Rhyolite Ghost Town

Nevada is home to a wide array of outlets for adventure. Regardless of your unique taste for fun – be it trying out local restaurants, dancing worries away in premium clubs, or exploring outdoors with historical value – there’s a place in it for you!

If the last-mentioned adventure appeals to you, then a visit to Rhyolite Ghost Town will most likely satisfy your adventurous spirit. Read on as we reveal more about this town that was once highly sought-after for its promise of gold.

A BOOMTOWN DURING THE GOLD RUSH

Upon the discovery of gold alongside quartz in Bullfrog Hills in 1904, Americans from all walks of life were drawn to move to the area. The event caused several boomtowns to emerge. One of them was Rhyolite.

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The bottle house in Rhyolite was featured in the 1925 Paramount Pictures Film The Air Mail. Image courtesy of RETROFUTURISTIC and Atlas Obscura.

As Rhyolite houses the Montgomery Shoshone mine – the most promising mine back then – many chose to settle in Rhyolite. In 1906, it became the most populous town in the area.

It was also in 1906 that people began to urbanize the town, making it more conducive for living and working. According to the National Park Service, establishments in Rhyolite back then include:

  • Stock Exchange
  • Board of Trade
  • Hotels
  • Retail Stores
  • A school that can accommodate up to 250 children
  • Ice plant
  • Two electric plants
  • Foundries
  • Machine Shops
  • A Miner’s Union Hospital

Indeed, Rhyolite was at its peak that year! Back then, nobody probably predicted that it will begin to falter just the following year.

SHORT-LIVED BOOMTOWN

In 1907, two individual investors made a speculative investment in a copper mining company. Unfortunately, they lost big time. The event triggered a panic. As Americans feared for the security of their money on banks linked to the two investors, they started to demand cash withdrawals at the same time.

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The Financial Panic of 1907 triggered the death of Rhyolite. Image courtesy of Wikipedia and Atlas Obscura.

Soon after, running on banks was prevalent! People lost faith in banks and trust companies in general. They worry that these financial institutions also provide loans for risky investments. In U.S. history, this six-week-long run on banks was referred to as The Financial Panic of 1907.

The nationwide financial crisis led to the closure of several businesses, banks, trust companies, and mines. Of course, Rhyolite was affected. It started to lose power. In 1916, it became an abandoned town officially. Since then, Rhyolite was featured in several films like The Air Mail.

RHYOLITE GHOST TOWN RUINS

You can find several eye-catchy establishments and unique art installations in Rhyolite Ghost Town. Some of them are as follows:

  • Train station
  • Three-story banks
  • Small buildings
  • The bottle house. People built the bottle house using Budweiser glass bottles. In 1925, Paramount Pictures restored it for the movie The Air Mail. Locals also restored it recently.
  • Sculpture of a miner and his penguin – height: 20 inches; material: metal
  • Pixellated sculpture of a nude woman – height: 20 inches; material: cinder blocks
  • Life-size, fiberglass sculpture of the 12 disciples by Belgian artist Albert Szukalski
Rhyolite Ghost Town is home to unique art installations. Image courtesy of JRILATOS and Atlas Obscura.

Since 1984, several artists installed sculptures in Rhyolite. They did it as part of the Goldwell Open Air Museum.

VISIT NOW!

  • You can access Rhyolite Ghost Town by car. On the way to Beatty, Nevada, it is 35 miles from the Furnace Creek Visitor Center.
  • The heat is extreme in the ghost town during the summer, so carry lots of fluid!
  • Note that there are no facilities in Rhyolite except for a latrine-style toilet.

Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park

Mountain’s Edge is the number one master-planned community in Nevada. On the national level, it was consistently part of the top 10 master-planned communities. There was also a time when it ranked first for four straight years!

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Mountain’s Edge is the number one master-planned community in Nevada. Image courtesy of Mountain Edge’s website.

Focus Property Group is the proud developer of Mountain’s Edge. Just like its other projects, the real estate company designed and developed Mountain’s Edge with respect to its natural surroundings. For example, it revegetated Exploration Peak, one of the recreational amenities of the large-scale neighborhood, with desert-friendly plants. 

