Running Trails Near Las Vegas, Nevada

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While Las Vegas might be located near a desert, that doesn’t mean its supply of running trails has dried up. Here are some of the best running trails available in and around the city of Las Vegas.

Geography Of the City

The city of Las Vegas sits in a basin within the Mojave Desert. This leads to many dry regions within the surrounding areas but plenty of majestic mountain pathways that can double as running trails. With their proximity to a surrounding desert, much of the area’s vegetation is quite dry and requires little water.

The climate might be on the drier end, but this area makes for a fantastic running destination with the right precautions. The location within a basin provides plenty of protection for runners from dehydration and overheating and offers some fantastic pathways for your next run.

Easy Trails

There are plenty of sidewalk running options within the city, but the real trails begin to pop up once you’re out of Las Vegas proper. The UNLV campus offers some great running paths, but no specific running trails. Outside of the city, you can find suburb and residential trails like The Lakes neighborhood or, further out, the Historic Railroad Tunnel Trail.

Another amazing trail for running in Las Vegas is the Sunset Park trail, located in an oasis right outside the airport. There are three miles of trails available, and each one offers some incredible sights as you run along it.

More Difficult Trails

Further out, you can find the Clark County Wetlands. This region is stacked with nature trails that give runners a taste of the desert. Overall, this is a 14-mile loop that you can cut down on as you see fit. You’ll also find the River Mountains Loop trail, which often cuts through the near-by canyons for some incredible sights while running. These trails are a bit more difficult, so bring some water and proper protection for the elements.

Top Las Vegas, NV Running Trails

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Calico Basin Trail

Address: Calico Basin Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Phone: (702) 515-5350
Hours: 6:00 am to 7:00 pm Everyday

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Cottonwood Canyon

Address: 915 Canyon Bluff Circle, Las Vegas, NV 89144
Phone: (702) 341-5500
Hours: Open 24 Hours everyday

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Pecos-McLeod Trailhead

Address: 3050 Emerson Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
Phone: (702) 455-8200
Hours: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Lone Mountain Park

Address: 4445 N Jensen St, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Phone: (702) 455-8200
Hours: 7:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Buckskin Cliff Shadows

Address: 3355 Cliff Shadows Pkwy, Las Vegas, NV 89129
Hours: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Address: 1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Phone: (702) 515-5350
Hours: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

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Pueblo Park

Address: 7663 W Lake Mead Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Phone: (702) 752-9229
Hours: 6:00 am – 11:00 pm

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Clark County Wetlands Park

Address: 7050 Wetlands Park Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89122
Phone: (702) 455-7522
Hours: Open Daily Dawn to Dusk


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Oak Creek Trail

Address: Oak Creek Trail, Las Vegas, NV 89161
Phone: (702) 515-5000
Hours: 6:00 am – 8:00 pm

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Facts About Las Vegas

  • Las Vegas is the most populous city in Nevada, and the 28th most populous city in the USA?
  • The peaks surrounding Las Vegas reach elevations of over 10,000 feet
  • There are over 90 movies set in Las Vegas

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