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Outside Las Vegas
While there is nothing else in the world like Las Vegas, the bright lights, busy streets and faced paced culture of this big City can be overwhelming for some visitors. To give yourself a break from the bustle and learn more about Desert ecosystems that surround Las Vegas check out one of these natural places not far outside of the city.
Visitors who come to see these places are often awe struck by the beautiful and dramatic Landscapes, rock formations and wildlife that make ups many of these areas. There are also many recreational activities to partake, Not to mention millions of years of Geologic and human history to discover.
With its rich history, fascinating rock formations and famous landscapes the Valley of Fire is known as a great natural escape from the busy city life of Las Vegas. Here visitors can learn about millions of years of geological history through the dramatic and colorful sand stone rock formations that jut out of the valley floor. There are also ancient Indian carvings known as petrogypphs to see and hiking trails to explore. The Valley of Fire State Park is 50 miles north east of Las Vegas up Interstate 15.
The wild west stays wild at Bonnie Springs ranch. This recreation western town was once a stopover for wagon trains on the Spanish trail. Today visitors flock here for a day of western fun and can enjoy horseback rides, melodramas, historic museums, petting zoo and much more. This considered a great place for families and other visitors to escape the Las Vegas Heat and temperatures usually average 5 to 10 degrees cooler than down in the city.
Located in the Red Rock Canyon Conservation area, Bonnie Springs’ Hotel and Restaurants make a great stop for hikers and adventure seekers. Bonnie Springs Ranch is 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip south on Interstate 15.
A short 40 minute drive from Las Vegas down interstate 215 is the Famous Hoover Dam. This dam is considered one of the pivotal pieces of American engineering and has reshaped much of the natural and human landscape in this region. The Area is known for its spectacular views of the Canyon and rich history.
The 100 mile long reservoir created by the Hoover Dam is known as Lake Mead. This lake has more than 500 miles of shore line and is known for providing a great watery escape from the Hot Nevada Sun. Here Visitors can swim, fish, jet ski, sail and cruise in larger boats along the lake. There are also small tourists towns nearby with many other things to see at do.
Considered one of the natural wonders of the world the Grand Canyon continue to draws over 5 million visitors every year. This massive canyon shows millions of year of geological history in its many layers of stone and has been carved out over millennia by the Colorado River which flows through the Bottom of the Canyon. Most visitors see the Canyon from the South rim which offers stunning view of this dramatic high desert canyon which is more than one mile deep. The Grand Canyon National Park is roughly 5 hours outside of Las Vegas headed south on US- 95.