along the water, or exploring historical sites—there are several options close, by both in- and outside the city.

Las Vegas is within easy driving distance of a number of iconic state and national monuments, making it a great homebase for your southwest explorations. Starting with the closest spots, here are 12 of the most popular historic sites, conservation areas, national and state parks that you can reach from Las Vegas.

(Note: Travel times are conservative estimates, and do not account for traffic delays or any construction you may encounter.)

1. Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is the historical site of a Mormon settlement founded in 1855—the first enduring site of its kind in the area. At this State Historic Park, you will find:

  • A reconstructed version of the original fort
  • Museum that contains historical artifacts, photographs, and exhibits
  • Visitor center
  • Rotating calendar of fun events

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Downtown Las Vegas, NV$3 USD for museum admission,
Free for children under 12
Tuesday-Saturday, 8 AM-4:30 PM (closed Sunday & Monday)No pets or bikes allowed.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~10 min; 6 miles /10 km.
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~2 hrs; 120 miles/ 193km.
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~4 ½ hrs; 280 miles/ 451 km.
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~4 ½ hrs; 264 miles/ 426 km.

LEARN MORE ABOUT OLD LAS VEGAS MORMON FORT STATE HISTORIC PARK

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2. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon is a conservation area best known for its large, red sandstone formations. Visible from the Strip, it is one of the easiest national treasures to access while staying in Las Vegas. At this National Conservation Area, you will find:

  • The famous Scenic Drive, a 13 mile drive or bike ride through the conservation area, with stops at the most iconic viewpoints
  • Designated trails to hike and bike along
  • Visitor center
  • Rock climbing
  • Camping

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Clark County, NVVisitor center:
Daily 8:00 AM-4:30 PM
Scenic drive:
November-February 6:00 AM-5:00 PM
March 6:00 AM-7:00 PM
April-September 6:00 AM-8:00 PM
October: 6:00 AM-7:00 PM
$5-15 USD per vehicleDrivers traveling off designated roads are subject to fines.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~31 min; 17 miles / 27 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~3 hrs; 207 miles/ 333 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~4 hrs; 297 miles/ 478 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~5 hrs; 284 miles/ 457 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA

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spring mountain ranch state park

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3. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Just a quick jaunt from Red Rock Canyon, State Mountain Ranch State Park is a historically significant area that boasts some of the oldest buildings in Nevada. At this historical site, you will find:

  • Self-guided tours of the Ranch and other buildings
  • Living history programs
  • Super Summer Theater performances
  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic area

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Blue Diamond, NVJune, July & August: 8 AM-8 PM
September: 8 PM-7 PM
October: 8 AM-6 PM
November, December, January & February: 8 AM- 4:30 PM
March & April: 8 AM-6 PM
May: 8 AM-7 PM
$2-10 USD per vehicle (including bikes)No climbing trees—the trees are more than 400 years old.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~32 min; 22 miles / 35 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~3 hrs; 142 miles/ 228 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~5 hrs; 295 miles/ 475 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~5 hrs; 288 miles/ 464 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT SPRING MOUNTAIN RANCH STATE PARK

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4. Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA)

Lake Mead began to take formation in 1935, just a short time before the completion of the Hoover Dam. Over the years, the area was expanded to incorporate Lake Mohave and the surrounding land. Lake Mead NRA was the first of its kind, designated a National Recreation Area in 1964. Upon arrival at Lake Mead NRA, you will find:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Joshua trees
  • Slot canyons, coves, caves, and hot springs to explore
  • Boating, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, swimming & fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking trails—including the Historic Railroad Trail
  • Overton Arm—a portion of Lake Mead that has a large number of Bald Eagles (for any bird watchers that might be among you.)
  • Boulder Beach
  • Hoover Dam

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Boulder City, NVPark: 24/7
Visitor Center 9 AM-4:30 PM daily
$15-25 USD per vehicle (depending on type)Three of the four desert ecosystems in the U.S.A.—the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin Desert, and the Sonoran Desert—all meet in Lake Mead NRA.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~38 min; 31.5 miles / 51 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~2 hrs; 93.5 miles / 150 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~4 hrs; 247 miles / 398 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~5 1/2 hrs; 295 miles / 475 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA (NRA)

