Get Great View Of Las Vegas At Southwest Ridge Park
We are so fortunate to live in Southern Nevada. The amazing trails and parks throughout the Las Vegas area offer so much, especially when the blazing heat takes a backseat. I’ve been known to take a hike or two and am getting more and more into it. Yesterday, a trip to Southwest Ridge Park near Mountain’s Edge and Rhodes Ranch offered up something special.
What can you find at Southwest Ridge Park in Las Vegas?
I’ve been doing a lot of fun stuff with my sons (pictured above) after school. Bowling, arcades… it is fun. But when the weather is this perfect, going out to experience what the city has to offer is a no-brainer. The boys were down for a mini hike, and Southwest Ridge Park offered that and more.
The park, just north of Forbuss Elementary at the end of West Wigwam, is a star in its own right. A big lawn perfect for everything from meditation to playing frisbee. The park beneath offers something for kids young and old as well.
Southwest Ridge also borders the Gypsum Ridge Trail Loop. The 4 mile loop offers a steep initial climb of around 400 feet (which can be done with sneakers on) and immediately offers up a breathtaking view of the valley. The Las Vegas Strip lingers in the distance with amazing views of the wilderness south of you as well. For my sons, that initial climb was all they needed (and they loved it). However if you continue on, you’ll get a pretty decent route without much traffic. The initial climb is the worst of it, and from there it’s steady and eventually all downhill from there.
To live within a few minutes of this hike and to have never taken it is a shame. But I know about it now, and you do too.
How can you find hikes that are perfect for your skill level?
Hiking is great for the soul. Getting away from the “noise” and breathing, whether with family, friends or yourself. The AllTrails app is a great resource to figure out what options are out there to lace up and explore. The free version is perfectly acceptable, with a paid version offering up more information (and a tip for the developers that are feeding your curiosity).
Don’t live in Las Vegas and not see everything it has to offer. Get some hiking boots (even cheaper ones at Sketchers), grab some water and hit an easy trail. You might like it.