When people think of Nevada they tend to think of gambling and nuclear testing sites! However, there is so much more to the state and sadly many people miss the natural beauty. If you are planning to visit the bright lights of Las Vegas, you need to set aside some time to check out three of the parks we have found. These are some of the most popular and guaranteed to take your breath away while on vacation! If you are ready to put down the poker chips and hold off on the showgirls, let’s get going!

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

If you are going to be in the Las Vaegas area there is no reason why you shouldn’t take a day to visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Located just outside the glitz and glamor, this park is the perfect place to forget about your losses in the casino! This park offers absolutely stunning views through a 13-mile scenic drive. However, if you are wanting the chance to get up close and personal with the wild west, there are several hiking trails that you need to walk to truly see the beauty of this park.

Valley of Fire State Park

If you are looking to see some of the states iconic rock formations a trip to Valley of Fire State Park is in order. This is Nevadas oldest and largest state park and it is truly one of the best in the country. Now it is important to understand that Nevada can get really hot, so plan your day at this park accordingly. It is best to try and visit in the early morning or later in the evening. This will allow you to truly enjoy the hikes and see some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio

If you would like to experience a little bit of nature, but are not quite up for the actual rugged outdoors, Las Vegas brings it to you in the form of the Conservatory & Botanical Gardens at Bellagio. Here the natural beauty and scents of thousands of flowers will take your breath away. If you suffer from allergies, you may want to explore this gorgeous indoor park from afar though!

As ou can see, there is so much more to Nevada than just gambling! Enjoy the more natural aspect of the state and you will always leave a winner.