Clearly, Mountain’s Edge will not be a top master-planned community without a reason. Aside from the homes, access to various work, education, lifestyle, and entertainment outlets were also its points of attraction. This includes offices, schools, restaurants, and of course, recreational parks!

MOUNTAIN’S EDGE SIGNATURE RECREATIONAL PARK

Exploration Park is one of the two signature recreational parks of Mountain’s Edge. The other is Exploration Peak.

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Searching for cool parks in Vegas? Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park will pique your interest with its unique features, such as a replica of a western and Indian town. Image courtesy of Mountain’s Edge’s website.

Located at the base of the mountain, Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park stretches 80 acres. Western-themed, it features playgrounds, picnic areas, water play areas, walking paths, an excavation, an outdoor amphitheater, a replica of a western and Indian town, and many more!

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Exploration Park, one of Mountain’s Edge’s signature parks, features playgrounds, picnic areas, water play areas, and many more! Image courtesy of Mountain Edge’s website.

Aside from serving as an avenue for fun and play, Mountain’s Edge Exploration Park also serves as the main venue for the exclusive events for the Mountain’s Edge community. Furthermore, it serves as a source of abundant ideas on how to adapt a landscape to the desert environment.

OTHER PARKS IN MOUNTAIN’S EDGE

The other parks available in Mountain’s Edge are Exploration Peak, Nathaniel Jones Park, Paiute Park, and Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. 

Exploration Peak

Exploration Peak is a mountain park that measures 2, 846-foot tall. You can go up the mountain via bicycle trails or walking paths, both leading you to the view of the Las Vegas Valley and Mountain’s Edge. 

Nathaniel Park

Nathaniel Park includes a basketball court, a shaded tot lot, walking trails, and picnic areas! 

Paiute Park

Paiute Park is the newest park in Mountain’s Edge. It includes a multi-purpose field, sand volleyball court, tot lots, and basketball courts. 

Mountain’s Edge Regional Park 

While the Focus Property Group built all the above-mentioned parks, Clark County is the one responsible for Mountain’s Edge Regional Park. It built the 220-acre park in phases. It has completed the 18-acre first phase already. Fitness-themed, it features exercise areas, multi-purpose turf fields, a walking trail that extends 1.5 miles, and many more! Currently, plans for the succeeding phases are underway.

Reserve a pavilion in any of the parks. Learn more about it here.

Death Valley National Park

Do you love going on an adventure outdoors? If yes, then the Death Valley National Park will most likely pique your interests!

Death Valley National Park: A Land of Extremes

Located in both California and Nevada, the Death Valley National Park is known as a land of extremes. It is not only the hottest but also has the lowest elevation in North America! It receives fewer than two inches of rainfall annually, and the lowest point in the park, which can be found in the Badwater Basin, is 282 feet below sea level.

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The Death Valley National Park is home to the lowest elevation in the United States called Badwater Basin. Image courtesy of Adriaan Van’t Riet and Death Valley National Park’s Facebook page.

Despite the extreme heat in the park with the highest record being 134-degree Fahrenheit, about a million adventurers visit the park yearly! Many are particularly interested in the diversity of life in a park ironically named Death Valley National Park.

How did the park get its name, you ask? Well, during the period of the California Gold Rush, a group of emigrants traveled the valley for over two months, enduring hunger, thirst, and silence. One of the last to leave bid farewell to the place saying, “Goodbye, Death Valley.”

Flora & Fauna

You probably think of the Death Valley as an inhabitable place because of its name. On the contrary, it is home to diverse wildlife. Various animals live and thrive in the valley by adapting to the heat and water scarcity. The bighorn sheep, for example, simply drink less water. They can go on without water for several days and can drink gallons once water becomes available again.

The Death Valley National Park is the hottest spot in the United States with the highest record of heat being 134-degree Fahrenheit. Image courtesy of Death Valley National Park’s Facebook page.

Some animals, on the other hand, just rest during the day and stay active at night such as the jackrabbit and coyote. Nonetheless, there are still those who roam the landscape during the day despite the heat like the roadrunners. They possess a naturally high body temperature that allows them to do so anyway.

