With summer almost over and cooler temperatures on the way, now is a great time to think about heading to Las Vegas to enjoy a few of the many outdoor activities available. Although the weather in Las Vegas stays relatively comfortable throughout the year, some activities are simply more enjoyable in the warmer weather. Here are some of the best activities to enjoy before the cooler weather rolls in.

1.  Hike through the Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire Elephant Rock


Stretch your legs on one of the hiking trails through the gorgeous red sandstone formations found in the Valley of Fire, about an hour’s drive from the Strip. Or, if you want to enjoy the great outdoors overnight, bring your tent and stay in one of the designated campgrounds for an adventure you will not soon forget.

2. Take a Drive Through Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas


If you are looking to enjoy nature from the comfort of your car, Red Rock Canyon offers a 13-mile scenic drive through the stunning landscape of the Mojave Desert. When you are ready to leave the car behind, you can pull over and try hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, or biking.

3. Enjoy the Outdoor Shopping and Fun at Town Square

Town Square Las Vegas

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This 1.5 million square foot shopping paradise offers a blend of popular name brand stores and chic boutiques, as well as plenty of dining and entertainment opportunities for the whole family. When you are all shopped out, head over to the Children’s Park and let the little ones loose to play in the tree house, princess tower, and many other fun features.

4. Stroll through Ethel M Chocolate’s Botanical Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden


Chocolate and cacti make the perfect summer combination when you visit the Ethel M chocolate factory in Henderson. After you have wandered through the luscious four-acre garden, featuring a variety of exquisite desert flora, head inside to check out the self-guided viewing aisle and watch as the chocolatiers create their decedent masterpieces.

5. Take a Dinner Cruise on Lake Mead

Cactus Garden

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After a full day of Vegas fun, climb aboard the Desert Princess, a three-level paddle-wheeler, and dine in style as you enjoy the scenery around Lake Mead. Landmarks to watch out for include the Arizona Paint Pots and the Hoover Dam.

Thanks to the warm desert climate, you can continue to enjoy most of these outdoor activities year round. However, if you are looking for a little more outdoors fun before summer comes to an official end, be sure to check out some of these great activities in and around Las Vegas.