After family members retired to the area, I too have felt this desire... The ability to get out into the wilderness so easily from a major city is incredible, and so. many. peaks.
I want to move to Las Vegas to access this place in the winter. There's an endless amount of fun to be had in this area.
Peaks I've done:
Northshore, Black Mesa, Hamblin, The Sentinel, Redstone, East Redstone, Mystery Cairn, Vista, Spirit, Manganese, Cathedral, Wilson