Explore Lake Mead from your Las Vegas Timeshare

published on July 21, 2010 by

Las Vegas is certainly the place for glitz and glamour, but are you aware that it is also a perfect place to get out and enjoy the great outdoors? Amazingly, located just a half hour from Las Vegas, is Lake Mead, the largest reservoir in the United States. Rent a Las Vegas timeshare then head out of town a hop and a skip and you’ll find yourself in a wonderful world of outdoor recreation.

Created by the Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Lake Mead extends a whopping 112 miles behind the dam, and holds approximately 9.28 trillion gallons of water. Jagged mountain ranges surround the lake, offering a startlingly beautiful backdrop, especially at sunset.

The Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which actually includes three separate lakes, offers year-round recreational opportunities. Boating is the most popular, and with five marinas there are plenty of boats to rent. Grab a power boat to show off your water-skiing skills. Go kayaking, or you can take a boat exploring – you’ll discover sandy coves and rocky cliffs, and even several islands, depending on the water level. You’ll also find numerous opportunities for sunbathing and swimming.

Or why not rent a boat and go out fishing? You can catch fresh fish to take back and cook up in your timeshare for dinner. There’s a smorgasbord of choices including largemouth bass, striped bass, channel catfish, and bluegill. Here’s a secret – Fishermen go for the big trout at Willow Beach, while Cottonwood Cove and Katherine offer great bass fishing.

Those of you who prefer exploring the desert will find the Lake Mead Recreation Area covered in great hiking trails where you’ll come across amazing desert plants and animals that have adapted to survive in the extreme conditions of scarce water and high temperatures.

There are also great bike trails along scenic Northshore Road, Lakeshore Drive or the 35 mile-long River Mountains Loop Trail. Approved backcountry roads are marked with a yellow arrow sign with a number on it. Remember to carry plenty of water, cycle with a friend, and let someone know your itinerary.

This is beautiful, wild country and a wonderful experience for all ages. However, when it’s time for more action, head back to your Las Vegas timeshare. There are many timeshare rentals available in Las Vegas, most at great budget prices. For example, the Wyndham Grand Desert starts at just $82/night, the luxurious HGVC at the Flamingo starts at $100/night, and Marriott’s Grand Chateau starts at a budget-friendly $61/night.

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