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Top Shows in Vegas for Thanksgiving 2017

By at November 17, 2017 | 5:05 pm | 0 Comment

Have you booked your Thanksgiving Vacation to Las Vegas? Great prices on all things Vegas in 2017 now being offered. Here is a great top 10 most popular Las Vegas Show list. Book today and have a great time in Vegas.

#1. Cirque du Soleil “O” at Bellagio
Best Prices on Cirque du Soleil – O!
All the world is water and the stage is all the world.” Welcome to the world of “O.” With a production that has never been attempted or imagined until now, this leading Las Vegas show is sure to amaze you in the same way it has for sold-out audiences. Best of Vegas has great seats to this show.

#2. Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
Save up to $33 on Tickets!
An incomparable night of music, acrobatics, artistry and sheer creative genius is yours to explore during Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil at Mandalay Bay.

#3. LE RÊVE at Wynn
Limited Time Offer – Save Over $16!
Let your subconscious take flight while you’re wide awake when you experience LE RÊVE. You’ll quickly see LE RÊVE is a show unlike anything you’ve witnessed before. This show has been very popular with our audiences and Best of Vegas has some great ticket offers.

#4. The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at Mirage Las Vegas
Save Over 40% with 4 Ticket Pack!
Honor the band that changed pop music forever in the Cirque du Soleil performance, LOVE. Set to the fast-paced and youthful energy created by the dancers, jaw-dropping Cirque Du Soleil aerial acts and more, this performance recreates the excitement that surrounded this legendary band in their hay-day.

#5. Absinthe at Caesars Palace
Save Over $35 on Tickets
Absinthe is taking Las Vegas by storm, stripside at Caesars Palace. Described by The New York Times as “Cirque channeled through The Rocky Horror Show”, Absinthe is an intoxicating collision of circus, burlesque and vaudeville featuring curious creatures, heavenly bodies and outrageous comedy.

#6. David Copperfield at MGM Grand
Save Over $20 on Tickets!
Hailed by audiences and critics alike as the greatest illusionist of our time, David Copperfield has elevated the ancient art of magic to new heights and redefined it over the past few decades. And now he is bringing his magic back to Vegas for a special show at the MGM Grand.

#7. Criss Angel MINDFREAK by Cirque du Soleil
Exclusive Offer: Save over $37!
You won’t know what’s in store as Criss Angel takes you on a mind warping adventure with co-star Chloe Crawford. MINDFREAK is a wildly entertaining show that seamlessly weaves ground-breaking mysterious illusions with 3-D immersive effect, pyrotechnic landscape, live DJs, performers and musicians that come together to chart Angel’s life and career path as a young magician to a Las Vegas headliner!

#8. KA by Cirque du Soleil at the MGM Grand

KÀ ™ is an unforgettable acrobatic adventure featuring a rotating stage, which allows the combination of fierce combat with perfectly executed sequences. With innovative storytelling techniques, it’s a thrilling Cirque du Soleil ® journey with love, loss, and conflict…

#9. Blue Man Group at Luxor
Save $56 per Ticket!
Blue Man Group at the Luxor will treat you to an awesome theatrical party where creativity and technology blend.

#10. Stratosphere Casino, Hotel and Tower
Save Big on Stratosphere Tower Entrance and Rides!
Catch the best views of the Las Vegas Strip from the Observation Deck of the Stratosphere with the Tower Admission. Stratosphere is the tallest structure in Vegas and has amazing 360 degree views of the Las Vegas skyline, but if that’s not enough; get an extreme adrenaline rush with the rides at the top of the Stratosphere with the Tower Admission & Unlimited Rides Pass.

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LAS EXCURSIONES POPULARES AL CANON DEL COLORADO DESDE LAS VEGAS

By at November 15, 2017 | 8:43 pm | 0 Comment

LAS EXCURSIONES POPULARES AL CANON DEL COLORADO
DESDE LAS VEGAS

Usted puede encontrar tres diferentes formas de llegar al Canon del Colorado.

1. Helicoptero
2. Avion
3. Autobus (Camion)

Hoy usted puede encontrar una mejor oferta en cada paquete de tour que nosotros le ofrecemos en en esta lista de precios.
**Usted disfrutara su viaje en espanol cuando toma el tour en Helicoptero y en Avion.

Viaje en Helicoptero

Serenity Helicopter – Sky Dancer Tour USD $389.00
Vuela hasta el Grand Canyon West, aterrice cerca del río y disfruta de bebidas y aperitivos.