The Death Valley is also home to diverse plants. Of course, vegetation is abundant in places in the park with water available.

Places to Visit

If it’s your first time to visit the Death Valley National Park and you only have a limited time to enjoy it, the National Park Service (NPS) recommends prioritizing these spots: Badwater Basin, Artists Drive, Devils Golf Course, Golden Canyon, and Zabriskie Point.

Badwater Basin
Badwater Basin. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

Badwater Basin

Badwater Basin is a salt pan where you can see the lowest elevation in the entire continent of North America. During summer, you can enjoy viewing it from your vehicle. During months when the sun isn’t as harsh as it is usually, you can enjoy walking over it. Just after a 400-meter walk, you can see salt formations in the shape of polygons that seem to go on endlessly.

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Artists Drive. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

Artists Drive

The Artists Drive is a nine-mile drive that lets you see a view of kaleidoscopic and eroded hills. It brings you to the Artists Palette, which offers another awesome view that’s worth your camera shot! A Star Wars fan? Note that the Artists Palette is home to spots where certain parts of Star Wars, a New Hope were filmed!

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Devils Golf Course. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

Devils Golf Course

The Devils Golf Course is an extensive salt pan. It is full of spiky salt formations, which is why NPS stated that “only the devil could play golf” in the area. Since it’s difficult to walk on, NPS recommends viewing it from the parking area instead.

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Enjoy easy and difficult hiking trails at Golden Canyon. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

Golden Canyon

The Golden Canyon offers both easy and difficult hiking options! NPS, however, does not recommend hiking in the low elevations in the area during summer.

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Zabriskie Point is one of the most popular viewpoints in the Death Valley National Park. Image courtesy of the National Park Service.

Zabriskie Point

The Zabriskie Point is a popular spot during sunrise and sunset. It offers a view of the badlands of Furnace Creek.

Weather

As mentioned, Death Valley is the hottest place in North America. The heat during the day in the summer is usually around 120-degree Fahrenheit. At night, it can drop to the 90-degree Fahrenheit range. Needless to say, bringing lots and lots of fluid is essential when you visit the land of extremes.

Grand Canyon West: One of the World’s Seven Natural Wonders

They say that the best experiences come in the most extraordinary adventures. What else could top of something that allows you to have the most extraordinary and unique experience at one of the seven natural wonders of the world? The Grand Canyon! Extending far and wide, the Grand Canyon West offers activities in two separate sites: The West Rim and Peach Springs.

Grand Canyon West

Whether you are in it for social media, to be one with nature, the adrenaline or just the magnificent view, the Grand Canyon West is worth to be on your list. Roughly a two-hour drive away from Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon West is a meaningful trip you will make in your lifetime.

The West Rim

Skywalk

Soar the Sky and feast your eyes with the most beautiful view on the Skywalk – a 10-ft. wide glass platform that can hold the weight of over 700 fully loaded passenger jets and allows everyone to get a clear view of what is 4000 ft. and extends 70 ft. out over. And what better way to remember this splendid walk than to have your picture taken by the most excellent photographers.

The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West
The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West

Eagle Point

Just around the corner of this is the Sky View Restaurant where you can eat with a view of the Skywalk and the Eagle Point. Right, about the Eagle Point. It is a wondrous rock formation that is naturally formed into the shape of an eagle. Aside from the view, the site also gives you the chance to watch the Native American Dances at the Amphitheater. You can shop for handcrafted creations by Native Hands. You can also take a tour of the Native American Village where you can see traditionally built housings, ovens, sweat lodges and dwellings of the indigenous tribes of the region.

Hualapai Ranch and Zipline

Just about a mile away from the Skywalk, you can fly proud and free 500 feet above and 3,200 feet long in the Zipline at the Hualapai Ranch.

The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West
The Hualapai Ranch at Grand Canyon West

The Peach Springs

Colorado River Whitewater Rafting

The Peach Springs isn’t short of adventures. It is the site for the Hualapai River Runners. Get that exhilarating feeling as you paddle your way through the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River. Their offer of a one or two-day rafting adventures with the most experienced river guides comes with the immersion in the culture of the Hualapai Tribe – inhabitants of the Grand Canyon even way before it was known as a natural wonder of the world. The trip takes two hours from the West Rim.

