Photo Ron Mader, Mesa (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 city parks, biking and hiking trails, and master-planned neighborhoods.
- Certification checklist: Henderson is certified Playful City USA.
- Population: Henderson is the second most populous city in Nevada (population of 311,000 second to Las Vegas, 640,000)
Elevation: Henderson occupies the southeastern end of the valley, at an elevation of 1,864 feet (568 meters).
Cornerstone, a repurposed quarry, now a multi-purpose city park. The park hosts the annual Bark in the Park in the early spring. Look for the egrets on the red poles. There are ducks galore and sometimes seagulls, an odd sight in the Mojave Desert.
An 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.
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.