Escape the bright lights of sin city for a few hours and get the adrenaline pumping on an off-road Hidden Valley adventure. This rugged desert landscape is punctuated by mountains, where remote trails beckon with the promise of a thrill-a-minute.
Hidden Valley day trips are high octane affairs, with rides on ATVs, buggies, and dirt bikes all up for grabs. Which will you choose?
Hidden Valley lives up to its name, being tucked away in the Nevada Desert just a short ride south from the Las Vegas Strip. This secret gem is even closer than Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and Red Rock Canyon so if you are short on time, this is a good option.
It takes about 30 minutes to drive to Hidden Valley from Las Vegas. Just hop on the I-15 south to the town of Jean, which is the jumping-off point for day trips to Hidden Valley. You will need to come off at the Sloan Road exit.
Choosing a Hidden Valley day tour takes the stress out of sorting your own travel. Even better, all trips include pick-up and drop-off at selected hotels in the city. The journey in a shared vehicle lasts around half an hour.
All Hidden Valley day trips begin with a pick-up from your Las Vegas hotel or a central point in the city. Then it is all aboard for the 30-minute journey in an air-conditioned minivan to the desert town of Jean.
There will be a short stop at the Seven Magic Mountains art installation along the way.
After a safety briefing from your adventure guide, you can practice new skills and maneuvers as you head out along the valley trails by ATV, buggy, or dirt bike.
Your driver will return you to Las Vegas after the tour.
Hidden Valley is a popular place to visit on a day trip from Las Vegas, so booking your tour in good time is essential.
These excursions are very active, but not all require prior experience so anyone with a sense of adventure can enjoy the spectacular landscapes.
Want a slice of the action but not too sure about ATVs? Then opt for the 5-hour RZR-900 tour, which is like a golf buggy with extra horsepower! This Hidden Valley trip is fun for couples and younger children aged 12 and over. The minimum driver age is 16.
You can ride double crewed for a bit of camaraderie, or have a professional driver take the wheel so you can enjoy the scenery. There will be plenty of stops at panoramic overlooks.
This is a great way to explore, with enough excitement to get the heart pumping, but plenty of control so even nervous riders can enjoy themselves. No experience is required, although riders must be 16 years or older.
You will spend a few exhilarating hours riding along the valley trails on this half-day tour, fully immersed in the mountainous desert landscape.
This is the most challenging Hidden Valley excursion, with intense moments and electrifying views at every turn. You do need prior experience to handle the undulating trails, and riders must be at least 16.
You may cover up to 50 miles of wilderness on the bikes during the 5-hour trip, depending on the ability of the group.
All small group Hidden Valley day tours include round-trip transport from your Las Vegas hotel or central meeting point. Equipment, water, and a professional guide are also provided.
ATV excursions to Hidden Valley start at $202 per person for a 5-hour trip, while RZR buggy tours are priced at $165. There is usually a maximum of about 10 guests on these tours.
Dirt bike trips cost $314 per rider, with up to 5 participants for a personal experience.
Day trips to Hidden Valley from Las Vegas are fun-filled and packed with thrills. They treat you to landscapes that are very different from those you may have seen at the Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, or Death Valley. So remember to keep your camera handy.
Hidden Valley sits quietly on the edge of Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, which is locally renowned for its hiking trails and ancient rock art. The valley is a haven for adventure junkies looking for next-level thrills as they embark on off-road explorations.
The extinct lava beds make for rather unique photos, so make sure you put the breaks on now and then so you can soak up the scenery. Head up to the Hidden Valley National Monument Overlook for panoramas of the surrounding desert.
McCullough Mountain Range
The steeply rising, craggy peaks of the McCullough Mountains surround the Hidden Valley on all sides, making you feel a world away from the city lights.
Roach Dry Lake
One of the most distinctive natural features you will encounter on your Hidden Valley excursion is the dry lake bed just outside Jean. This surreal terrain mixes sand dunes and mountainous desert to great effect.
Seven Magic Mountains
On the way to Hidden Valley, all tours stop at the Seven Magic Mountains art installation. These quirky colorful rock stacks look like giant marshmallow towers thrusting from the floor of the Mojave Desert.
Designed by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, the thought-provoking attraction is a creative expression of human occupation in this arid wilderness. It also makes a great photo opportunity.
Hidden Valley is a year-round destination, with tours available in all seasons.
During the summer you might want to opt for a morning jaunt to avoid the intense mid-day heat, as there is little shade in this arid valley.
Spring and Fall attract the biggest crowds, which coincides with peak season in Las Vegas.
- Drivers must be a minimum of 16 years and will need to take photo ID with them.
- Book your day trip to Hidden Valley in advance to make sure your preferred date and timeslot are available.
- Take a backpack to carry your personal gear as you ride along the trails.
- Pack plenty of sunscreen, sunglasses, and of course your camera. A headscarf is a good idea to protect your face from the dust.
- Water is provided on all tours, but you will need to take your own snacks.
- Long-sleeved shirts and full-length pants are required, as well as closed-toed shoes.