Filled with charming towns, incredible natural wonders, breathtaking mountain ranges and endless rugged terrain, Nevada is the ultimate destination for a road trip adventure! Whether you’re passing through, staying a while or making it your base, there are endless things to see, do and discover in The Silver State. From wide open roads to less-travelled paths, star-filled skies and never ending desert plains, Nevada promises something new and exciting around every bend. There’s truly never been a better time to pack up the car, grab your camera and embark on a fun-filled road-trip around America’s most extreme state!

FROM LAS VEGAS

Cathedral Gorge State Park

Just 2.5-hours north of Las Vegas, the beautiful Cathedral Gorge State Park promises a variety of outdoor activities and breathtaking scenery – perfect for those holiday photo ops! Located along Route 93, the 2,000-acre geological preserve is just off the main drag, offering a scenic detour to break up a long drive, or a tranquil spot to bunk down for a night of desert camping fun! Whether passing through or staying the night, the otherworldly rock formations and rugged landscapes are a truly unique sight, and the various hiking trails and rock caves leave plenty to be discovered for those adventurous souls.

Valley of Fire State Park

Just under an hour from Las Vegas, yet miles from the hustle and bustle, sits the bright aztec sandstone outcrops and ancient rock carvings of Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Spanning over 35,000 acres and boasting numerous hiking trails, scenic lookouts and an impressive show of wildflowers in the spring, the Valley of Fire State Park is a must-visit any time of the year. Take a scenic drive, embark on an outdoor hiking adventure, or kick back and enjoy a relaxing picnic under the glittering outback sky – it’s an outdoor lover’s dream!

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Encompassing more than 195,000 acres within the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a natural hidden gem just outside Las Vegas. Home to native American rock carvings, over 26 hiking trails and a maze of intricate peaks, ledges, chimneys and chutes, there is a new surprise around every corner. Explore the highs and lows of the canyon on the 21-kilometre scenic drive, or opt for two wheels and get the blood pumping with a bike ride. Adventure buffs can take on a challenging hike, whilst adrenaline junkies can test their rock climbing skills. For those wanting something a little less strenuous, a bushwalk learning all about the native flora and fauna is ideal, followed by a dip in one of the many waterfalls to cool off.

FROM RENO

Black Rock Desert - High Rock NCA

Famous for hosting the annual week-long eccentric festival Burning Man, the 640,000 acres of Black Rock Desert remains largely uninhabited for the remainder of the year. Located three and a half hours drive from Reno, the dry open desert expanse is a vast contrast from the bustling vibrancy of its closest city and is the perfect setting for a spot of hiking, camping, exploring or just simply soaking up the peace and tranquility of the wide open space. The desert is also home to four well-known hot springs, with Trego Hot Springs on the east side of the playa our top pick for a quick relaxing dip.

Spencer Hot Springs

Just a 3-hour drive from Reno, Spencer Hot Springs offers a secluded cluster of natural geothermal spas, perfect for a day of relaxation. Just a slight detour off Highway 50, the springs are easy to find, are open year-round and are completely free, making it a budget-friendly pit stop that the whole family will enjoy. Spend the afternoon soaking in the soothing mineral water, ridding your body of those aches and pains whilst enjoying spectacular views of the Toiyabe National Forest, with the snow capped peaks of the mountains in the distance creating a majestic backdrop. For a true taste of the great outdoors, set up a tent or roll out the swag for the night, and enjoy the mesmerising web of twinkling stars in the night sky.

Ruby Mountains

Home to unique wildlife, picturesque mountain scenery, pristine lakes and lush green meadows, the Ruby Mountains are located roughly a half-day drive from Reno. During the summer, the mountains are an adventurer’s playground, with hiking, fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking and camping the top picks. For an unforgettable experience, the Ruby Mountain Hot Springs boast sparkling emerald pools that maintain a tepid year-round temperature, and are the perfect spot to unwind after a day of endless adventure.