The Outdoorsman

            Las Vegas offers endless activities away from the strip for the outdoor lovers.   There's Mt. Charleston, Lake Mead and Hoover Dam to name a few.  Closer to the strip and only 30 minutes away is Red Rock Canyon.

Red Rock Canyon Map

      Only a 30-minute drive west of the Strip lies Red Rock Canyon, classic south-western desert scenery, a technicolour natural conservation area composed of sandstone bluffs, seasonal waterfall oasis, and desert hiking trails that wind past prime wildlife watching areas.

Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

Red Rock Canyon State Park

              Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is adjacent to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and has been used historically as a working ranch and a luxury retreat by a string of colorful owners, including German actress Vera Krupp and millionaire Howard Hughes.

              Hiking trails throughout the park, in addition to tree-shaded picnic sites with tables and grills, make day trips to the park a family favorite. And, every year Super Summer Theatre offers a variety of outdoor shows to enjoy.         

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon

Calico Basin Red Springs at Red Rock Canyon photo  by Sam_Shots

Calico Basin Red Springs at Red Rock Canyon

      Red Springs Picnic AreaCalico Basin Trail

          Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a beautiful U.S. Bureau of Land Management area on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley, featuring unmatchable natural beauty.
           Calico Basin is a colorful area tucked between the gray limestone La Madre Mountains to the north, the red sandstone Calico Hills to the west, and a desert ridge to the south. Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also runs in washes to the north and south of the springs during the winter months.
           The water supports large cottonwood trees, ash trees, shrub live oak, honey mesquite, and Saltgrass meadows. Red Spring flows from a shallow tunnel in the rocks at the end of the road. The outflow from Red Spring also feeds a beautiful marshy grassland.

Bonnie Springs Ranch

            Bonnie Springs offers a old time western experience like no other. Located in the heart of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – great for locals, tourists and hikers/climbers to stay the night or stay the week.  Enjoy waking up to the old West, view and experience firsthand the original old West town.   Children and pets are welcome in all of the Standard Rooms and Kitchen Suites. All Kitchen Suites offer : Queen sofa sleeper; master bedroom, two television areas and equipped kitchen.  The Western Themed “Get-A-Way” (Fireplace) rooms are extra large and highlighted by an electric log fireplace.
          Visit the Old Town . As seen on Ghost Adventures! The wild west is still as wild as ever in Bonnie Springs Ranch’s Old Nevada Town,  a replica of an authentic 1880’s mining town.
          Eat in the Restaurant Bar. The restaurant is open daily from 9am to 9pm!   Bonnie Springs is busy serving up the best burgers, chicken, and ribs in the West.     Try the famous authentic bison burger!   Enjoy live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights when they stay open a little later.     Then there's Horseback Riding and the Petting Zoo.    Don't miss Bonnie Springs.

The Mount Charleston Experience
Photography by Keith Kostiv
Mt Charleston Wild Horse / photo by Sam Shots
Lake Mead
Lake Mead at Sunset