The proximity of outdoor activities is one of the advantages of a visit to Laughlin, Nevada. The area, just 90 miles south of Las Vegas and an easy drive by car or recreational vehicle from California or Arizona offers three hiking and other outdoor opportunities within the shadows of the casinos and other leisure activities.
The 4.03 mile Riverwalk from the start of Casino Drive to Harrah’s is the most well known of the routes. Walkers go on a predominately concrete walk between the hotels and the Colorado River.
What a great way to see all the different casinos in Laughlin. Part of the walkway takes visitors along one of the porches of the Colorado Belle and skirts a number of the other casinos. Along the way, you can get up close and personal with some of the ducks in the river. Just don’t feed them.
After a elevation gain of 95 feet, the trail ends up at Harrah's Resort and Casino. It’s okay to stop there and have a cool one—You’ve earned it.
Grapevine Canyon hike is one of the best known treks in the area. It can be found about five miles west of town on Highway 163. Just turn off the highway at Christmas Tree Pass road and continue north for about two miles to the trailhead.
I have taken this hike and thoroughly enjoyed it. The hike gives you the opportunity to view 1000 year old Native American Petroglyphs. As you walk along the trail you will be afforded great views of the Colorado River and the chance to see three seasonable waterfalls.
Locals are proud of the Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails Project, also known as North Reach, which was dedicated in July of 2012. The project consists of a bridge over highway 163, a trail to the Davis Dam, and trails throughout the dessert.
On a recent trip to Laughlin, I had the chance to meet at the bridge with Deborah Murray, the Community Development Manager and Bill Martin, an outdoor recreation planner, both enthusiastic about the expansion of hiking and other outdoor activities for visitors and residents.
The project consists of nine miles of trains in the Laughlin area for bicyclists, pedestrians and equestrian riders. Visitors of all abilities can enjoy the trails and accessible fishing areas. The two mile trail from the bridge to Davis Dam is hard surfaced and contains water fountains. It runs along the Colorado River and has several benches. This is a great trail for families. It is flat, offers nice views and ends up at Davis Dam.
The project contains a picnic area complete with shelter and BBQ grills. It is called the Pyramid Trailhead and is located adjacent to Davis Dam. The shelters can be reserved for groups by contacting the Clark County Parks and Recreation Department at (702)298-3413.
A 2.7 mile equestrian trail and a 2.8 mile desert loop trail are part of the project. Additional trails in the desert are being planned. Visitors to Laughlin now have even more options for good times in Laughlin. For more information, check out Laughlin .