Day Trips, Las Vegas
If or when you decide to visit Las Vegas. Not far is one of the man made wonders Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge.
I don't know if how many folks in VT have visited this area, but if you visited in the 1980's it was busy. It was a major highway for traffic to get here and there from Arizona, Nevada, and Utah. I can remember the trucks trying to cross and how dangerous I thought to be a major tourist attraction with so many tourist who visit this wonderful piece of man made wonders. After 911 it changed the access dramatically with having check points before anyone enters this area and before the bypass that vehicles had to be inspected before they could cross. So, what does the highway commission decide to do? Well, build another man made wonder! It is awesome and the fact they built a walkway for us tourist to enjoy was a good idea. I guess they knew folks would try to drive across to see the dam that way.
Well, here is some advice. You will not see it very well if you try to drive and that is because of the huge concrete wall barriers they used to separate traffic from the walkway. So, just take the stroll instead to see such a beautiful view of the whole Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead.
Frequently Asked Questions Q. DOES THE COLORADO RIVER BRIDGE HAVE A NAME? A. Yes, the United States Congress officially named it the “Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge” after two prominent local citizens who dedicated themselves to public service and the greater good. Mike O’Callaghan was a longtime Nevadan, former Governor, community leader, and businessman. He died in March 2004 at the age of 74. Pat Tillman graduated with honors from ASU and played professional football for the Arizona Cardinals before joining the Army. He was killed in Afghanistan in 2004 at the age of 27.
Hans and I have done this a couple of times and not everyone knows about it. You can TAKE THE SAM'S TOWN FREE SHUTTLE. Why? you ask!!! The Casino has a nice Family atmosphere. It has (had!) an absolutely wonderful Buffet. If you look in the Las Vegas magazines you will find a coupon for "FREE $10.00 Slot PLay" when you play $20.00. Sign up for your Free Prime Rewards Membership Card to receive your FREE Slot Play.
Sam's Town Shuttle Stops:
Harrah's Las Vegas
Tropicana Resort & Casino
Bill's Gamblin' Hall & Saloon
The fun really begins as soon as you start from Las Vegas. In the thirty minutes it'll take you to reach Bonnie Springs, you'll experience a desert wonderland of cacti, plants, and unique trees: The Yucca, the Barrel Cactus, the Prickly Pear, and the Joshua. You will see what is called "The Lord's Candle". the long stem that grows out of the center will burn for hours like a torch. The prospectors and settlers used them for light long before lanterns were abundant or even available.
When you reach Bonnie Springs, you'll see that they are nestled at the foot of majestic peaks. the colorful bluffs are a monument of historic mysteries. in fact, from the porch of our museum you'll see a door-like slab carved in the face of one of our peaks. the logical speculation is that it was an Indian altar but no one knows for sure. It is these things, however, and things like this that make a visit to Old Nevada so wonderfully unusual and so enjoyable to young and old alike.
If you're lucky you will see some of Nevada's wild life that roams free beyond the canyon walls. There are wild donkeys, horses, coyotes, polecats, badger, deer, elk, and big horn sheep. And, along with the poisonous sidewinder and green Mojave, there is the only poisonous lizard in the United States - The Gila Monster.
Enjoy swimming, horseback riding, the petting zoo, cocktails, dining, and the excitement of the Old West at the Bonnie Springs Motel.
They have beautiful themed rooms complete with fireplaces and luv tubs, or threy have kitchen suites available which are great for the whole family. For our motel guests, we offer our horseback riding Breakfast Ride, a 1-hour guided ride and breakfast, for only $25. The ride is at 9:00 am, and reservations must be made by 7:00 pm the night before.
Outdoor pools surrounded by private bungalows provide havens for relaxation. A full-service beauty salon and spa offer a variety of therapeutic and rejuvenating body care treatments in the European tradition. They are a world class spa featuring a complete range of unique facilities and services for both men and women.