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5. Valley of Fire State Park

The Valley of Fire State Park is Nevada’s oldest state park. The park is best known for its “40,000 acres of bright red Aztec sandstone outcrops nestled in gray and tan limestone”, but that’s not all—in addition to the gorgeous red sandstone formations, you will find:

  • Visitors center, including exhibits and souvenir shop
  • Campsites
  • Hiking trails
  • An Annual Atlatl Competition held near the end of March, as well as atlatl (ancient spear-throwing tool) demonstrations
  • Historical sites, artifacts, fossils, petrified ancient trees & petroglyphs
  • Rock climbing (limited to specific areas of the park)

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
South of Overton, NVDaily from sunrise to sunset$10 USD per vehicle, $20 per nightThe use of drones or any remote controlled aircraft is prohibited.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
1 1/2 hrs; 56 miles / 91 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~3 hrs; 156 miles / 251 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~45 hrs; 309 miles / 497 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~4 1/2 hrs; 239 miles / 385 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT VALLEY OF FIRE STATE PARK

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gunlock state park

Image credit: Utah State Parks

6. Gunlock State Park

Gunlock State Park is a relatively small park located near the Gunlock community. Both locations are named for William “Gunlock Will” Hamblin, the first settler in the area. At this state park, you will find:

  • Waterfalls
  • Boating, fishing, and swimming
  • Primitive campground and picnic area

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Gunlock, UTDaily from 7 AM-8 PM$10 USD for day-use, including watercraft launches
$5 USD per day for Seniors 62+
It is a “primitive campground”—vault toilets, no potable water.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 hrs; 124 miles / 200 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~4 hrs; 246 miles / 396 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~5 1/2 hrs; 291 miles / 468 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~3 1/2 hrs; 165 miles / 265 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT GUNLOCK STATE PARK

7. Snow Canyon State Park

Rather than the type of precipitation one might expect in Utah, Snow Canyon State Park actually gets its name from Lorenzo and Erastus Snow, two prominent community leaders and Mormon settlers. Made up of cinder cones, lava tubes, lava flows, and sand dunes, Snow Canyon State boasts some majestic views, as well as:

  • Hiking trails
  • Picnic areas
  • Day use areas
  • Campground
  • Restrooms with showers

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Irvins, UTDaily from 6 AM-10 PM$10 USD per vehicle (up to eight people)
$5 USD per vehicle Seniors 62+ (Utah residents with UT driver’s license)
$5 USD pedestrian/cyclists (up to eight people)
This year is Snow Canyon State Park’s 60th anniversary!

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 hrs; 132 miles / 212 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~4 hrs; 254 miles / 409 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~5 hrs; 282 miles / 454 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~3 hrs; 156 miles / 251 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT SNOW CANYON STATE PARK

Image credit: Utah State Parks

8. Quail Creek State Park

Quail Creek opened to the public as a State Park in 1986. It is home to a 600-acre reservoir and two dams, as well as:

  • Biking and hiking trails
  • Camping
  • Boating, swimming, and fishing
  • Slalom ski course in winter

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Hurricane, UTDaily from 6 AM-10 PM$10 USD per vehicle (up to eight people)
$5 USD per vehicle Seniors 62+ (Utah residents with UT driver’s license)

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 hrs; 137 miles / 220 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~4 hrs; 258 miles / 415 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~4 hrs; 264 miles / 425 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~3 hrs; 138 miles / 222 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT QUAIL CREEK STATE PARK

Image credit: Utah State Parks

9. Sand Hollow State Park

Sand Hollow State Park is one of Utah’s newest parks, dedicated in 2003. It is a 20,000-acre park, featuring amenities such as:

  • Biking, hiking, and equestrian trails
  • Boating
  • Multiple campgrounds
  • Sand Mountain—an off-highway vehicle (OHV)/ATV recreation area

