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Red Rock Canyon
The Red Rock Canyon area is, arguably, the most beautiful area in Nevada—perhaps the southwest. Whether you are a rock climber, a hiker, a rock hound, or just appreciate the beauty of wild horses, bighorn sheep, and wild burros roaming free, this part of Nevada is just for you.

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area receives 1.2 million visitors a year.

The mountains in the Red Rock area were formed by a number of geological forces including fractured faults where the earth’s crust collided over millions of years and fossilized sand dunes. Some cliffs reach up an astounding 3,000 feet.

The sandstone rocks in the conservation area get their color from iron oxide. Over centuries the iron oxide built up, producing the vibrant, crimson color the canyon illustrates today.

One of the more scenic parts of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone Thrust Fault. Here, millions of years ago, two of the earth’s plates collided with such force that part of one plate was shoved up and over the other. This created a magnificent contrast between grey limestone and red sandstone.

This amazing conservation area is also home to about 200 different mammals which include burros, rabbits, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, hummingbirds and even a few wild horses, bobcats and mountain lions.

The 13-mile scenic loop drive exposes visitors to the geological history and splendor of the canyon. There are chances for photo opportunities at various locations including Calico Hills’ colorful sandstone, limestone Indian roasting pits, Indian “handprints” and pictographs at Willow Springs.

Since Red Rock Canyon is so isolated and quiet, many like this recreational area as a temporary getaway from the craziness of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s also a popular location for weddings.

On certain trails, hikers can even witness waterfalls cascading into the canyon.

Red Rock is open year-round and a favorite among many tourists, sightseers, joggers, hikers and rock climbers. Visitors can also go horseback riding.

Lake Mead
Just 30 minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip is Lake Mead National Recreation Area, which occupies about 1.5 million acres and 820 miles of shoreline. It’s a fun escape from the hustle and bustle of the Strip.

Lake Mead is the 16th largest manmade lake in the world and the largest manmade lake in the Western Hemisphere. Formed by the Hoover Dam along the Colorado River, the National Park Service established Lake Mead as a national recreation area in 1964. Lake Mead offers year-round recreation with everything from kayaking and jet skiing to swimming, hiking and wildlife viewing. Lake Mead’s Boulder Beach is a popular stop to paddle boat, swim and camp out by the shore.

Hoover Dam
Hoover Dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas on U.S. 93.

At the time of construction (1935), Hoover Dam was the largest in the world and although long since surpassed it is still an amazing structure and a marvel of engineering – a huge, curving wall of plain concrete 660 feet thick at the base and 726 feet high set between the vertical walls of Black Canyon, accompanied by strangely-angled pylons, cables, power generating plants and other machinery. In 1955, the dam was selected as one of the Seven Modern Engineering Wonders in the USA by the American Society of Civil Engineers, and it is was later designated a National Historic Landmark. Also known as Boulder Dam, the usual name commemorates the 31st president Herbert Hoover, who was in office during the start of the project.

Valley of Fire State Park
Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography. The park offers a full-scale visitor center with extensive interpretive displays. Several group use areas are also available. The park is open all year. Valley of Fire State Park is six miles from Lake Mead and 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

Mount Charleston
Just 35 miles northwest of Las Vegas visitors can find all the cool mountain breezes, fresh air and all-around scenic beauty of Mount Charleston.

Part of the Spring Mountain Range and Toiyabe National Forest, Mount Charleston ranges from 3,000 to 12,000 feet in elevation. It is Nevada’s eighth-highest mountain peak and one of the top ten most topographically prominent peaks in the United States.

Featuring trees like juniper, mountain mahogany, Aspen and Ponderosa pine and animals such as wild burros, songbirds, deer and desert tortoises, Mount Charleston feels a million miles away from the city.

Aliante Golf Club
This 18-hole championship course was designed by Scottsdale-based Gary Panks Associates opened in December 2003.

Located at 3100 West Elkhorn North Las Vegas, NV 89084. Phone (702) 399-4888

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure
You can experience the thrill of a lifetime! From 4 laps to 60 laps, you’ll enjoy the thrill of the chase as you navigate the turns of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway! The facility consists of a 1.5 mile oval with seating for 107,000, a 3/8 mile paved oval called the “Bullring”, a 2.5 mile road course, a 1.3 mile road course, a 1/4 mile drag strip, a stadium truck racing course, a 3/4 mile kart sprint course, and a 10 mile off road course.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 89115
Location: North Las Vegas

Dream Racing
Ferrari Driving Experience Dream Racing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 89115
Location: North Las Vegas

Exotics Racing
Exotics racing school is the ultimate racing experience in Las Vegas, Nevada. it’s the biggest exotics racing school in the USA! You’ll get real time coaching from pro racing instructors as you push the limits

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 89115
Location: North Las Vegas

Mario Andretti Racing School
You can drive a race car at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, “World’s Fastest Driving Experience”. Check website for schedule and programs.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 89115
Location: North Las Vegas

Richard Petty Driving Experience
Richard Petty Driving Experience puts you in a NASCAR race car for an adrenaline pumping thrill of a lifetime that gets you as close to being in The Race as you will ever get! Program offerings are year-round.

Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV, 89115
Location: North Las Vegas

Skydive Las Vegas
Nevada’s skydiving center for 14 years running. Tandem Skydive from over 2 miles high at 120 MPH for 60 Seconds, then enjoy a scenic and peaceful 5 minute parachute ride. You can see the entire Las Vegas Valley, the Strip, Lake mead, Hoover Dam, Colorado River & more!

1401 Airport Rd, Boulder City, NV, 89005
Location: Boulder City
(702) 759-3483