There's more to do in Las Vegas than hit the slots. Active travelers can take a short trip to Jean, Nevada, for outdoor adventure in an area known as Hidden Valley. Ride through the desert on an ATV, exploring the trails of Jean Dry Lake’s surrealist landscape of sand dunes, rugged desert, and mountain terrain.
The best way to experience Hidden Valley is by ATV, dirt bike, or off-road vehicles known as RZRs, described as “souped-up golf carts” equipped with a cage structure. Guided tours depart from Las Vegas and head to Jean, a 30-minute drive away. Once there, travel through the historic Hidden Valley, its extinct lava beds, and Roach Dry Lake, then enter the rugged McCullough Mountain Range. Make your way to the Hidden Valley National Monument Overlook for scenic vistas of the surrounding desert.Things to Know Before You Go
How to Get There
- Wear closed-toed shoes; open-toed shoes are not permitted for riding.
- Drivers must be at least 16 years of age.
- Dress accordingly, as it can get hot especially during the summer months.
- The colorful Seven Magic Mountains, a large-scale public art installation, is located near Jean.
Jean is located just 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip in southern Nevada. Most guided tours offer hotel pickup and drop-off service to and from Jean. If traveling on your own, head south on Interstate 15 and look for the Sloan Road exit. There are ATV rental shops located near the town.When to Get There
Half-day tours typically offer morning and afternoon departure times. During the summer months, you might prefer to depart in the morning to avoid the strong midday desert sun. Overall, you’ll encounter the biggest crowds during the spring and fall, which is peak season in Las Vegas. The area has also become known for its Parade of Lights, when local homes sport impressive holiday decorations during December.
The Grand Canyon’s West Rim
Located outside Grand Canyon National Park, about two hours from Las Vegas, the west rim of the canyon is the closest section to Vegas and is known for its skywalk, a glass bridge from which visitors can see the Colorado River below. It’s also home to the Hualapai Indian Reservation and serves as a popular day trip.