When I posted my pictures on Facebook from our recent hike at Spring Mountain, I received several comments about the beautiful landscape and the solitude of the park.
People might be surprised to learn that Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located only 15 miles west of Las Vegas within the Red Rock Canyon area. That’s the crazy thing about Las Vegas: you don’t have to drive far to feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere!
It was a perfect winter day when my daughter and I visited the park. We opted for the Overlook Trail, a short excursion that’s perfect for young kids. We also took a little detour to check out a small pond nearby.
What you need to know before you go:
–Entrance to the park is $7 per vehicle for Nevada residents and $9 for all others.
–Annual passes are available.
–There are several picnic tables located near the parking lot.
–The park offers daily guided tours. Stop by the Visitors Center for more details.
–If you go on a weekday in winter, you might be the only person there!
Our afternoon at Spring Mountain was one of those idyllic outings in which my daughter and I both had fun, she behaved perfectly, the weather was beautiful, and everything seemed to come together just like I’d hoped. We’ll definitely be back!
P.S. Right after we left the park, I received a message that I’d won tickets to a Las Vegas Wranglers hockey game AND to a Blue Man Group show at the Venetian. My lucky day!