It’s that perfect time of year again.

After scorching summer months and a fiery fall, the City of Sin has transformed into a warm and welcoming winter retreat ideal for exciting outdoor exploration.

From nature hikes and water sports to helicopter flights, here are six ways to get outside and discover the best that Nevada has to offer at this magical time of year.

1. Visit the Valley of Fire

As you might have guessed from its evocative name, the scenic beauty of Nevada’s largest and oldest state park can become sweltering during the summer months. With temperatures of up to 120 degrees, the dazzling orange and red sandstone formations seem truly scorching, and most visitors can only manage a brief stay in the desert heat.

But in the winter it’s a different story. You can pack a picnic and enjoy a day trip in the valley, or stay at one of the 72 campsites for a night surrounded by the artistry of the canyons. While winter in the Valley of Fire is colder, it’s usually still warm enough for a comfortable night beneath the stars.

2.  Fly Over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is easily one of the must-see wonders of the world. With its multicolored chasm that spans for miles, this natural site is best viewed from above – in the seat of a helicopter.

While more than 5 million people visit the Grand Canyon each year, most of them come during the summer season, between April and October. Summer is a great time for last-minute road trips and family gatherings, but consider visiting during the off-season instead — and on a tour from the sky. It’s much easier to enjoy the stunning vista from the Skywalk with fewer tourists around.

3. Take a Cruise on Lake Mead

The 16th-largest man-made lake in the world is one of the most amazing places to visit near Las Vegas when you need a break from the neon lights of the Strip. Lake Mead was created in the 1930s and has since become a spot for rest, relaxation, and recreation, without forcing visitors to stray too far from the action. The Hoover Dam is a feat of engineering and an impressive sight, too.

During the winter months, you can take a cruise and soak up the sights from the comfortable deck of a huge paddle-boat. There are even sunset excursions, which guarantee a romantic night for you and your loved one.

4. Hit the Slopes

It’s hard to imagine Las Vegas as a place for hot chocolate, lodge hotels, and alpine sports. But only an hour outside of the city is the Ski and Snowboard Resort in Lee Canyon, complete with all the festive fun of winter.

There are 30 trails catering to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities, which provide enough outdoor entertainment for a weekend or a week. If you’d prefer not to stay in the resort itself, you can always drive out there for a day and be back at your home on the Strip for dinner.

5. Unwind in the Hot Springs

If you’ve spent a day hiking through one of the many trails offered around Las Vegas, you’ll probably need a little bit of pampering by the time the evening rolls around. Fortunately, the Gold Strike Hot Springs offers just that. After a challenging canyon scramble, you can take a soak in one of the most appealing natural hot springs in the state.

The 6.5-mile trip to the springs isn’t exactly designed for beginners, but the good news is that you can stop at various locations along the way to bathe in warm pools, search for the cave of wonders, and enjoy a rest beside the Colorado River.

6. Explore Death Valley

Known as the driest and hottest location in the country, Death Valley might not seem like the best place to get some R&R. But even though temperatures can reach highs of about 116 degrees in July, winter is hiking season, with plenty of soft sand dunes to explore.

You experienced Sin City’s indoor attractions this summer – now’s the time to explore the outdoors. The months of October to March are perfect for making the most of the Las Vegas area.

Contact Sky Condos today and learn more about how you can own your dream property in Las Vegas, where there’s lots to do any season of the year.