Vuelo sobre el Canon y El Rio Colorado con Champana abordo, y oportunidad de tomar fotos. Este recorrido vuela sobre Lago Mead, presa Hoover y The Grand Wash Cliffs. Usted se quedara con la boca abierta al ver este escenario , nosotros volamos atravez del Canon del Colorado, el viaje es aproximadamente de 10 millas(16 km) ! a una altura de 4000 pies y aterrizara en el aeropuerto privado del serenity.
La excursion consta:
• Viaje de ida y vuelta en helicoptero desde nuestra terminal al Canon del Colorado, usted tendra una experiencia inolvidable.
• Narracion en espanol del piloto.
• Incluye almuerzo en el Canon.
• Incluye:
• Todos los impuestos y cargos adiccionales, transporte, translados de ida y vuelta a su hotel , en una limosina de lujo.

Sundance Helicoptero – All American Freedom USD $445.00

Vuelo sobre el Canon y aterrizar en tierras del Rio Colorado con champana incluida. El helicoptero vuela sobre el canon del Colorado, Tierras de las tribus Indias , ademas gozara de un picnic con champana o vino en un incredible vista cerca del Rio Colorado.
Incluye:
• Todos los impuestos y cargos adicionales, transporte, almuerzo , ademas ofrece servicios de traslado de ida y vuelta a su hotel, en una limonina de lujo.
• VIP limosina de lujo sientase excitado y seguro en su viaje desde el centro de la ciudad y acompanado por nuestro conductor, al llegar le espera un ejecutivo helicoptero de un millon de dolares para su gran Aventura al Canon del Colorado.

5-Star Helicopter – Indian Adventure Tour (ST-8) USD $449.00
Canon del colorado en helicoptero y Aventura al Este de las tierras de las tribus indigenas Americanas. Vuela al Gran Cañón Oeste, aterriza en la parte superior del Gran Cañón. Incluye Almuerzo, Skywalk y visita a Guano Point. 2 horas en el Gran Cañón.

La excursion consta:
• Increible vista aerea sobre Hoover Dam, pase para entrar al Puente de vidrio y al Desierto de Mojave.
• Vuelo sobre el borde del Canon del Colorado y vista sobre el rio Colorado.
• Durante el vuelo el piloto le narrara en espanol toda la historia y accecdotas de la zona.
• Dos horas volando sobre la parte Oeste del Canon del Colorado.
• Recordatorio de Hualapai.
• Tour en buses de Hop-On-Hop hacia los ranchos de Hualapai, Eagle point y Guano Point.
• Gran oportunidad de tomar fotos en la parte Oeste de este maravilloso lugar.
• Autobus Mercedes los trasladara de ida y vuelta a su hotel
• Refrescos en la elegance terminal aerea.
• Opcional usted puede adquirir pase para el Puente colgante (skywalk) este lo puede pagar en el borde Oeste del Canon del Colorado.

Duracion del tour: aproximadamente 5 hrs. translado de ida y vuelta a su hotel.

Duracion del vuelo, 70 minutos aproximadamente.
Vuelo sobre el El Canon del Colorado, Strip, aterrizando en las tierras del Rio Colorado con un picnic con champana.

Papillon Helicopter – Echos Tour USD $324.00

Vuelo sobre el Oeste del Canon del Colorado, No sobre el Rio Colorado, se vuela sobre Hoover Dam. Mojave Desert, y se ve lo plateado del Colorado, el recorrido del vuelo es de 10 millas, (16 km) aproximadamente.
Incluye:
Impuestos y todos los cargos adiccionales, translado de ida y vuelta a su hotel

Tour en bus al canon del Colorado y Hoover Dam.

Greyline Bus Tours – West Rim Bus Tour USD $119.00

**Este tour se ofrece en espanol los dias Martes y Sabados.

Incluye:
Impuestos, Desayuno caliente, parada en Hoover Dam, con vista desde el puente , el bus para en todos los miradores de la ruta del Oeste del Canon del Colorado.
Deposito por persona: $ USD 54.00

Greyline Bus – South Rim Bus Tour USD $109.00

Incluye:
Impuestos, Almuerzo, parada en Hoover Dam, 3 horas de viaje al Canon del Colorado.

