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Best Kid-Friendly Walking Trails in Las Vegas, Henderson, Boulder City

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While Las Vegas is known for its dazzling lights and electrifying shows, venturing beyond the Strip reveals a treasure trove of outdoor adventures perfect for families. Lace up your walking shoes and explore these kid-friendly walking trails in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City, offering stunning scenery, engaging activities, and memories that will last a lifetime.

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Kid-Friendly Walking Trails in Boulder City

Just a short 25 minute drive from the Henderson area, you have to head to Boulder City to check out a few of our favorite walking trails in Boulder City!

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Nature Discovery Trail and Rock Garden

Nature Discovery Trail and Rock Garden

  • Distance: 1800 feet
  • Stroller-friendly: Yes (however there are dirt paths to go off the short paved area)
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Enjoy giant statues of desert animals from a jack rabbit to a gila monster! Plus you’ll see informational plaques along the way pointing out desert flora and Joshua trees. End your walk with a picnic in the covered pavilion at the top overlooking the city.

There are lots of bikers on this trail that runs through Bootleg Canyon with many other moderate to hard trails connecting. Highly recommend for a homeschool outing.

Railroad Tunnel Trail

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Stroller-Friendly: Yes
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Take a step back in history on the Railroad Tunnel Trail. This trail follows an old railroad route, leading you through five abandoned tunnels. The cool, dark tunnels offer a welcome respite from the desert heat, while the historical significance adds a layer of intrigue to the hike.

Kid-Friendly Walking Trails in Henderson

There are so many hidden walking trails in Henderson that most people don’t know about!

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Amargosa Trail Near Discovery Park

Amargosa Trailhead at Discovery Park

  • Distance: Varies
  • Stroller-friendly: Yes
  • Safe Solo: Yes

This trailhead runs from Gibson all the way to Eastern and you can pick it up and stop at different points. I like to park at The District or Discovery Park and walk to and from or even extend and go down towards Paseo Verde Park or up around Friendship Park. So many options.

Clark County Wetlands

  • Distance: Varies on trail
  • Stroller-friendly: Yes
  • Safe Solo: Yes

There are several trails throughout the wetlands. The paved path winds alongside the wetlands, providing a haven for birds, turtles, and other wetland creatures. Interpretive signs educate visitors about the importance of wetlands and their role in the ecosystem.

Cornerstone Loop Trail

  • Distance: 1.29 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: Yes
  • Safe Solo: Yes

This is a family-favorite. It is easy, close-by, and surrounded by water. Beautiful on a sunny day (but not too sunny as there is no shade!). Along the way there are some informational signage sharing facts as well as parts of book pages swapped out often for kids. Recently, they had Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Whitney Mesa Nature Preserve Trail

  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: Not recommended
  • Safe Solo: Yes, but would recommend bringing a friend

Spectacular views of the Las Vegas Valley and the surrounding mountains. Keep an eye out for desert cottontails, coyotes, and various bird species as you explore the diverse desert ecology.

Seven Hills Trail

  • Distance: 1.3 miles
  • Stroller-Friendly: Yes
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Multiple parks to start and stop at.

deer creek picnic area
Deer Creek Picnic Area

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First Creek Loop Trail (Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area)

  • Distance: 2.7 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: Not recommended
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Ideal for families with older children (aged 8 and above). The well-maintained path showcases diverse flora and fauna, with opportunities to spot lizards, birds, and desert wildflowers. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy breathtaking views from the scenic overlooks.

Ice Age Fossils State Park

  • Distance:
    • Megafauna Trail: 0.3 miles
    • Las Vegas Wash Trail: 1.5 miles
    • Big Dig Trail: 1.2 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: Not recommended – only one trail is stroller friendly (Megafauna)
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Great for kids! Toddler friendly. Stay on trail!

Lost Creek Trail & Children’s Discovery Loop (Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area)

  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: ?
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Perfect for younger explorers, this 1.2-mile loop trail features interactive exhibits along the way. Children can learn about desert plants, animals, and geology through interpretive signs, rock formations, and even a miniature slot canyon.

Kid-Friendly Walking Trails NEAR The Area

Check out this walking trails just outside of Vegas you might love!

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park (Multiple Trails)

  • Distance:
    • Sandstone Canyon Loop: 1.2 miles
    • Overlook Loop: 0.8 miles
    • Lake Harriet Loop: 0.4 miles
    • North Ash Grove Loop: 0.3 miles
    • South Ash Grove Loop: 1.4 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: No (Babywear!)
  • Safe Solo: Yes

Not only are there multiple trails at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, but you can also spend the day there! For just $10/vehicle ($15 for non-resident vehicles), you can enjoy the views on any of the trails, but you can check out the historic grounds, tour the visitors center, stamp your passport, and get your junior ranger badge!

Little Falls

  • Distance: 0.7mi
  • Stroller-friendly: No (Babywear!)
  • Safe Solo: Yes, but if you have kids, recommended having someone else with you

If you’re looking for a waterfall at the end of your trail, you have to check out Little Falls. Not only is it kid-friendly, but it’s less than a mile out and back. I would recommend either babywearing or going with older kiddos who can climb up to get to the main waterfall. We stopped right before the waterfall with the toddlers as it was too much for them to climb up the stairs on their own or being baby worn, but the rest of the crew and older kiddos had no problem finishing the hike.

Deer Creek Picnic Area – CLOSED DUE TO DAMAGE AS OF FALL 2023

  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Stroller-friendly: Yes (but it is all up-hill and super short)
  • Safe Solo: Yes

The Deer Creek Picnic Area, along Deer Creek Highway (Hwy 158), offers free picnic tables along a scenic path with a seasonal stream. Bring your own propane grill as fire restrictions prohibit charcoal or wood fires.

Tips for a Successful Kid-Friendly Hike

  • Plan for the heat: Choose trails with shade options, especially during the summer months. Pack plenty of water for everyone and wear sunscreen and hats.
  • Start early: Hit the trails in the morning when temperatures are cooler and the crowds are smaller.
  • Bring snacks: Pack energy-boosting snacks like fruits, nuts, or granola bars to keep your little adventurers fueled.
  • Make it interactive: Point out interesting plants, animals, and rock formations. Use scavenger hunts or games to keep your children engaged.
  • Set realistic expectations: Choose trails that are appropriate for your children’s age and abilities. Take breaks often and allow plenty of time for exploration.
  • Leave No Trace: Respect the environment by packing out all trash and leaving no trace of your visit.

With these suggestions and a sense of adventure, you can discover the hidden gems of Las Vegas, Henderson, and Boulder City. So lace up your hiking boots, grab your camera, and embark on a memorable exploration with your family!

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Leanna Carson is an expecting mama via IVF and a serial entrepreneur.

Born and raised in Las Vegas, she loves sharing all things family-friendly as well as local spots most don’t even know about! She co-founded Nevada Moms in 2018 and it has become the #1 Family Guide to Nevada experiences, activities, happenings, and more.

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