With summer just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to get active outdoors with your pet. In a city like Las Vegas that can be difficult, with temperatures that surpass over 100 degrees on a regular basis. But, if you plan your hike right, and for the right time of day, you can avoid the worst of the heat and still enjoy the outdoors. So, whether you’re in town for a long weekend or you’re a local and looking for somewhere new to take your dog, check out some of these dog-friendly hiking trails.
Pittman Wash Trail
Pittman Wash Trail is an easy, paved trail that hikers of all ages can enjoy. The six-mile trail is ideal of skating, inline skating, and of course, walking your dog. You can find entry/exit points to the trail at Pecos Legacy Park, Silver Springs or the Arroyo Grande Sports Complex. There are bathrooms available at all three locations, and you’ll plenty of shade and rest points in between each park.
Historic Railroad Trail
Historic Railroad Trail is a perfect scenic height. Located on the outskirts of Las Vegas, just before the entrance to Lake Mead, follows a former railroad grade that ran from Boulder City all the way to Hoover Dam. The total length of the trail is about 7.5 miles, but the minor changes in elevation make it a doable hike for dog walkers, and ideal for bicyclists. The tunnels make it an ideal hike no matter the time of year, but it is always advisable, when walking with animals, to avoid peak temperature times.
Elephant Rock Trail
If you’re out at Valley of Fire National Park, you can’t miss Elephant Rock Trail. The 1.3-mile hike takes you up to one of the jewels of the park, Elephant Rock. It’s a great, easy hike to do with your dog, but it’s important to keep an eye out for the lizards and the snakes that live along the trail. It’s an impressive sight no matter the time of day, but to avoid the heat (and to get some awesome Instagram pics), get out there early in the morning, or wait until sunset.
First Creek Trail
First Creek Trail is another easy, accessible for you and your dog to enjoy. Located in Red Rock Canyon, the 3.6-mile trail is not for the faint of heart, but the sights you see along the way are worth every step. During the hike, you and your pooch can cool off at the hidden waterfall. Dogs are required to be leashed on this trail, so keep that in mind once you get there.
Cathedral Rock Trail
It gets hot in the summer in Las Vegas, and that’s why we go to Mount Charleston. You can go almost anywhere with your dog at Mount Charleston, but Cathedral Rock Trail is ideal for those with very active dogs, or dogs that like to take a lot of breaks. The 2.7-mile trail is a steep hike at certain spots, but it flattens out through the forest before leading you straight up to Cathedral Rock. Take plenty of water and snacks for you and your pooch; the hike can easily take over three hours even for fast hikers.