Travertine Cavern Falls

The fun does not stop there. Guests can view local wildlife. You have the chance to hike at the Travertine Cavern Falls. Enjoy a refreshing lunch along the banks of the river. And if it’s not exciting enough for you, they also offer a very unique way to get back to the Grand Canyon West Rim – a helicopter ride! Although if heights are not your thing, there are other ways to continue the adventure.

Experience Sky, Earth, and Water like you have never experienced it before. Feel your heart burst into flames of passion and happiness. The Grand Canyon West adventures await you!

First Friday Las Vegas

What is the first word that comes into your mind when you hear Las Vegas? Some people would probably say casinos. The city is full of casinos after all, which even led people from all over the world to dub it as the Sin Capital of the World.

For me, the word is vibrant, and it’s not because of the nightlife entertainment that some highly regard the city for. Rather, it is because of the love for the arts that is evident in its culture. This is what non-profit organization First Friday Foundation is upholding through its First Friday Las Vegas Event.

Do a little shopping at First Friday in Las Vegas.

A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL CULTURE AND ARTS

The First Friday Foundation is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization that aims to promote local culture and arts through the First Friday Las Vegas festival. It is a huge believer in the creativity of Las Vegans and how creativity is deeply embedded in the culture of Las Vegas.

One of the murals you’ll see at First Friday

Basically, First Friday Las Vegas is an event that gives all sorts of artists and food vendors a space to showcase their passions. It is a gathering of the local community in support of local art and culture. What for? Well, it seems to me that it is all for the purpose of upholding the creativity in the culture of Las Vegas.

JOIN IN ON THE CELEBRATION!

First Friday is held in various places around Downtown Las Vegas. This includes the Las Vegas Art District, the Fremont District, and the Smith Center. Some of the locations where the previous First Friday Las Vegas events were held are at 1025 First Street and Charleston and Casino Center. The event usually takes place from 5 pm to 11 pm. 

If you wish to showcase your art masterpieces, you can submit your application online. A jury composed of three, which can be gallery owners, photographers, or artists, will review and approve it. The application has stringent requirements. For more info, click this link. 

There are Food Vendors available at First Friday.

For food vendors, the booth fees are $400 for food trucks, $300 for food tents, and $300 for vendors that offer dessert only. For the last kind, you must send in your menu for approval. Furthermore, the prices may still vary depending on additional requirements. For more info, click here

The admission to the event is free! But as you’ve read, there will be lots of art forms and food. It only implies one thing: bring cash! And oh, you can also attend the event as a volunteer, by the way. You can help in conducting surveys, taking photos, helping in organizing the event, and many more! 

First Friday Foundation also accepts donations and sponsorships. It very much appreciates all organizations that help in making the First Friday Las Vegas possible.

CAN’T WAIT FOR THE NEXT FIRST FRIDAY?

Take part in celebrating local arts, thus your local culture. Check out the video below to see a glimpse of what’s happening in the First Friday Las Vegas. See you there!

18b The Las Vegas Arts District

While most people know Las Vegas as a source of nightlife entertainment, little do they know that the city is also rich in the arts. If you are getting tired of the noise from The Strip, go to the Las Vegas Arts District or 18b for a different Las Vegas experience!

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18b or The Las Vegas Arts District is the home of many creative businesses in Nevada. Image courtesy of the Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

THE HEART OF ART AND CULTURE IN SOUTHERN NEVADA

The Las Vegas Arts District is approximately an 18-block neighborhood located at the southern Downtown of Las Vegas. It comprises of creative art galleries, bars, museums, restaurants, art studios, salons, boutiques, and many other businesses! It is also where the famous First Friday Las Vegas is held.

If you are ever around the area, below are some of the popular spots to visit:

ReBAR

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ReBAR is located at 1225 S Main St, Las Vegas, NV 89104. Image courtesy of ReBAR’s website.

