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Relax and rejuvenate with a HeliYoga trip to Valley of Fire with Maverick Helicopters. Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters.

Looking for a different kind of adventure? These easy day trips are close enough that you’ll be back in town for dinner — or more likely, that much-deserved trip to the spa.

Las Vegas’ closest natural playground, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, is just 17 miles west of The Strip. A 13-mile scenic drive along exposed red-sandstone cliffs connects to miles of hiking trails and some of America’s top rock climbing routes.

Giant boulders and majestic sandstone formations with names like Elephant Rock and The Beehives can be found farther away (55 miles northeast of Las Vegas) in Valley of Fire — the oldest and largest of Nevada’s state parks. Marked by areas of petrified wood and 3,000-year-old petroglyphs, movie lovers might recognize the valley as Mars in Total Recall or from scenes in the Star Trek Generations and Transformer films.

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Relax and rejuvenate with a HeliYoga trip to Valley of Fire with Maverick Helicopters. Photo courtesy of Maverick Helicopters.

Meanwhile, both Lake Mead and Mount Charleston serve as escapes from the searing summer temperatures in the valley. On the mountain, which tops out at 11,916 feet, hikers trek along trails to waterfalls or wind their way through pinion and juniper forests to ancient strands of gnarled bristlecone pines.

Boaters set out on Lake Mead, the reservoir and recreation area formed by the construction of Hoover Dam—a worthwhile stop itself, where you can tour the inner makings of the power plant, much like Chevy Chase did on his Vegas Vacation.

Himalayan salt cave at the Spa at The LINQ.

Himalayan salt cave at the Spa at The LINQ.

RELAX AND REJUVENATE
Follow up a tough day on the trails with a Sports Deep Tissue or Calming Desert Stone massage and an afternoon of relaxation in the Himalayan salt cave at the Spa at The LINQ. Or wind down with a day of pampering at the award-winning Qua Baths & Spa at Caesars Palace, where you can choose from any number of treatments or experiences. But if you believe more is better, then try the Four Hands Massage at Planet Holly wood Spa by Mandara. Here you’ll have the full attention of two massage therapists
using Hawaiian Lomi Lomi and classic Swedish massage techniques.

BALANCING BODY & SOUL
Not only can you take a neon night tour of The Strip or a flight to picnic in the Grand Canyon, but now Maverick Helicopters is offering unique HeliYoga trips to Valley of Fire. The 2.5-hour experience (for up to six people) includes a round-trip helicopter flight to the park and a remote 75-minute yoga session with a custom playlist and instructions transmitted to yogis through wireless headphones. “This is how yoga is meant to be practiced,” says Kyle Markman, cofounder of Silent Savasana.

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