While you may think a flight to Vegas sends you straight to the slot machine, we’re way more interested in slot canyons. There is no shortage of beauty in the American Southwest, and Las Vegas is the perfect basecamp for exploring endless national, state and local park lands. Las Vegas is driving distance from Death Valley in Nevada and California, The Grand Canyon in Arizona, Zion National Park in Utah and so much more in between, making it the ideal location to start your Southwest road trip.
Flying into Las Vegas and don’t want to check all your camping gear? You’re in luck with these gear rental companies.
1. Desert Adventures/Kayak Las Vegas
Located 25 miles from Las Vegas in Boulder City, Desert Adventures, also known as Kayak Las Vegas, rents everything you need for a getaway to the great outdoors. Discover tents, sleeping bags, pillows, stoves with fuel, cooking sets, folding chairs, coolers and walkie-talkies. Rates are more expensive for one-day rentals while each additional day is a fraction of the one-day cost of the rental. If you want to have a little more adventure, take one of the guided kayak trips as part of your camping experience.
1647-A Nevada Highway Boulder City, NV 89005
Summer Hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily
Winter Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
2. Basecamp Outdoor Gear Rental
Niko and Joy, proprietors of Basecamp Outdoor Gear Rental tout several high-end brands of camping gear for your trip, including North Face, Marmot and Big Agnes. The company ships nationwide, but if you live in Las Vegas your gear arrives at your door at no extra charge if you rent $50 worth or more. Basecamp has four kinds of tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, four types of backpacks and plenty of accessories to make your outing more enjoyable.
7582 Las Vegas Blvd South Suite 548
Las Vegas, NV 89123 Phone: 702-339-3038
3. Lower Gear
Lower Gear has its physical location in Arizona, but the company ships to anywhere in the United States (including Las Vegas). Lower Gear specializes in more than 50 different types of camping gear, whether you need a huge tent, lightweight backpack various cook sets or a satellite-based communication device. Your rental becomes cheaper per day when you rent for a longer period of time. For example, a three-day cook set rental might come to $3 per day while a month-long rental could cost you 63 cents per day.
2155 E. University Drive, Suite 107 Tempe, AZ 85281
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m. (May through September)