ReBAR is the vision of TV producer Derek Stonebarger. It is a combination of a bar and an antique shop, hence the only bar in Las Vegas where everything is for sale! From the ReBAR signage hung at the store to the glass you’re drinking from, everything in the bar is yours for a price!

The Arts Factory

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The Arts Factory is located at 107 E. Charleston Las Vegas NV 89101. Image courtesy of Downtown Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

The Arts Factory features the largest city mural in Las Vegas! It houses around 20 businesses that are involved in various forms of art such as photography, graphic design, and fine art. It comprises of galleries, boutiques, art studios, and many more! For artists, the Arts Factory offers an opportunity to collaborate and network with other artists as well.

The Art Square

The Art Square Las Vegas Arts District
The Art Square is located at 1025 S 1st St, Las Vegas, Nevada 89101. Image courtesy of Downtown Las Vegas Arts District’s website.

Similar to The Arts Factory, The Art Square also features several art-related businesses. Some of the businesses it houses are the Cockroach Theater, the Artifice Bar, a salon, and even a wedding chapel!

Atomic Style Lounge

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Atomic Lounge Style is located at 1237 S. Main Las Vegas NV 89104. Image courtesy of Atomic Lounge Style’s Facebook page.

Atomic Style Lounge is a salon that can give you both a look from the past and the present. It provides styling, makeup, party, and wedding services!

The salon has a collectibles store that features items from the 50s and the 60s. It also sells current items with a touch of retro.

For special events, some bands play on the stage at the front of the store to give a sweet musical treat!

LV Healing Garden 

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Las Vegas Healing Garden is located at 1015 S. Casino Center Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89101. Image courtesy of Las Vegas Healing Garden’s Facebook page.

The Las Vegas Healing Garden was built as a tribute to the victims of the tragic October 1st incident, wherein a gunman took and injured many lives. It features a remembrance wall, trees,  and flowers, as the community behind it aims to “create something beautiful out of something horrific.”

SEE ANOTHER SIDE OF LAS VEGAS

Explore a side of Las Vegas that is unlikely the Las Vegas many knows. Go to Las Vegas Arts District today!

Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs

The Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs offers a respite from all the noise and crowd. It is an oasis comprising of a 680-acre park that features wildlife, lakes, greenery, and an amazing view of the Sheep Range and the Spring Mountains.

Floyd Lamb Park Wildlife
Some of the animals you can see in Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs are mallard duck, tree swallow, peacock, rainbow trout, goose, fox, jackrabbit, and many more! Image courtesy of F. Andrew Taylor and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Over 200,000 locals and tourists visit the park yearly to relax, go on picnics, take beautiful photos of animals, and many more. Little do people know that the park has been a work in progress for many years before it became the park they enjoy today.

A Work in Progress for Many Years

The history of the Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs dates back to the prehistoric era. People discovered fossils of animals belonging to the Pleistocene fauna such as mammoths in the area. Human inhabitation, on the other hand, only happened approximately 11,000 years ago. The first inhabitants were a nomadic Indian tribe called “Tudini”. They were succeeded by a native Indian American group called “Paiute”.

In the 1900s, a man named John Herbert Nay purchased 10 acres of land. He cultivated his property but sold it in 1929 eventually. By 1941, the property has a new owner by the name of Prosper Jacob Goumond. He transformed the property into a working ranch, which became a guest ranch eventually. It accommodated several visitors who even volunteered to do daily ranch chores sometimes. The ranch has grown into 880 acres over the years.

Floyd Lamb Park Entrance Fee
Floyd Lamb Park is located at 9200 Tule Springs Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89131. Image courtesy of David Becker and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

In 1959, a group of businessmen purchased the property from the granddaughter of Goumond. They leased the property as a working cattle ranch. It remained that way until the city of Las Vegas purchased the property in 1964, turning it into a city park and naming it after State Senator Floyd Lamb. This was short-lived as the state of Nevada acquired the property by legislative action in 1977. 

When the State saw urban growth around the park, the State believed the park was better as a city park. On July 2, 2007, the State transferred the park back to the hands of the City of Las Vegas. It was renamed to what it is now known today: Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs.

