• Red rocks, blue skies, and miles of trails. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.
    Red rocks, blue skies, and miles of trails. Photograph by Melissa Valladares.

    Issue 9: Las Vegas

    Should you need a change of pace from showgirls and slot machines, lace up your hiking shoes and head to the bluffs and valleys of Red Rock Canyon, Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. Leisure-seekers can pack a picnic lunch, grab a map and explore any number of scenic trails, or thrill-seekers can take a crack at climbing 7,068-foot Mount Wilson, a towering sandstone peak. Either way, though only 20 miles from Vegas’s Strip, you’ll feel worlds away in spirit.