The city of Henderson is tucked away at the southern end of Nevada near the borders of Utah, California, and Arizona. This unique position provides convenient access to pristine mountain lakes, breathtaking rivers, emerald forests, and majestic natural formations. Situated close to most Henderson vacation rentals are nearly endless opportunities for sightseeing, fun water sports, relaxation on beaches, and family-friendly entertainment. Here are the top weekend vacation destinations close to Henderson.

1. Cedar City, Utah

Vacation rentals in Cedar City sit in a high mountain valley surrounded by natural wonders in southwestern Utah less than three and a half hours from Henderson. Just a few miles from town are Brian Head Resort and Eagle Point recreational areas, which provide world-class seasonal skiing and snowboarding. Cedar City is the gateway to several national parks and monuments. Cedar Breaks National Monument has a breathtaking circle of brightly-colored cliffs and nature trails for observing local flora and fauna, while Bryce Canyon National Park features numerous amphitheaters of orange and red sandstone along with stands of Ponderosa pines and pristine meadows. Visit Zion National Park to see some of the world’s highest sandstone cliffs. Happy Trails Adventure Co. provides guides that lead you on excursions through these gorgeous wilderness areas. Alternatively, Canyon Trail Rides offers horseback riding adventures in Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks.

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2. Kanab, Utah

Located in southern Utah near the Arizona border, about four hours from Henderson, Kanab is surrounded by spectacular scenery. The city is known as Little Hollywood due to its history as a location for many TV series and movies, including Gunsmoke, the Lone Ranger, Stagecoach, the Planet of the Apes, and many others. The Little Hollywood Movie Museum features a collection of some of the sets from the over 100 movies filmed in the area. Fascinating Moqui Cave, which once housed a tavern within its depths, is now a museum displaying fossils, minerals, and Native American artifacts. Seeking Treasures Adventures takes you to beautiful nearby areas for hiking and photography excursions. To experience the night skies as you never have before, join Star Party Tonight for a stargazing tour to Dark Canyon Star Park.

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3. Laughlin, Nevada

The town of Laughlin, Nevada, lies along the Colorado River at the extreme southern tip of Nevada about two hours south of Henderson. The Colorado River Heritage Greenway Park and Trails provides miles of riverside paths for hiking, fishing, and other recreational uses. Rent boats or jet skis at Laughlin Watercraft Rentals to explore the river and play fun water sports. Alternatively, join Laughlin River Tours for a dinner cruise aboard a comfortable steamboat. If you love shopping, head for the two-story Laughlin Outlet Center in the heart of the casino district, which has more than 60 eclectic shops along with an indoor food court.

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4. Moapa Valley, Nevada

The charming town of Moapa Valley lies alongside the Muddy River in its beautiful namesake valley about an hour and a half northeast of Henderson. Moapa Valley is surrounded by some of Nevada’s best recreational areas, including Valley of Fire State Park, an area of spectacular red sandstone formations with picnic facilities and hiking trails. To the south is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, a great place for swimming and water sports. The Logandale Trails System provides miles of scenic routes for hiking and cycling. Visit the Lost City Museum to view displays on the amazing archeological findings and history of the region.

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5. Big Bear Lake, California

Located on the south shore of its namesake lake, the town of Big Bear Lake is in the midst of the beautiful San Bernardino Mountains, just over four hours southwest of Henderson. Rent a power boat, pontoon boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard at Big Bear Marina, and enjoy water sports on the lake. Fish Big Bear Charter Services out of Big Bear Marina guides you to the best locations to angle for large rainbow trout. For a relaxing tour on a comfortable two-level boat, take the Miss Liberty Paddlewheel out of Pine Knot Marina. Paddles and Pedals rents bicycles so you can take advantage of the Castle Rock Trail, the Pine Knot Trail, the Skyline Trail, and the many miles of other scenic trails available for cycling.

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6. Flagstaff, Arizona

The city of Flagstaff, a convenient gateway for exploration of the Grand Canyon, is in central Arizona less than four and a half hours from Henderson. Grand Canyon Adventures provides guided day tours to Grand Canyon National Park. For a comfortable train trip to the site, take the Grand Canyon Railway out of nearby Williams. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular natural beauty at the Arboretum at Flagstaff. The Museum of Northern Arizona has fascinating displays on the geology, natural history, and Native American culture of the region. For thrilling aerial adventures, try the zip lines and other challenges at the Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course at Fort Tuthill County Park.

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7. Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Beautiful Lake Havasu City lies on the eastern shore of the Colorado River about three hours southeast of Henderson. Be sure to take an interesting Lake Havasu City Visitor Center walking tour of the London Bridge, which was imported from the City of London and reassembled between an island and the mainland at Lake Havasu. Pleasant sand beaches at Lake Havasu State Park, Rotary Community Park, and London Bridge Beach provide opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. Desert Sun Watersports rents pontoon boats to help you explore the lovely river or power boats for water skiing, wake surfing, and wakeboarding. For an unforgettable adventure, rent some equipment, and join a guided underwater tour with Scuba Training and Technology.

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