THINGS YOU CAN DO AT THE PARK 

Fishing. The park consists of four amazing lakes. From smallest to largest, they are the Willow Lake, Cottonwood Lake, Mulberry Lake, and Tule Springs Lake. For as long as you have a fishing license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you are free to fish in all these lakes. One fish you may get there is a rainbow trout!

Enjoy wildlife and amazing scenery. Just the sight of the animals makes this park a must-visit. Some of the wildlife you can see there are mammals like coyotes, foxes, and jackrabbits. You can also see birds and water birds such as peafowl, killdeer, kestrels, tree swallows, mallard duck, burrowing owl, and many more!

Floyd Lamb Park Fishing
As long as you have a license from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, you may fish in all the four lakes of Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs. Image courtesy of Martin S. Fuentes and Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Go on a picnic with loved ones. There are designated picnic areas for you and your family in the park. You can celebrate special events such as birthdays. You may reserve a pavilion beforehand. 

Visit the historic area. The park consists of 23 buildings. Some of the prominent buildings you can visit are the Ranch House, Adobe Hut, Power Building, and Water Tower. On a side note, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also houses the Las Vegas State Tree Nursery. 

Participate in programs. Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs also offers programs.

  • Pop up parks and recreation are available every third Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Gardening and recreation are available from 9:00 am to 10:00 am on Wednesdays and Saturdays; 9:00 am to 11:00 am on Fridays.
  • Historic tours are available from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays; and 12:00 to 2:00 pm on Fridays.

OPERATING HOURS

The park is open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm from April to September; 9:00 am to 5:00 pm from October to March. The park charges $6 entrance fee per vehicle. In an article from the Las Vegas Review-Journal, author Margo Pesek stated that the park charges $1 to those entering on foot, bikes, or horseback. For frequent visitors and senior citizens, she suggested inquiring about annual fees to save money. 

Dig This Las Vegas

There is always that exciting to play the sandbox as a kid, filling dump trucks with dirt and building sand castles even if it’s messy. Dig This Las Vegas is an adult theme park that lets you relive your childhood using REAL construction equipment! Big thrills, in a super-sized sandbox.

At first glance, Dig This looks like a sprawling building site. But this is actually the world’s biggest and U.S.’ first digger playground — giving grownups the awesome opportunity to control the big CATS, bulldozers, and excavators.

Visit Dig This Las Vegas, The World’s Heavy Equipment Playground. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

Excavating Experience

New Zealand-born Ed Mumm is the founder of Dig This LLC, a first hand and unique excavating experience in Las Vegas, where people can operate heavy machinery just as if they were on a real construction site.

Heavy equipment is fun to play with. Ed found about it while still living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. He chose to turn this idea of playing with big toys into reality by opening Dig This in the middle of Las Vegas in May 2011. Since then, thousands of people have come to dig up their five-acre lot with a bulldozer, an excavator, and even smaller equipment such as a skid steer and a mini excavator.

Drive Bulldozers and Excavators at Dig This Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

When asked how he came up with the concept, Mumm said that it was from his own personal experience. “I did some excavating work myself and after a couple of hours in the excavator, I thought, ‘if I’m having this good time, I imagine other people would enjoy coming to do this as well. A lot of us never really grow up out of our sandboxes. We drive past construction sites every day and wish we can have a go at it, but there have never been opportunities to do it,” he said.  Mumm opened a pilot version of Dig This in 2007 near his home in northwest Colorado. It was built on 10 acres and it ran for three years before he decided to move to Las Vegas.

Located just west of the Las Vegas Strip, Dig This five-acre patch of open land on South Rancho Drive has a clear view of the high-rise hotels and casinos just across the Las Vegas Freeway of the Las Vegas Strip. Dig This’ attractions include Caterpillar D5G tracked Dozers, Caterpillar 315CL hydraulic excavators, Caterpillar 279D skid steer track loaders and Caterpillar 305.5E CR mini excavators.

Half of Dig This’ Customers are Females

Here’s an interesting fact though, and perhaps unexpectedly, Dig This is not just a men-will-be-boys place. According to the company’s spokeswoman, Cathy Wiedemer, “Half of our customers are females, including housewives and grandmothers. Throttling up a powerful engine and moving mounds of earth is very empowering”.

