The Lakes is a planned community located within the city limits of Las Vegas, Nevada. This hidden area, often confused with Lake Las Vegas, is small in size, only spanning two square miles. It is situated in the western part of the Las Vegas Valley near the Spring Mountains and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Areas. The centerpiece of the community, and its namesake, is a large, man-made lake, Lake Sahara. This lake is also where the neighborhood gets its namesake. It consists of a blend of gated communities that are made up of large, single-family homes, condominia, commercial areas, and offices.