Doggin’ Las Vegas: Where To Hike With Your Dog When In Sin City
By Doug Gelbert
Sunset Park at East Sunset Road and S. Eastern Avenue is a traditional urban recreational park with ballfields and playgrounds. While lacking an extensive trail system, there is fresh green grass and shade trees aplenty that will be a welcome sight for any dog visiting Las Vegas. A paved trail traces the edge of a prominent artificial pond and beyond that is a patch of undeveloped mesquite-dunes land similar to what all Las Vegas looked like before the coming of neon.
For some serious hikes with your dog head out of town to the northeast and Valley of Fire State Park. The stunning red sandstone rock formations that give the Valley of Fire its name are the result of great shifting sand dunes. Two thousand years ago the Basket Maker people traveled here and left rock art reminders of their visits that can be seen today. In 1935 the Valley of Fire, now 34,000 acres, was dedicated as Nevadaâ€™s first state park.