They offer everything from Watsu or mudbath to a "couples massage" where you and your loved one can experience the wonderful relaxation of a massage together. Every spa experience includes access to our soaking mineral pools and eucalyptus steam room. The hair and nail salon offers all types of hair treatments, manicures, and pedicures.
For reservations and information, call (800) 459-PLAY (7529) ext. 6760. Locally, call (702) 346-6760. Certain restrictions apply.
All spa & salon treatments & prices are subject to change.
Not only does Ethel M Chocolates Factory have tours, but has this wonderful Botanical Cactus Garden. Every year they decorated the Botanical Cactus Garden from top to bottom with all kinds of colorful lights. It is Free too! It usually from Dec 1 to Jan 1, from 5:00-9:00 PM. Checked the web site for current times and dates.
When in Vegas, you also have to do all-you-can-eat buffets that all hotels have.
One of the bigger one I did was brunch at the Flamingo. Lots o' options especially dessert - there's always room for dessert (whipped cream on..)
At the Tropicana on Wednesday nights there is a seafood buffet for about $16. But there are coupons in the hotel for $4 off.
Freebies (in no particular order):
Lion Habitat at MGM Grand
Wild Habitat at the Flamingo
Fountain Shows at Caesar's Palace
White Tiger Habitat at the Mirage
Sirens of Treasure Island
Air Play at the Tropicana
Tropicana Bird Show
Volcano at the Mirage
OK, gamble, everyone does, but also get out of town (or at least away from the strip). See Red Rock Canyon (especially you climbers), only 45 minutes frim the strip. Rent a car, or better yet a harley and cruise the Red Rock Loop ($5 for a car, $3 on motorcycle). Have sausage gravy and biscuits at the Blue Diamond 76 truck stop. Go to Mesquite (1 1/2 hours by car from the strip), it has casinos, cheap golf on nice courses, horseback riding (including overnight rides), skeet and trap shooting. See the Valley of Fire (1 1/2 hours by car) the most beautiful scenery in the desert. Visit the Lost CIty Museum in Overton, while you are visiting Lake Mead. See Mt. Charleston there is good hiking and climbing and a restaurant near the top with a 24 hour bar. In other words, gamble but also see the nearby sights (even Death Valley is less than 2 hours away). Rent a motorcycle if you a re here in the fall or spring (way too hot for motorcycle riding in the summers).
A preserve are north of Mt Charleston. A small community near where the small herd of wild horses are easy to approach. They are not frightened by vehicles and some are pretty tame. Some even beg for treats
There are a few great Pow Wows scheduled around Las Vegas. An outstanding experience. The culture, the dance tradition and some ethnic food all for a unique experience. It is best to google "vegas pow wow " to find the current dates . They are in Vegas area and in Paruhmp.
You don't have to go to the East Coast, to see the beautiful Change of Autumn Colors, because it's right here in our Las Vegas Desert's backyard! Up Highway 14, just East of Cedar City, is a 29-mile-drive through the most interesting terrain and topography, you'll ever experience in the world. Bring your A.T.V. in the Summer and your Ski Mobiles in the Winter to Duck Creek Village and Strawberry Point. There's Lake Navajo Fishing, surrounded by black LAVA FLOWS; Log Cabins for overnight visitors at Duck Creek Village; Horse Riding in the Summer; Brian Head skiing, in the Winter; "hoo-doo's" that remind you of Bryce Canyon Park; Majestic mountain views, -on a clear day you can see the top of Zion; old volcano spills on the side of the roads; tall pine trees lining a black-top winding road; you just want to pull over at every pull-out drive, in order to take in the views! Some curves take you along tall boulders in a well carved river canyon that is just breath-taking! Watch out for falling rocks as the Winter Snow in 2009, dropped large boulders which came crashing down and closed the highway road (Hwy 14) until the work crew were able to blast and remove all the debri and all the many toppled trees!
