Winter in Las Vegas with Valley of Fire State Park Visit

After three months of non-stop travel from Florida to Nevada in our self-converted van with lots of exploring in Colorado, Utah we welcomed a winter-break for work in Las Vegas and enjoyed the change in pace and environment. After living in a small van for three months, it was great to stay at a studio apartment with a real kitchen, a toilet and hot water! Which is a luxury when living minimally in a van.

Spending the winter in Las Vegas is a fun way to enjoy mild temperatures, plenty of sunshine and lots of great outdoor activities from hiking, running, biking, swimming, kayaking, outdoor workouts and more. On our time off we loved camping and hiking at Valley of Fire State Park, trail running in the Las Vegas hills and surrounding desert and wild camping at Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

These were our favorite running and hiking trails in and around Las Vegas:

Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area, and Calico Basin Trails:
https://www.hikingproject.com/directory/8013577/calico-basin
https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/wp-content/uploads/rrckeystone2017_vfin-web.pdf

Valley of Fire State Park:
http://parks.nv.gov/forms/Valley_of_Fire_Map_1_SE_HWY_162_NET_otln_reduced_2014-02-10.pdf

Hollywood Regional Park (with the adjacent Hollywood Aquatic Center):
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/hollywood-parkinformation.aspx

Clark County Wetlands Park:
https://www.clarkcountynv.gov/parks/Pages/cc-wetlands-park-homepage.aspx

River Mountains Loop Trail:
https://rivermountainstrail.org/

Lake Mead – Multiple Trails:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/hike.htm
http://npmaps.com/lake-mead/

Pittman Wash Trail:
https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/nevada/pittman-wash-trail

Our favorite Las Vegas Vegan-friendly Restaurants:

Violette’s Vegan Organic Cafe and Juice Bar:
https://violettesvegan.com/

Vegenation:
https://vegenationlv.com/

Simply Pure:
http://www.simplypurelv.com/

Veganos Kitchen:
https://www.facebook.com/VeganosKitchen/

Mint Indian Bistro:
http://www.mintbistro.com/

Turmeric Flavors of India:
http://www.turmericflavorsofindia.com/

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Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Vanlife and Full Time Travel Gear: https://wander.green/20-eco-friendly-van-life-gift-ideas/

Our Favorite Dry Camping and Boondocking Gear: https://wander.green/dry-camping-gear-checklist/

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera:
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Vanlife Valley of Fire State Park and Lake Mead National Recreation Area Nevada Boondocking and Camping

Boondocking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and camping at Valley of Fire State Park are one of our favorite places to enjoy the Nevada USA desert near Las Vegas!


We got stuck in the sand at Lake Mead and were so grateful for the group of overlanders from Germany who also camped out nearby at the Lake. They helped us out to get our van out of the loose sand. Other than that it was a very peaceful couple of days of dry camping at Lake Mead and at the nearby Valley of Fire State Park where we also enjoyed a couple great hikes.

Valley of Fire State Park Nevada
Valley of Fire State Park Nevada

Boondocking at Lake Mead National Recreation Area is free with an annual America The Beautiful Pass and Valley of Fire State Park has first-come, first-served only sites.

Check out their regulations and info here:
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/upload/LAKE-Brochure-Map-2014.pdf
https://www.nps.gov/lake/planyourvisit/backcountry.htm
http://parks.nv.gov/parks/valley-of-fire

Music credit for this video: Written In Stone by Dayon, Summer Cosy 7 by Anders Ekengren, Goodbye Memory Lane by Martin Carlberg

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Our Favorite Dry Camping and Boondocking Gear:
https://wander.green/dry-camping-gear-checklist/

Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Vanlife and Full Time Travel Gear:
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Canon EOS Rebel SL2 DSLR Camera:
https://amzn.to/2uEAMgV

Rode VideoMic with Fuzzy Windjammer Kit:
https://amzn.to/2LrIWTr

GoPro HERO5 Session:
https://amzn.to/2JIVDnO

Accessories Kit for GoPro:
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EVO Gimbal:
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Hiking the Peek-A-Boo Loop Trail – Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

We loved hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park on the Peekaboo Loop Trail. The trail is listed as a strenuous hike due to changes in elevation from the trailhead to the canyon floor. The loop is 5.5 miles long and moderately trafficked.

The hike leads to a landscape that looks like out of a fairy tale where hikers can admire multiple rock windows, hoodoo spires and incredibly beautiful rock formations ranging from pink and apricot to white and brown shades. Check out the National Park page for more info: https://www.nps.gov/brca/index.htm

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Day Hiking The South Rim Grand Canyon National Park

Come explore with us portions of the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and Grandview Trail! Hiking in the Grand Canyon National Park is one of the most mesmerizing ways to explore this majestic natural wonder.

We hoped to get a backpacking permit for a multi-day loop hike but even after 3 attempts we did not make the lottery.

Since one of us already had been to the North Rim we decided to explore the South Rim this time and do a few different day hikes on the Bright Angel Trail, South Kaibab Trail and Grandview Trail. And of course every morning we went to the rim to watch the wonders of the sunrise over the canyon, which is a magical special experience for sure.

For more info visit the Grand Canyon National Park website: https://www.nps.gov/grca/index.htm

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