Go to Dig This Las Vegas and drive one of their earth moving machines. Photo courtesy of their Facebook account.

Instructors are available to enable you to ace burrowing and driving. After a quick but detailed safety briefing, a breathalyzer test (guests with an alcohol level of 0.06% or above will not be permitted to participate) and operation instruction, an instructor will talk you through some basic skills via the headset that Dig This will provide for you. You will be digging, trenching, and pushing your haul around in the blink of an eye. Once you understand the basics, you will then be guided through a series of activities to test your skills.

Reviews

Dig This is one of the companies that has an almost perfect rating. People just love the experience and the feeling they get afterward.

Facebook: 4.8 Star-Rating

I will run out of superlatives describing the experience!!! Not only is it a fun experience, the guys running it immediately fill you with confidence in what is a complex piece of equipment. Also important is that safety is paramount. These are not some guys in a fly-by-night operation. Fabulous fun, a great experience and plenty of laughs. A perfect combination.
-Steve W.

Google: 4.9 Star-Rating

The highlight of this holiday! Great fun. Staff was all very friendly, patient and helpful. My instructor was Brian, he was excellent.
-Adam G.

Yelp: 5-Star Rating

I just have to say… This was the BEST activity to do in Vegas!
-Hannah K.

Unique and Exciting Activity for Your Next trip

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary in Las Vegas, something that’s worthy to be included in your bucket list, Dig This is a good place to check out!

*Participants must be at least 14 years or older to operate big equipment, and 8 years or older to operate skid steer loaders and mini excavators.

Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas

Have you reached a point in your life where you just want to take a good rest? A place where you can just unplug and breathe life in? You don’t need to go far away to do that. We know a good place within Las Vegas where you can be one with nature and experience various adventures, giving you the best of both facets of a vacation: fun and rest. Red Rock Canyon or Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (RRCNCA) is a place that has so many outlets of the stresses and sources of fun to offer.

Red Rock Canyon allows you to take on scenic drives and hiking trails. It allows you to do different physical activities such as rock climbing, biking, and camping. It also features wildlife, cultural resources, amazing rock formations and so much more.

Sunsets are more amazing paired with the landscape of Nevada. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Traverse an Amazing Scenery

Red Rock Canyon offers a 13-mile long scenic drive, which visitors may tour through a car or a bicycle. The drive comes with multiple scenic stops and trailheads. If you choose to take a tour of the place through your bike, there are designated paved roads and trails for you. As you go around the area, you would be able to see different species of flora and fauna.

Learn the variety of flowers you can see in the Mojave Desert. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Hiking and Climbing

Looking for a challenging hike or trail? You would definitely want to visit Red Canyon Cove. The place has 26 hikes and trails. It features a maze of canyons, peaks, ledges, chimneys, chutes, and gullies, giving you the opportunity to make your ultimate hiking or climbing experience! But if you’re a novice in hiking or climbing, don’t fret! There are designated trails for you too.

Interested to take this adventure now? Go for it, but just don’t forget to wear a helmet. Be wary of the falling rocks and debris as well as loose gravel as you make the most of the moment in the place.

Now, if you only have one day to spare in this place, we advise that you leave at night time. The view of the sunset and the sky turning dark is nothing short of spectacular! It’s one great way to end your vacation and prepare for your grind the following day.

There are individual and group shade structures available throughout the campground, by the way. There are drinking water faucets around the area for your convenience too.

Explore Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas and you might see a rainbow in one of their scenic views. Photo courtesy of Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas’ Facebook account.

Feel Alive at Red Rock Canyon

When was the last time you took a break? When was the last time you did something for yourself? If you can’t remember anymore, maybe it’s time that you do. Taking a step back is oftentimes what we need to take a step forward. Be grateful to live as you feel alive at Red Rock Canyon.

The Hammargren House of Nevada History

The house of Lonnie Hammargren, a former two-term Lieutenant Governor of Nevada and a retired neurosurgeon, is a remarkable tourist attraction in Las Vegas. It is impossible for someone who lives or pays a visit to Las Vegas to miss the Hammargren House of Nevada History.

