When you visit Las Vegas you know you’re going to see some world-class shows, eat at some world-renowned restaurants and party at some hot nightclubs. What you might not realize is that you are so close to many of the world’s natural wonders. From man-made structures to national parks, here are the 8 natural wonders near Vegas:

Valley of Fire
The landscape isn’t on fire at Valley of Fire but one glance at the ochre-red Aztec sandstone outcroppings and you’ll understand how it got its name. Nevada’s oldest state park is an hour northeast of the Vegas Strip and will take you back 2,000 years with petrified trees and petroglyphs. There are also sandstone cabins dating back to the 1930’s.

Red Rock Canyon
Enjoy the ultimate time in nature with a stop at Red Rock Canyon. The land located west of Las Vegas offers outdoor adventures including rock climbing, mountain-biking, pictograph-hunting, botany-identifying, wildlife watching and bouldering.

Grand Canyon
One of the most popular natural wonders to see in Nevada is the Grand Canyon. And if you’ve ever been you understand why. Enjoy the breathtaking view of this canyon, which spans 277 river miles in length and is up to 18 miles wide and a mile deep. The Grand Canyon’s size is overwhelming and reason enough to make a stop here this summer. In addition, some tours will educate about the Canyon’s history. 

Lake Las Vegas
Get out on the lake this summer with a trip to Lake Las Vegas. The 320-acre lake is about 40-minutes southeast of the Strip, which is perfect for a day trip. The lake is a recreation hotspot with kayak rentals, stand-up paddle boarding and rowboats.

Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam is about 30-minutes southeast of Las Vegas. It spans the Black Canyon of the Colorado River and forms the southern terminus of Lake Mead. The dam is absolutely incredible to take in. The Bureau of Reclamation runs a variety of tours at the dam site so you can learn more about this structure.

Lake Mead
Another lake on the list, Lake Mead is technically not a lake but the largest reservoir in the United States. It was created out of the Colorado River by the Hoover Dam. It provides drinking and irrigation water to residents in Arizona, Nevada and California. You can also enjoy some fun here too. Sail, jet ski, boat and sport fish on this lake and because it is surrounded by mountains there is also hiking and biking.

Zion National Park
Home to some of the most stunning landscapes and natural beauty in the country, Zion National Park is located 163 miles from Las Vegas. The park is best known for its steeping red cliffs, unique wildlife and stunning scenery.  But you might know it from such films as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Death Valley National Park
No, you won’t die when you visit Death Valley National Park but you might be stunned at how gorgeous it is. With depths up to 282 feet below sea level, mountains, canyons, craters and salt pinnacles, this park has the most unique landscape. The untouched and rugged beauty is unlike anything else you’ve ever seen.