At the top of the gorgeous 29-mile-drive is Mirror Lake, and Duck Creek Village, where you can shop, eat, rest, sleep, see some real estate chalets, participate in yearly festivals and get some gasoline, if you drove up straight through from Las Vegas. To continue further past Duck Creek Village, you won't need a map to find the street sign to Strawberry Point, 2 miles ahead at the open meadows clearing, and turn Right ( West), to a dirt road dotted with lovely log cabins tucked away behind mature evergreen trees for the next straight 6.5 miles; until it turns to the south into a widing sinouous-snake road where you'll find a view only short of the Grand Canyon North Rim! Yes! You've reached Strawberry Point, and the miles of sky and red rocks and forested mountain views and lakes, will make such a grand color contrast for your eyes that you'll feel as if you're chewing up candy for the brain! Well worth the car wash to remove the red dust that sticks to the framework of your vehicle. If you own a 4-wheel drive; the better. Just don't come in early Springtime. The meadow flowers, the cows and sheep grazing thinks it's wonderful but since the snow is melting, you don't want to get stuck in the red mud!
You will find several ATV trails ( you can Rent ATV's or Snow mobiles, in Duck Creek Village ), all around as the local "Fire Roads" keep them pretty well carved, considering the weather. There are many cabins tucked into the hills and I heard from the locals that most of them are retirees from the Las Vegas Area! Gee... I couldn't think of a better place to retire, myself. When the harsh and un-plowed winter months come about, we can leave The Edge of the World ( 9,000+ feet elevation), because I don't "do" snow-mobiles, and travel the rest of the world. BUT we'd be missing some lovely sunsets at Zion View Mountain Estates' cliff-side, I can tell you. The sky is a never ending art canvas, as the clouds roll by. Fire, rain and evening lightning storms are seen from a safe and grand distance, atop Zion View. Christmas is lovely with snow covered pine trees against the deep blue skies.
The meadows are filled with birds, tiny chipmunk, numerous deer and antelope, as eagles and hawks soar the skies above. There is no hunting near this pristine Dixie National Forest /Residential Area, but there is a lot of dry firewood from fallen trees you can gather and take home for the fireplace. The Sheriff and his team are known for keeping a good watch with vigilant roadside checks for "undesirables"... but frankly, I think the local folks are pretty good at "keeping an eye out for each other or any trouble-makers". Good neighbors are found on all the trails, willing to help anyone in need, up here, in these "hills." It seems everybody knows who lives in their area, able to identify their vehicles from a distance, and WHO, has visitors overnight! After all, this is a great quiet family-oriented area, as the wind frequently carries children's joyous laughter across the fields. What a delight to hear! All human senses are awaken here. Another place you hate to leave and love to go back to.
An intertesting place to visit. In the south desert of Death valley CA. A very old , family run farm wiith a vbast variety of dates grown on site. They use old jerseys to keep pests off the dates as they ripen. You can get dates and various breads and stuff at the store.
Of course when you are tired of gambling, if you have any $$ left that is, take a stroll through the Forum Shops at Caesar's. The whole place is designed to empty your wallet and bank account if they didn't get it at the tables or slots.
You will find just about every kind of store and shop here. Not just your ordinary shopping mall fare either, but some pretty classy, expensive stuff. Or at least it looked that way. Not being accustomed to shopping for these kinds of baubles I really can't say if they were real or not. I still have that $20 Rolex I bargained for in Tijuana, you know.
I think the most interesting store was the sports memorabilia place. Again, I have no idea if the stuff is legit or not, but I did see a huge gunboat which claimed to be Shag's shoe. And there are lots of autographed photos and equipment of sports stars both ancient and present.
Be aware that if you are in a hurry, go out to the Strip and walk. The planners have ingeniously engineered the walkways so that you can't get anywhere fast without going past every show window in the place. There are no shortcuts.
Rent a car and go north to Mt. Charleston. You will love it! But...bring a jacket...it get's chilly!
It takes you away from the lights and sights of Las Vegas. You re-enter nature. It's amazing to see something so awsome is so close to Vegas.
Once again, just have to ooh and aahhh about the scenery. When driving through the country here, you just set your car to cruise and fall asleep, the road can stay straight for a very long time, hills are rare, mountains non-existant.