Issue #31 – Hiking in Las Vegas

Las Vegas  has a great number of free walking and hiking trails available to the more adventurous of our readers. These are an excellent opportunity to get out into nature and see the great outdoors. Always remembering that it can get quite hot during the summer and not all trails are improved track or mobility accessible; we remind you to look up the trail before you go and see if it is right for you. For safety and comfort, we also recommend: carry your own water, wear a hat, bring sunblock, and walking stick and sunglasses are optional.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Calico Basin 

This trail is located at Red Canyon. Its 5.2 miles long. Marvelous views of the Las Vegas valley

Hualapai Canyon Trailhead

The address is located at 2-338 S Hualapai Way Las Vegas, NV 89144 and it’s located between Alta and Town Center Drive in Summerlin. The length of the trail is 0.8 miles. Trail is located above the wash. It is open 7 days a week from 7am-10pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pueblo Park

The address is located at 7663 W Lake Mead Blvd. The length of the Trail is 1.5 miles. It’s open every day from 6am-10pm. It’s free to enter the park. Make sure that you bring water with you because there are no water fountains available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wetlands Park

The address is located at 7050 Wetlands Park Lane. It includes ponds and 3 miles of trail. It also has restrooms to use. Plenty of space to explore nature. Trails to explore nature can be found from the parking lot by the Nature Preserve and Nature Park.

Walking for health is as great as it is cracked up to be. You should walk not run, in order to acquire a healthy heart. If you walk briskly you lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes. Researchers analyzed 15,045 walkers, in the National Walkers Health Study found and found that moderate intensity walkers and high intensity runners resulted in reductions of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and possibly coronary disease of the heart. Walking for 2.5hrs a week can possibly reduce heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment required activity can keep you mentally sharp and can reduce the risk of cancer and diabetes.

A University of Utah study in 2014, found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered the risk of obesity by 5%. Walking can even help your mood. Studies from a number of sources that it’s as effective as drugs in decreasing depression.  It can relieve every day stress as well. Tensions start to ease as the road stretches in front of you.  Mood endorphin levels are elevated. Walking helps clear the mind too, it might help you find a solution to a problem or too that’s been bugging you.

You can take the dogs for a stroll through the neighborhood. Why not spend quality time at the park with your family? Park farther from your workplace and use the stairs instead of the elevator.  Window shop at the Mall. There are so many ways to go walking that it is unbelievable. So there are no excuses.

One has to start walking, and you will be able make your community stronger, as well. Social scientists found that if more people take to the streets neighborhood crime rates falls and the local economy improves a lot. You can benefit from interpersonal with your children, helps with behavior problems and improve with their academic performance as well. You can meet all kinds of new people and interconnect with neighbors. So don’t wait for another doctor’s appointment, go out to pursue, the joys of walking!

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