Home to Three Houses

Hammargren’s abode is a sprawling estate. It measures to 12,000-square-feet and it is home to three houses. Every room in each of the house is themed. It is also beaming with artifacts from around the world. Eventually, Hammargren’s abode became known as a museum that showcases the history of Las Vegas.

Hammargren bought the first home, which he refers to as Castillo del Son (Castle of the Sun), in 1972. He outfitted it for two reasons: to look like the Palace of the Governor found in the Mayan Ruins and to function as a planetarium and observatory. Hammargren used to host a huge feast for Nevada Day, making the first home open for a tour for years.

One of the things you’ll see in Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum Home. Photo courtesy of Yelp’s review of Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum Home.

Besides being known as a NASA flight surgeon, a bronze star-winning Vietnam flight surgeon, and an earner of five academic degrees, Lonnie Hammergren is also known now for his odd collections. CNNMoney described Paradise Castle as the “only place in the world where you can find an Apollo space capsule, a dinosaur skeleton, Liberace’s staircase, the Batmobile, and a full-size Venetian gondola.”

He moved into the first home at 4218 Ridgecrest Drive, close East Flamingo and Sandhill streets in 1971 and later extended his accumulation into the neighboring property. TV’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has featured his home.

Hammargren’s House, A Hidden Gem

The home goes by at least three names — the Castillo del Sol, the Hammargren Home of Nevada History, and the Paradise Castle. Dr. Hammargren considers his stead its very own country and gives guests false gold coins with his face on them.

One of the reasons why the Hammargren home has remained such a hidden gem is because it’s difficult to describe what it is. Hammargren’s property is predominantly occupied by items from old Vegas casinos, an interior dome of a hotel wedding chapel, an Egyptian tomb (where he plans to be buried in someday) and Evel Knievel’s motorcycle. There’s also a spirit house from New Guinea and replicas of famous landmarks like the Taj Mahal; an Apollo space capsule, a replica of the atomic bomb, life-size T-Rex, and movie props.

You’ll see a roller-coaster car from the Stratosphere in The Hammargren House. Photo courtesy of Yelp’s review of Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum Home.

The Collection

Signs from Vegas’ mobster heyday, casino-related artifacts like Popeye and Olive Oyl from the MGM Grand theme park, a roller-coaster car from the Stratosphere, and the Showboat’s paddlewheel are what comprise Hammergren’s collection.

In an episode of A&E’s Hoarders on December 18, 2016, Hammargren admitted that he and his wife, Sandy, were mired in $750,000 in debt and unable to pay the mortgage on their principal home, Castillo del Sol, where most of his accumulation stayed.

You’ll see signs and casino-related things in The Hammargren House. Photo courtesy of Yelp’s review of Lonnie Hammargren’s Museum Home.

Amazing Reviews

There are several reviews from Facebook, Trip Advisor, and Yelp. See what some people had to say about the Hammargren’s Home of Nevada History:

– Cheryl Adamson (Facebook)

“Dr. Hammargren has opened his personal house up to the public for tours once a year on Nevada Day for many years, for a small charitable donation. Last year, there was talk about it being the final year that he was opening it up for tours, but I am not sure if that is true or not — he is about 80 years old, and it is a huge intrusion into his personal residence, but he is the one who sent decades collecting all of the memorabilia and he loves to share it. It is an amazing place to visit. I’ve been there several times, and if it is open again this year, I’ll probably go again.”

– Mike45LC (TripAdvisor)

“We decided to check this place out with friends. Lonnie was walking around and saying hi to people. I recommend a quick visit when it is open once a year. This is a unique experience.”

– Greg K. (Yelp)

Dr. Hammargren still opens his home to the public on Nevada Day weekends (the last weekend of October) to show off his collection, but take note that his collection is now housed at 4300 Ridgecrest Drive. For a private tour, contact him at (702) 596-6669. According to reviews, entrance fee to the Hammargren Home of Nevada History ranges between $15 to $25 per person.