Lake Mead National Recreation Area


Lake Mead National Recreation Area boasts three of America’s four desert ecosystems – the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran Deserts- meaning this seemingly barren area contains a surprising variety of plants and animals, including some endemic species. With a wealth of things to do and places to go year-round, Lake Mead offers both its huge lakes for boating, swimming, sunbathing, and fishing, and desert areas for hiking, wildlife photography, and roadside sightseeing. 

Things to do:

 – Boat rentals
 – Camping
 – Canoeing and Kayaking
 – Hiking: More than 30 miles of hiking trails
 – Marinas
 – Ranger led events 
 – Swimming
 – Visitors centre
 – Restaurants
 – Scenic Driving: 13-mile scenic drive
 – Backcountry
 – Biking
 – Hunting
 – Horseback Riding
 – Photography
 – Picnics
 – Scuba Diving
 – Wildlife Watching
 Maps

Red Rock Canyon


Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area. It is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip and is visited by more than one million people each year.

Things to do:

Links: http://www.blm.gov/nv/st/en/fo/lvfo/blm_programs/blm_special_areas/red_rock_nca.html

Hoover Dam


 The Hoover Dam is located in Black Canyon, 35 miles south of Las Vegas on U.S. 93. It was named one of the Top 10 Construction Achievements of the 20th Century and continues to draw more than a million visitors a year. Built in 1930 and, despite the remote location and harsh working conditions, it was completed in less than five years — two years ahead of schedule — and well under budget.

Hoover Dam is the highest concrete dam in the Western Hemisphere, standing at more than 725 feet above the Colorado River. With 17 generators producing 4 billion kilowatts of electricity a year, it also is one of the country’s largest hydroelectric power facilities. 

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located 15 miles west of Las Vegas, via Blue Diamond Rd., in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colourful history


Things to do:

Links: http://www.vegas.com/attractions/near-las-vegas/hoover-dam/

Valley of Fire


Valley of Fire is located in the Mojave Desert approximately 58 miles Northeast of the Las Vegas Strip and covers an area of approximately 35,000 acres. It was named after the magnificent red sandstone formations that were formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago (Mesozoic Era). These brilliant sandstone formations can appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays. Other important rock formations include limestone, shale, and conglomerates.

Points of interest:
Hiking:
  • Mouse’s Tank: 20-30 minutes / 7/10 of a mile round trip / 80 feet / Easy
  • Atlatl Rock: 30-60 minutes / 1 mile round trip / 200 feet / Easy
  • White Domes: 30 minutes / 1 mile round trip / 200 feet / Easy

Maps

Links: http://www.valley-of-fire.com/


Spring Mountain Ranch


Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is located 15 miles west of Las Vegas, via Blue Diamond Rd., in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The many springs in these mountains provided water for Paiute Indians and later brought mountain men and early settlers to the area. This 520 acre oasis was developed into a combination working ranch and luxurious retreat by a string of owners who have given the area a long and colourful history


Things to do:
  • Super Summer Theater: Cultural events are put on by Super Summer Theater every May through September.
  • Living History Programs: Living history programs include costumed role playing, demonstrations and re-enactments of historic events such as the Civil War.
  • Main Ranch House: Find information about the ranch and surrounding areas, and can take a self-guided tour of the ranch house interior.
  • Guided Tours: Call the park for information on guided tours.
  • Picnicking: Tree-shaded picinic sites offer tables, grills and restroom.
 Maps
Links: http://parks.nv.gov/parks/spring-mountain-ranch-state-park/
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