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Las Vegas: Horseback Riding Tour

1. Las Vegas: Horseback Riding Tour

Leave the Las Vegas slot machines and party lifestyle behind as you head off on a peaceful horse ride in the Nevada desert. Ride through Rainbow Gardens with its red rock formations that were created at the same time as the Grand Canyon. Don't worry if it's your first time on a horse or an experienced rider, this is a great way to explore the desert and feel like a cowboy for the day for beginners and experts alike. Meet your guide at a ranch in the desert and get paired with a horse to suit your skill level. Receive a short introduction from your guide on riding and learn how to mount and dismount your horse correctly.  When you feel comfortable, jump on the saddle and set off on a scenic horse ride through the desert. You can even see an inactive volcano not far from the Lake Mead area.

Las Vegas: Desert Horseback Riding Tour with Breakfast

2. Las Vegas: Desert Horseback Riding Tour with Breakfast

Leave the Las Vegas slot machines behind on this horseback riding tour in the the Nevada Desert only minutes from the Strip. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and get a photo taken with your horse to remember your day.  Be greeted by your guide at the horse ranch and meet a well-trained horse that suits your riding skill level. Receive a short introduction from your guide on riding and learn how to mount and dismount your horse with ease.  Jump into the saddle and begin your horse riding experience in the pristine desert. Look for local wildlife like coyotes, foxes, geckos, falcons, and hawks. Keep an eye out for the over 30 varieties of plants that are native to the area.  Sit down to a breakfast with a cheese omelet, potatoes, and banana bread.Beverage included. Return to your starting point at the end of the tour. 

From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

3. From Las Vegas: Valley of Fire Small Group Tour

Escape the city and get back to nature on a day trip to the Valley of Fire State Park. See the park's highlights, like 4,000-year-old rock carvings, Rainbow Vista viewpoint, and the Beehives and Elephant Rock formations. Keep your energy up and stay hydrated with snacks and bottled water.  Enjoy direct pickup from your hotel on the Las Vegas Strip (and most hotels nearby). Sit back and relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car or van (no busses!) on the way to Valley of Fire State Park. At your first stop, see large sandstone rock formations called 'Beehives' due to their shape. Next, travel nack in time 4,000 years, observing petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by ancient tribes at Atlatl Rock. Then, on to admire panoramic views of the multi-colored rock layers at Rainbow Vista. See the rarely occurring natural white domes that are 98% pure silica. Explore inside the Cabins, built in 1935 by the CCC to commemorate the park's opening. Capture pictures of the wind and rain-carved Elephant Rock formation. Relax on the drive back to Las Vegas for direct hotel drop off.

From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

4. From Las Vegas: Hoover Dam Small Group Tour

Take a guided tour of the Hoover Dam with this day tour from Las Vegas. Explore the most-visited dam in the world on this fun sightseeing tour with a professional guide. Be picked up from Las Vegas and relax as you are driven to historic Boulder City. Stop for the chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Next, journey high above the Colorado River to get a bird's-eye view of the Hoover Dam from the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge. Snap some pictures, while learning how the dam works and how it was built. Marvel at panoramic views of Lake Mead (the man-made lake formed by the dam) from Lake Mead Overlook. Return to your hotel in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas: Hoover Dam & Valley of Fire Day Trip with Brunch

5. Las Vegas: Hoover Dam & Valley of Fire Day Trip with Brunch

Immerse yourself in the story of the Hoover Dam and the Valley of Fire State Park on a guided combo tour. Discover several stunning viewpoints, stop at the Hoover Dam Museum, and savor a tasty brunch at the Bighorn Café before heading to the Valley of Fire. Be picked up from the convenience of your hotel and relax on the drive to Hoover Dam. At the first stop, explore the Hoover Dam Museum featuring a collection of artifacts, photographs, and personal stories from those who built the Dam. Next, get a chance to see some Bighorn sheep grazing at Hemenway Park. Then it's on to the Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, where you'll be standing 900-feet above the Colorado River overlooking the dam. Learn how the dam was built and engineered from your local guide as you take photos from several vantage points, including panoramic views of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the U.S. Sit down to refuel at Bighorn Café inside the Hoover Dam Lodge before continuing the tour. Later, journey to the Valley of Fire State Park and travel back in time to prehistoric days while visiting Elephant Rock. Explore exhibits about the history, geology, and ecology at the visitor center. Marvel at 4,000-year-old petroglyphs (rock carvings) made by the ancient tribes at Atlatl Rock and learn how years of sediment deposits created sandstone formations at the Beehives. At the end of the tour, get taken back to your hotel for drop-off.

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What people are saying about Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Charlie was a kind & knowledgeable guide. He answered all of our questions, and my granddaughter had a lot of questions! He pointed out some interesting facts and finds throughout the ride. I especially appreciated his kindness when helping me off my horse when I had a bad cramp in my leg! LoL I am so glad there is no footage of that incident! We will definitely be back! I am anxiously awaiting the photos that Charlie took of us on our horses!

We really enjoyed ourselves. It was very relaxing and the tour guide was excellent. Also the driver who picked us up and dropped us back off was very nice. I definitely recommend to anyone traveling to Vegas

The tour guide Darren was great. He had a lot of knowledge of the history of Boulder City and Hoover Dam and we got to see the dam and Lake Mead from many different angles.

We had a lot of fun, the horses were in good condition and very well behaved!

We had a great time very relaxing and beautiful horses!!