So you have driven up and down the Las Vegas Blvd., you are bored stiff
and say to yourself, “What do the people who live here do for fun?”
Well we certainly don't visit the strip on a regular basis that is for
sure. There is lots to do around Las Vegas, and most of it does not
include gambling. This portion of the web site is devoted to Vegas points of interest. Not just in Las Vegas, but neighboring areas.
While traveling around the Las Vegas area, you might want to consider
the outer reaches of the region. the regions of Arizona, southern Nevada,
southern Utah and the high and low deserts of California, have beautiful
contrast with sand dunes and steep granite peak, or meteor craters and
limestone caverns, or desert hot springs and cascading waterfalls. Many
people overlook this area, but once you really take a look inside this
region you may never want to leave.
This section is divided into eight chapters, so you can inspect them
by area. If you should ever get lost at this site, you can always click
to AFTER YOU STRIP in the contents on your left in any chapter. This will
take you to the Table of Contents for this section. Not all of the interesting
places are in these chapters. But many of the fun places that are
easily accessible are. The depth of your trip will depend on how adventurous
The selections on the left give you an overview of what is included
in the chapter. click on the heading in this frame to go to the chapter
itself. Hope this is a bit informative and fun for you. We always appreciate
your comments as well.
Not all chapters and sites are loaded, but
they will be added in the future. The future also includes maps, pictures,
and directions on how to get there from Las Vegas. Sites that are NOT
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This mountain range make up the western boundary of the Las Vegas Valley.
It is truly unique, because the land ranges from a very arid desert to
alpine vegetation and climate. Almost around every corner you can
find something interesting, like a real oasis, of how about an aspen grove.
All this is only 15 minutes to 45 minutes from Las Vegas itself!
This chapter includes:
The closest thing to a theme park Las Vegas has ever had, and most of it
A mountain pass that once was the ‘SAFE’ viewing spot of above ground nuclear
testing. Beautiful panoramic views of the desert from the mountains.
The alpine area near the top of Mount Charleston that has a lodge,
cabins for hire and a full service hotel.
A canyon on Mount Charleston that hosts Las Vegas’ only ski resort.
45 minutes away from Las Vegas and 20° cooler. This is a whole
different world. Its the Alps, without the language barrier.
RED ROCK CANYON
Once an inland sea and sand dunes, this strange group of rock formations
is colorful as well as inviting to climb.
RANCH A state park that was once the working ranch
of Howard Hughes.
RANGE A colorful group of limestone, granite and sandstone
cliffs and mountains that were formed by violent faulting in the region.
The Lake Mead region is just east of Las Vegas. Not only is there water
recreation, but there are several historical, anthropological and geological
features in the that may appeal to your senses. Even the drive around Lake
Mead is spectacular. This chapter includes:
COLORADO RIVER The river that runs through
much of the west has a lot to offer for the tourist.
COTTONWOOD COVE a sandy oasis, in an isolated
cove, that is on Lake Mohave.
HOOVER DAM The hydroelectric dam that holds
back Lake Mead on the Colorado River.
LAKE MOHAVE One of the lakes that is along
the Colorado River.
LAKE MEAD This lake is the largest man
made body of water in the world.
LOST CITY An anthropological site and museum
that chronicles the life and times of the Native Americans that once lived
with nature in this area.
NELSON’S LANDING This beautiful area on
the Colorado River was once the site of a natural disaster.
ROGERS SPRING A real oasis in the desert.
including palm trees and hot springs.
VALLEY OF FIRE Sandstone formations that
was a very spiritual site for the Native Americans in the area. Many petroglyphs
and walking trails.
This vast high desert stretches from just north of Los Angeles all the
way to the Nevada boarder. It not only contains the usual desert
flora and fauna, but also many other rare and unusual sights and interesting
towns. This chapter contains:
AMBOY CRATER, a volcanic crater that erupted
about 6,000 years ago.
BAKER This is the town that is the southern
gateway to Death Valley.
BARSTOW is a historic railroad town that
has lots to do including a nearby ghost town.
CIMA DOME is a 75 square mile dome of hardened
magma is all that remains of this volcano.
DESERT TORTOISE NATURAL AREA is one of
the only places where the desert tortoise exists in fair numbers.
MITCHELL CAVERNS has several different
caves to visit. One of the few Limestone caves open to the public in the
RAINBOW BASIN is a geologic masterpiece,
with many different landforms and colors, plus fossils.
RED ROCK CANYON STATE PARK has many activities
for the whole family. Very picturesque and tranquil.
SEARLES LAKE is a dry lake contains over
500 calcium carbonate towers, called tufa. Some of them are over 100 feet
ZZYZZX is that weird road near Baker. This
is an educational facility that is open to to the public.