First and foremost, we recommend that all outdoor runners take more water than they think they might need — and head out very early morning or very late evening. Las Vegas is known for its scorching temperatures and dry heat pretty much year-round, and you don’t want to be caught in the middle of nowhere without water or protection. Speaking of protection, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Las Vegas is a great place for runners because the desert is flat. And so is the city. If you’re a visitor, you might enjoy simply running in the touristy locations: think the Strip (where all the casinos are located), Downtown, the University of Nevada at Las Vegas (UNLV), etc.
But if you’re not the type of runner who likes gradual grading, then we have some treacherous paths for you to explore. One of the most scenic areas around the city is Red Rock Canyon — and the name speaks for itself. There are a variety of trails around here ranging from easy to difficult. If you want to run someplace beautiful — but new — everyday, you could keep returning to Red Rock because there are 30 miles of gorgeous track.
If you want something simpler and less traveled by tourists, then check out the Union Pacific Railroad Trail, a 6.35 mile track. You’ll still see a thousand people, but at least they won’t all be holding maps!
If you don’t mind traveling far outside of Vegas to find the most scenic runs, check out Mt. Charleston. It’s one of the tallest peaks in Nevada, rising to 12,000 feet (the tallest is actually Boundary Peak, which is just over 13,000 feet). Charleston has over 52 miles of beautiful trails where you’ll find many other runners. Keep in mind there’s snow in winter. But also, it’s much cooler here in summer than other places around Vegas.