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Hurricane, UTApril-September: Daily from 6 AM-10 PM
October-March: Daily from 7 AM-9 PM
Day Use: $15 USD per vehicle (up to 8 people)
Senior Day Use: $10 USD Seniors 62+ per vehicle (up to 8 people)
Walk In: $5 USD per person

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 hrs; 137 miles / 220 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~4 hrs; 259 miles / 417 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~5 hrs; 263 miles / 423 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~3 hrs; 138 miles / 222 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK

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10. Lake Havasu State Park

Lake Havasu State Park was acquired in 1965. Thanks to its mild winters, it is a year-round attraction that offers:

  • Boat rentals
  • Beaches
  • Campgrounds
  • Picnic area
  • Arroyo-Camino Interpretive Garden
  • Wildlife viewing at two Wildlife Refuges
  • Lake Havasu Museum of History

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Lake Havasu City, AZApril-September: Daily from 6 AM-10 PM
October-March: Daily from 7 AM-9 PM
Friday-Sunday + Holidays: $20 USD per vehicle (up to 4 people)
Monday-Thursday: $15 USD
Individual/Bicycle: $3 USD per person
Fireworks are prohibited.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 1/2 hrs; 153 miles / 246 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~2 1/2 hrs; 129 miles / 208 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~3 1/2 hrs; 231 miles / 372 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~7 hrs; 413 miles / 665 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAKE HAVASU STATE PARK

zion national park panorama

11. Zion National Park

Originally proclaimed Mukuntuweap National Monument in 1909, then renamed “Zion” in 1917 and finally designated a National Park in 1919, Zion is Utah’s first National Park. It has thousands of species of flora, hundreds of different types of fauna, and 250 million years of geological history. In addition to this, it also offers:

  • Horseback riding tours
  • Hiking and biking trails
  • Birding
  • Canyoneering
  • Junior Ranger Program and other Ranger-led activities
  • River trips
  • Stargazing
  • Kolob Canyons
  • Human History Museum

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Near Springdale, UT24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Visitor Center: 8 AM-7 PM, closed on December 25
Private Vehicle: $35 USD. Valid for 7 days.
Motorcycle: $30 USD. Valid for 7 days.
Per Person: $20 USD. Valid for 7 days.
Cell service is generally available at park entrances but becomes patchy in the interior where there are large areas of no cell service.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~3 hrs; 164 miles / 264 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~5 hrs; 286 miles / 460 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~5 hrs; 249 miles / 401 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~3 hrs; 122 miles / 196 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT ZION NATIONAL PARK

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Image credit: Nevada State Parks

12. Kershaw-Ryan State Park

Kershaw-Ryan State Park was established in 1926 after being donated by rancher James Ryan, where the latter part of the name comes from. “Kershaw” comes from the original 1873 settlers, Samuel and Hannah Kershaw. Here you’ll find:

  • Camping
  • Hiking trails
  • Horseshoe throwing
  • Volleyball area
  • Bird watching
  • Wading pond

Fast facts

Location
Hours
Entrance fees
Additional info
Caliente, NV8 AM-sunset daily$5 USD per vehicleThere is no lifeguard on duty.

Distance

Distance from Las Vegas Strip
~2 1/2 hrs; 158 miles / 254 km
Distance from Grand Canyon West
~4 1/2 hrs; 279 miles / 449 km
Distance from Grand Canyon Village (South Rim)
~6 1/2 hrs; 432 miles / 695 km
Distance from North Rim Visitor Center
~5 hrs; 259 miles / 417 km

LEARN MORE ABOUT KERSHAW-RYAN STATE PARK

Conclusion

If you’re looking for an escape from the Las Vegas action, check out these 12 historic sites, conservation areas, and national and state parks:

  1. Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park
  2. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  3. Spring Mountain Ranch State Park
  4. Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA)
  5. Valley of Fire State Park
  6. Gunlock State Park
  7. Snow Canyon State Park
  8. Quail Creek State Park
  9. Sand Hollow State Park
  10. Lake Havasu State Park
  11. Zion National Park
  12. Kershaw-Ryan State Park

With all of these destinations less than 3 hours away from the Las Vegas Strip, you and your friends or family can enjoy some relaxing time outside of the 24/7 energy Sin City boasts.