Backpacking near Las Vegas

2:20 a.m. on March 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Hi out there-

I am new to this area. My two boys (9 & 14) are coming to visit me for spring break. I would like to take them on an ovenight trip. No idea where to go? I am from Utah & have done a fair amount there. What about day hikes geared towards kids? Thanks, Jari

12:49 p.m. on March 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Zion is not that far away.

2:12 p.m. on March 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Valley of Fire State Park. I don't know much about it, but it's 55 miles from Vegas, has lots of cool redrock formations, and seems to have a lot of trails of varying length.

3:07 p.m. on March 28, 2011 (EDT)
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I'd investigate red rocks national conservation area. It's close to vegas, and has nice hiking and camping: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

4:36 p.m. on March 28, 2011 (EDT)
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Hi Jari,

I agree with Seth's recommendation. I hiked up to Turtle Head Peak when I was in Vegas. It was a nice day hike.

Starts out with about 1-2 miles of gradual incline and pretty good footing. then you hit about a 1/2 mile rock scramble at which point the trail isn't clearly defined, and you just find your way up. then it's a pretty flat maybe .25 to .5 mile final push along the ridge line to the overlook. 

we saw a bunch of wild donkeys out there too haha...oh i just followed Seth's link...i guess they are called burros.  they were nice, but one guy tried getting a little too close, and they let him know he was infringing on their space

1:29 a.m. on April 6, 2011 (EDT)
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Thanx guys! This will be helpful. Leaning towards valley of Fire. 

3:50 p.m. on April 7, 2011 (EDT)
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Drop into REI and ask around there.  Probably get some ideas from those who have been there as well as maps (and probably a bazillion dollars of gear you just had to have). 

Wife will NOT let me in there unescorted.

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