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Where to Explore in Clark County Nevada

Clark County Nevada

Clark County, Nevada is home to a lot of amazing places to visit and attractions to see. 

While we love our road trips and backcountry hikes, but there is still so much to see in our own backyard which makes a “weekend at home” a great weekend!

Trivia: Clark County was named for William A. Clark, a Montana copper magnate.

We have listed the major areas and attractions below and will be adding links for more information as we develop the articles to share with you. (Looks like we have a lot of exploring to do!)

Clark County Nevada Weather

clark county nevada weather

I am not going lie… just because it’s a dry heat doesn’t mean it’s not fricking hot! 

One year we camped at Valley of Fire State Park at the beginning of June and one of my friends claimed we were camping “on the surface of the sun.” (It was a wee bit HOT!)

In the summer most of us head to Mount Charleston for our outdoor play or to the mountains of Utah.

Major Cities in Clark County Nevada

  • Boulder City 
  • Henderson
  • Las Vegas
  • Mesquite 
  • North Las Vegas 

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Census-designated Places in Clark County Nevada

We are working on compiling the “fun things to do” in each of the areas below and will link our articles as soon as they are developed to share with you.

  • Blue Diamond 
  • Bunkerville 
  • Cal-Nev-Ari 
  • Enterprise 
  • Goodsprings 
  • Indian Springs 
  • Laughlin 
  • Moapa Town 
  • Moapa Valley
  • Mount Charleston 
  • Nelson
  • Paradise 
  • Sandy Valley 
  • Searchlight 
  • Spring Valley 
  • Summerlin South 
  • Sunrise Manor 
  • Whitney (formerly East Las Vegas) 
  • Winchester

Counties Adjacent to Clark County Nevada

  • Lincoln County – north
  • Mohave County, Arizona – east (observes Mountain Time)
  • San Bernardino County, California – south
  • Inyo County, California – southwest
  • Nye County – west

Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas

National Protected Areas

  • Calico basin in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Desert National Wildlife Refuge (part)
  • Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest (part)
  • Lake Mead National Recreation Area (part)
  • Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
  • Spring Mountains National Recreation Area (part)
  • Toiyabe National Forest (part)
  • Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument (part)

Wilderness Areas in Clark County Nevada

20 official wilderness areas in Clark County are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Many of these are in, or partially in, one of the preceding protected areas, as shown below.

Many are separate entities that are managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM):

  • Arrow Canyon Wilderness (BLM)
  • Black Canyon Wilderness (Nevada) (Lake Mead NRA)
  • Bridge Canyon Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA)
  • Eldorado Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA / BLM)
  • Ireteba Peaks Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA / BLM)
  • Jimbilnan Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA)
  • Jumbo Springs Wilderness (BLM)
  • La Madre Mountain Wilderness (BLM / Toiyabe NF)
  • Lime Canyon Wilderness (BLM)
  • Meadow Valley Range Wilderness (BLM) mostly in Lincoln County, NV
  • Mormon Mountains Wilderness (BLM) mostly in Lincoln County, NV
  • Mount Charleston Wilderness (Toiyabe NF / BLM)
  • Muddy Mountains Wilderness (BLM / Lake Mead NRA)
  • Nellis Wash Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA)
  • North McCullough Wilderness (part of Sloan Canyon NCA, which is managed by BLM)
  • Pinto Valley Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA)
  • Rainbow Mountain Wilderness (BLM / Toiyabe NF)
  • South McCullough Wilderness (BLM)
  • Spirit Mountain Wilderness (Lake Mead NRA / BLM)
  • Wee Thump Joshua Tree Wilderness (BLM)

Gardens in Clark County Nevada

  • The Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • Alan Bible Botanical Garden
  • Ethel M Botanical Cactus Garden
  • Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens
  • The Gardens at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve
  • UNLV Arboretum

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Museums in Clark County Nevada

  • Atomic Testing Museum
  • Brett Wesley Gallery & Museum
  • Burlesque Hall of Fame
  • Clark County Heritage Museum
  • Discovery Children’s Museum
  • Erotic Heritage Museum
  • Guinness World of Records
  • The Walker African American Museum and Research Center
  • Howard W. Cannon Aviation Museum
  • The Linq Auto Collection
  • Las Vegas Art Museum
  • Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement
  • Las Vegas Natural History Museum
  • Liberace Museum
  • Lost City Museum
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Marjorie Barrick Museum (at UNLV)
  • Neon Museum
  • Nevada State Museum
  • Nevada Southern Railroad Museum
  • Pinball Hall of Fame
  • Shelby Museum
  • Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Art
  • Thunderbirds Museum

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Parks and Attractions in Clark County Nevada

In addition to the larger parks below, we have smaller parks that have bike trails, running trail, nature watching, and more. Click here to view all of the parks in Las Vegas and Henderson Parks.

Desert Wildlife in the Southwest

Wildlife in Clark County Nevada

While we live in a huge wildlife area, there are times you may want to see the wildlife a little more up close, and below are a few places to take the kids to safely view the wildlife.

Click here to view Wildlife in the Southwest, which includes all wildlife, not just animals. (Please note, this is a work in progress as we document the wildlife we encounter while out exploring our amazing area.)

  • Southern Nevada Zoological-Botanical Park
  • Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay
  • Siegfried & Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

Zip Codes in Clark County Nevada

Some of the activities we will round up by zip codes to help activities. You can use the links below to find the zip code of interest to you to see if we have information about activities and places to visit.

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