Photo Ron Mader, Arts Festival (Some rights reserved)
Henderson is located in the foothills south of Las Vegas. Incorporated in 1953, Henderson is the second most populous city in Nevada, known for its parks, biking and hiking trails and master-planned communities. Henderson is certified Playful City USA.
Among our favorite city parks in the world: Cornerstone, a repurposed quarry, now a multi-purpose marsh. It’s still so new that most neighbors don’t know the park by name. The park hosts the annual Bark in the Park in March. Look for the egrets on the red poles. There are ducks galore and sometimes seagulls, an odd sight in the Mojave Desert.
Another under the radar recommendation – check out the Henderson Libraries. Traditional Dewey-numbered goodness, excellent message boards, and fundraising book sales hosted by the Friends of the Henderson Libraries.
Green Valley Ranch
Ethel M Cactus Garden
Worthy of repeat visits, the garden is a fantastic collection of desert-loving plants from around the globe. With signage! It’s toward the top of the regional Slow Adventures Route.
December-February the holiday lights are turned on at 530pm. After Christmas, the blue and green lights are removed for Valentine-inspired-lighting.