Rugged mountain ranges, lush wetland valleys, and the hottest desert in the continent. Nevada is home to diverse landscapes—and a wildlife population that’s just as intriguing.
In northern Nevada, you’ll encounter the Great Basin’s sweeping valleys and massive ranges, as well as towering, aspen-studded peaks poking into the alpine zone. At the other end of the scale, southern Nevada’s Mojave Desert boasts some of the lowest, hottest, and driest conditions in North America. These regions feature thousands of creatures—some found nowhere else on Earth—while others pass through annually. Best of all, it doesn’t take much to find them.
Whether you’re looking for a quick beyond-the-Strip day trip or a true off-the-grid, back-to-nature experience, outdoor recreation opportunities abound just north of Las Vegas in the largest wildlife management area in the Lower 48. Even closer to your resort, you’ll find a birders paradise at the Henderson Bird Viewing Preserve. Cruising around southern Nevada, be on the lookout for desert tortoises, reptiles, jackrabbits, rare pupfish species, and bighorn sheep roaming freely in their natural habitats.