Photo: Ron Mader, New Signage (Some rights reserved)
Open again as of July 2022: plane spotting at the Sunset Viewing Area of Harry Reid International Airport. One of our local faves, this small observation lot next to the runway (and separated by chain fence), this place is a beloved spot to view airplanes landing and taking off. Aviation photographers, this is the place! The area is located on Sunrise Road between Paradise Road and Eastern Avenue. Do not feed the birds- it’s an aviation hazard!
During the summer season (April 1 – September 30), the Sunset Viewing Area will be open to the public from 9am-9pm, seven days a week. Hours for the winter season (October 1 – March 31) will be 9am-7pm, seven days a week.
The lot, located off Sunset Road near the intersection of Escondido Street, had been closed from April 2020 – June 2022, as part of cost-containment efforts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. With fewer people traveling, flight schedules in and out of Las Vegas were slashed, and with fewer paying customers using our facilities, budgets were dramatically reduced as part of a wide-ranging cost containment program.