One of the most unique things about Las Vegas is that the city is surrounded by wilderness. Unlike many urban areas, you won’t find suburban sprawl outside of Las Vegas. Instead, you’ll find seemingly endless expanses of desert floor, starlit skies and crimson cliffs. As an added bonus, these remote outer reaches offer some of the finest views of the Strip. The next time you’re in the mood to look out at the lights of Las Vegas with a glass of champagne in hand, consider swapping your usual rooftop bar for one of these local hikes. Don’t worry, you can still bring the champagne if you want to.

Frenchman Mountain
Located on the east side of Las Vegas, this 4.4 mile round trip hike offers what might just be the best view of the Stratosphere in the city. The hike starts from an unmarked parking area on Lake Mead Blvd. From there, you’ll follow a very steep gravel road to the top. From the windswept summit, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Strip, Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon in the distance.

Turtlehead Peak
On the opposite end of town, hikers can enjoy panoramic views of Las Vegas from the Aztec sandstone cliffs of Red Rock Canyon. Turtlehead Peak is a challenging 4.6 mile round trip hike that starts from within the Red Rock Scenic Loop (entry fee is $15 per vehicle). Start from the Calico Hills Viewpoint and Trailhead parking lot and make your way through the wash to the saddle. From there, follow the ridgeline to the summit.

Exploration Peak
Looking for an easy stroll with major payoff? Exploration Peak is calling your name. Don’t let the name deceive you; this jaunt is doable, even if you’re hungover from last night’s debauchery on the Strip. The trail starts at Exploration Peak Park in the Mountain’s Edge community. The .9 mile round trip hike takes you to the top of the park’s namesake peak, where you’ll be rewarded with great views of Las Vegas.

Lone Mountain
Drive to the northwest corner of Las Vegas and you’ll notice a prominent butte that emerges from the surrounding neighborhood. That’s Lone Mountain, a unique urban summit that offers impressive views of Las Vegas in exchange for just a moderate amount of effort. Park at the base of Lone Mountain and make your way up one of several use trails to the summit of this 2.2 mile round trip hike. From the top, the city stretches out before you.

Griffith Peak
Yes, it’s possible to hike in Las Vegas in the summer. When the sidewalks start to sizzle and the sunshine on the Strip feels like it’s actually trying to kill you, it’s time to head to the Mt. Charleston Wilderness. Here, you’ll find a bird’s eye view of Las Vegas from the summit of Griffith Peak. Fair warning; you’re going to have to work for it. The 11,063 summit can be accessed via the South Loop Trailhead. This steep, high elevation trail takes you through ponderosa pines to a saddle where you will make a left turn and make your way to the summit of Griffith Peak. If the vistas of the city from the summit don’t take your breath away, the altitude will. Be sure to take a moment to marvel at how quiet the buzzy Las Vegas Strip looks from 11,063 feet.