Your Hotel Treadmill
Running outside June-September is not recommended unless you go early in the morning (before 7:00) or after the sun sets. It's too darn hot. Make use of your hotel treadmill. Find one overlooking the pool if you want some refreshing scenery.
Red Rock Canyon - $7.00 per vehicle
|Red Rock Canyon|
Valley of Fire - $10.00 per vehicle
|Valley of Fire|
River Mountain Loop
The River Mountain Loop is accessible from numerous locations in Henderson, Boulder City, and The Lake Mead National Recreation Area (which charges a $10.00 fee per vehicle). The loop is a paved 35-mile path that goes through Henderson, Boulder City and Lake Mead. The easiest way to get there from the strip is to take I-15 south to I-215 east until it turns into Lake Mead Parkway. Go about six miles and right before you enter the recreation area, there's a parking lot on the right. If you're a triathlete and wish to get in some training, enter the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and head to Boulder Beach. Boulder Beach is home to several triathlons, including the Pumpkinman in late October-early November and Showdown at Sunset in April. By the way, Boulder Beach is not a good swim beach. It's main purpose is for triathletes and people too cheap to rent jet skis.
|Mt. Charleston in Winter|
If all you're looking for is a regular old run, then head south on the Strip, turn east on Sunset Road and drive about five miles. The park is huge and you have several options: (1) Just park anywhere and run your little heart out; (2) Find a trail at Sunset Regional Park, just after McCleod on the right; (3) Run the 1-mile or 1.5-mile loop. The entrance for this loop (my preferred running spot) is just North of Warm Springs on Eastern. As you're coming down Sunset, turn right on Eastern and go about 3/4-mile. Turn left. The loop is on the right and is impossible to miss if you're in the correct parking lot. If you reach the train tracks you've gone too far. The small loop is a mile. The extended loop is 1.5 miles. This loop hosts occasional Saturday morning fun runs and, if you're lucky, you'll see me slogging around the track. By the way, beware of coyotes at night.
It sounds glamorous, but running on the Strip is annoying. The Las Vegas Rock-n-Roll Marathon and Half Marathon is held here in December. It's an annoying race. You'd have more fun at the Red Rock or Valley of Fire Marathon.