Happy Birthday, Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Old Fort (Some rights reserved) Happy #117 in 2022. Las Vegas celebrates its birthday on May 15. Hashtag: #HappyBirthdayVegas As a city Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905 when 110 acres near Stewart/Garces/Main/Fifth (Las Vegas Boulevard) were auctioned. For history buffs, Clark County Museum is a must. We are also …

Las Vegas History

Photo: Ron Mader, Barber Shop Pole (Some rights reserved) Spotlight on Las Vegas History Videos The Forties The Thirties Funded by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, “The City of Las Vegas: The Thirties” focuses on life in Las Vegas in the 1930’s. The episode will feature how the Hoover Dam, gambling, weddings, divorces …

Seven Magic Mountains

Photo: Ron Mader, May 2022 (Some rights reserved) For those visiting (or living in Las Vegas) Seven Magic Mountains has been a go-to, whimsical delight since May 11, 2016. Blue Highway travel meets a kaleidoscope of colors. Can stacked, day-glo boulders be an inspired roadside attraction? Yes, with free admission. Hashtags: #7magicmountains #UgoRondinone #JeanDryLake See …

Henderson, Nevada

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 largest city in Nevada, known for its parks, biking and hiking trails and master-planned communities. Henderson is certified Playful City USA. Natural WorldAmong our favorite city parks in the world: …

Public Art in Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Shadows (some rights reserved) The following are snapshots of public art and street art in greater Las Vegas, part of our modified, off-the-beaten track approach to the Grand Circle of the Southwest. Life is BeautifulSkateboarding fish, spellbound lemurs: The murals of Life is BeautifulMurals of Life is Beautiful remain after music ends …

Las Vegas’ City Parks and Nearby Natural Wonders

Photo: Ron Mader, Wetlands Park (Some rights reserved) Welcome to the Mojave Desert. Las Vegas has both oasis-like escapes and more natural desert lands. There’s something for everyone if you know where and when to look. Among our favorites:Clark County WetlandsRed Rock CanyonClark County Sunset ParkPittman Wash We still have to visit Sloan Canyon and …

Vegas Water Links

Photo: Ron Mader, I-11 and Lake Mead (Some rights reserved) What would insiders like others to know about water in Las Vegar? From estuaries to restrictions to weirs, here are relevant links presented in a somewhat random fashion: HeadlinesLas Vegas turns on low-level Lake Mead pumps designed to avoid a ‘Day Zero’Nevada water advocates dispute …

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center (Some rights reserved) Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located 17 miles (27 kilometers) west of Las Vegas on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. Public transportation does not reach Red Rock Canyon. Key Linksredrockcanyonlv.org – Visitor Info – Facebook – @RedRockCynLVRed Rock Canyon Scenic Drive Timed Entry (Tickets)Red Rock Canyon …

Henderson Pittman Wash

Photo: Ron Mader, Signage (Some rights reserved) One of our favorite places to visit the natural world is the Pittman Wash in Henderson, part of our Las Vegas DIY Water Tour. Key Linkscityofhenderson.comPittman Wash Trail Map (PDF) FacebookProject GREEN: Friends of Pittman Wash Project GREEN (Green Valley Ecology, Environment and Nature): Friends of Pittman Wash …

Bike Share in Las Vegas

Photo: Ron Mader, Garces Station (Some rights reserved) One of our Vegas Faves, the BCycle / RTC Bike Share – rtcbikeshare.bcycle.com – is our go-to, slow adventure in one of the world’s most storied cities. Happening now in downtown Las Vegas is the next big thing – micromobility via bike share. Hashtag: #RTCBikeShare Key Linksrtcbikeshare.bcycle.comAccountMapPricingBike …