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    Old Las Vegas Mormon State Historic Park

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    Under Bringhurt’s direction with 29 other Mormon missionaries from Utah, began construction on June 14, 1855 to build a 150-foot square adobe fort, cultivate crops, build relationships with the Indians, and act as a way station for individuals traveling between California and Salt Lake City. With the initial success of the fort, Brigham Young had called a second group of missionaries, including women and children, to the mission. Work among the Native Americans included aiding them in farming, preaching the gospel and baptizing. Many were baptized and even some Native Americans were called to serve as missions among their own tribes to preach the gospel. The discovery of lead ore in the vicinity led to more and more settlers to move here. Yet, tension arose between leaders, terrible heat, and bad crops, the missionaries abandon the fort in 1857 to return to Utah.

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    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    The park will remain open on Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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    Zion National Park

    by Andraf Updated Jan 17, 2008

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    Zion National Park, Utah
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    Zion National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Utah, about three hours drive from Las Vegas and not far from the Arizona and Nevada state lines. Southern Utah is home to many beautiful national parks; all of them offer incredible scenery and all of them are worth the visit. But the most impressive of them all is Zion National Park which covers 230 square miles of dramatic landscape of sculptured canyons and soaring cliffs. There is so much to see in Zion that entire books can be written about it (and probably already have). Most people who come here visit Zion Canyon, a scenic gorge carved by the Virgin River. Red sandstone cliffs tower above the canyon floor, some of them more than 2,000 feet above the river. Kolob Canyon is another popular place to see, with several hiking trails. There are so many walks, hikes, and climbs in this park, ranging from easy to very strenuous. You might want to budget two days for this trip or else it would make for a very long day trip.

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    Death Valley National Park

    by Andraf Written Jan 17, 2008

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    Death Valley National Park, California
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    Death Valley National Park is located in east-central California, right on the border with Nevada about 2.5 hours drive from Las Vegas. It is one of the most interesting places to visit in California. No matter what direction you come from you'll be struck when you enter the valley as the landscape will change from High Sierras to desert and the view of the valley like a vast emptiness with the mountains in the background is just breathtaking. Death Valley holds a number of records like being the lowest (282 feet below sea level) and hottest place in the Western Hemisphere. The valley has a lot to offer and is a great place for photography. Think about it... Canyons, craters, bright colors, sand dunes, good looking ruins, grand views. For those seeking solitude, it is the perfect place. Even if some attraction points might seem a bit crowded, if you leave those behind within a few minutes you'll find yourself completely alone. If you visit this place in the summer be advised that Death Valley is called as such for a reason. It is very hot and very dry. You'll
    need to carry plenty of water.

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    Old LV Mormon State Historic Park~Ranch House

    by Yaqui Written Jun 12, 2013

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    Ownership eventually landed in Octaviuse D. Gass in 1865. He had made some success with the ranch, but owed on back taxes sold he sold it to Archibald and Helen Stewart in 1881. In 1882 Archibald Stewart moved his wife Helen and their three children to the 960 acre ranch. What was unique about the ranch is the O.D. Gass had incorporated some of the remaining fort walls into the ranch house.

    Sadly two year later after establishing a profitable ranch. Archibald was shot and killed. His now widow wife, retrieved his body and made a coffin for him from the families doors. She stayed strong and remained at the ranch keeping the family together and ranch profitable. In 1893 the first post office was established naming it "Las Vegas". She later sold the ranch to San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad in 1902. In 1929, the Bureau of Reclamation used the fort's ranch house as an office for the construction of the Hoover Dam.

    The ranch house, the oldest building in Nevada, contains informative exhibits tracing the area's history, including a collection of photographs of the fort spanning from 1934 to 1992. The ranch house also contains a pump organ, spinning wheel and butter churner, all used by former inhabitants. Other artifacts found at the fort include an apple corer, cake griddle, rug beater and bullet mold. A replica of the first flag flown over Vegas is displayed along one wall, complete with 19 stars and 13 stripes.

    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    The park will remain open on Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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    zion canyon national park

    by doug48 Written Jan 26, 2008

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    zion canyon

    if you are staying is las vegas more than a couple of days a side trip to zion canyon national park is a worth while thing to do. this massive canyon is one of the natural wonders of southern utah. the canyon is about a two hour drive northeast of las vegas. the drive to the canyon takes you through a desert and an interesting canyon pass near the nevada/arizona/utah boarder. to get to zion canyon take I-15 east 121 miles to st. george utah. just past st. george take US 9 east about 10 miles to the canyon.

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    Old LV Mormon State Historic Park~Vistor Center

    by Yaqui Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    The fort is an excellent for the whole family to see and experience. They built a replica of the fort, yet one of the structure is still standing and has some wonderful displays in it. The visitor center has some excellent displays of not just the history of the fort, but of the City of Las Vegas too.

    500 E. Washington Ave
    Las Vegas, NV 89101

    The park will remain open on Tuesday through Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., but will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

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    Mojave National Preserve

    by AVG2319 Written Dec 7, 2005

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    Joshua Trees

    Get out of the city and see the beautiful desert 'scape' The Joshua Tree is the largest of the yuccas and it is the symbol of the Mojave Desert.

    Travel southwest (I-15) of Las Vegas right over the border to CA to enter the Mojave National Preserve.

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    Death Valley - The Death...

    by jenna24 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Death Valley - The Death Valley National Monument is located about 140 miles north of Las Vegas via U.S. Highway 95 and Nevada State Route 374. Beatty, the turnoff point, is a good base for excursions into the valley, offering moderately priced food and lodging, as well as plenty of casino action.

    Despite its arid, barren appearance, Death Valley is actually a fascinating and beautiful place to visit, filled with historic sites, unique natural areas and a remarkable array of recreational opportunities. Death Valley gets a bad rap because of its unpleasant name and the ominous sounding names of many of the landmarks found there.Perched on the northeastern edge of Death Valley National Monument is Scotty's Castle.

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    Death Valley National Park

    by mcpangie Written Mar 24, 2005
    Shoshone Entrance

    In March 2005 Death Valleyt wasn't an off the beaten path day trip. The second to the last weekened in March, there were 10,000 people a day were registering at the Furnace Creek Visitors Center (but they weren't checking people, and since some people don't follow the honor system, there were more). Anyway, about an hour and a half from Vegas is the Shoshone Entrance.

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    Flower Viewing At Death Valley

    by mcpangie Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Yellow Hillsides

    Every spring from late February to early April you can find some lovely flowers in Death Valley. In March 2005, the bloom was phenomenal and thousands trekked to the National Park.

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    Zion National Park

    by raevnzno Updated May 25, 2003

    Located just 3 hours N/NE of Las Vegas in Southern Utah. The drive is throught some beautiful countryside, and the destination is amazing. Zion National Park is a cool quiet oasis from the glam of Las Vegas. Springfield Ut is the small town just outside of the park where most of the accommodations are located. There is only one lodge inside the park. This makes a long day trip, try to spend at least 2 days here. You won't be disappointed. There are quite a few easy hikes that will take your breath away.

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