Greyline Bus – Hoover Dam Tour en Bus USD $ 72.00

Incluye:
Impuestos, excursion en la planta de Hoover Dam y vista desde el Puente, y usted encontrara un buen punto para toma de fotos.

Tour en avioneta por el sur del Canon del Colorado

Este Tour se recomienda a las personas que quieran tener una experiencia inolvidable en el parque nacional del Canon del Colorado, hacienda una gran caminata aproximadamente de 3 o 4 horas y Bright Angel trail ( camino)

Papillon Airplane South Rim Airplane Tour USD $375.00

Vuelo sobre la parte Sur del Canon del Colorado, NO sobre el Rio Colorado. La excursion se completa al llegar al Parque por el lado sur del Canon del Colorado ,usted durara 3 horas aproximadamente en el parque nacional, donde usted puede hacer una gran caminata y ser testigo de una vista maravillosa que le ofrece este lugar, y se sentira inspirado y relajado en este paraiso. Finalizara su viaje con vuelo de regreso a la Vegas.

Tiempo estimado: 420 minutos
Tiempo de vuelo: aproximadamente 40 minuto cada vuelo.
• Disfrute de una maravillosa caja de comida Gourmet mientras admira lo maravilloso del Canon del Colorado.
Incluye:
Impuestos y todos los cargos adiccionales, translado de ida y vuelta a su hotel.

5 Star Helicopter – Las Vegas VIP Night Tour USD $135.00

¡EL MEJOR Y MÁS LARGO VUELO DE HELICÓPTERO DE LA BANDA DE LA VEGAS DE LAS VEGAS!

Vuelo nocturno más largo ofrecido en Las Vegas Vegas. Autobús de lujo de Mercedes del VIP con la tostada de Champán. In-Flight Music / y también Narración Piloto.
* 2 horas Hotel al Hotel!
Includes:
Todos los honorarios e impuestos, transporte Hotel al Hotel.

Call to check availability: 702.565.7827

Sundance Helicopter – TOUR DE LA CIUDAD DE CREPÚSCULO $200.00
Vea desde el aire: Las Vegas Strip, Hoover Dam, Desierto de Mojave, Lago Mead, Río Colorado y Vegas ¡Valle!!

Incluye:
• Todas las tarifas e impuestos, transporte, recolección y entrega de cortesía del hotel a través de una lujosa limusina
• Transporte de limusina VIP y sentir la emoción mientras viaja por Las Vegas Blvd y escoltado en su propia limusina con chofer conducido a su helicóptero ejecutivo esperando millones de dólares para la aventura de un tiempo de de vida!

Call to check availability: 702.736.0606

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Top Things to Do in Las Vegas 2017

By at July 15, 2017 | 12:04 am | 0 Comment

Las Vegas attractions, Top 10 must see things in Las Vegas recommended by local tour guides. There is one activity that is an almost certainty; gambling. But what can you do when you’re not being hypnotized by video poker machines or deciding whether to hit or stay on a blackjack hand?

You can do some sightseeing, both in town and out of town. It’s easy to spend an entire day exploring the sights along the Strip, from the impressive Stratosphere (extra points if you ride one of its thrill rides at the top, check out  http://www.vegasactivetravelguide.com/city/theme-park/stratosphere-hotel-casino-thrill-rides/  ) to the more sedate Bellagio Fountains. Take a drive out of town to see the historic Hoover Dam, or hike over the red sandstone in Red Rock Canyon.  Las Vegas isn’t the only thing in the Mojave Desert, and you’ll find options to explore and discover Vegas at  http://www.vegasactivetravelguide.com where there are plenty of things that can take you on a day trip into rugged and beautiful terrain. If those suggestions leave you cold, you can always check into one of the many shows on the Strip.

Las Vegas attracts world-class entertainers and shows, giving visitors the chance to see comedians, singers, and production shows like one of the Cirque du Soleil shows.

  1. Fountains of Bellagio,

The Fountains of Bellagio has become an iconic part of Las Vegas. Its dancing, swaying waters draw a crowd every time they go off. Streams of water shoot into the air dissipate into a mist and gracefully arch into curves and it is choreographed to music.

  1. Las Vegas Welcome Sign

The most famous landmark of Las Vegas is the famous “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign” on the South entrance to the city, on the South Strip, once known as HWY 91. Known from countless films and TV series, the sign stands since 1959 on a median strip and attracts many daily visitors. It’s all about the neon lighting; the sign is illuminated by fluorescent tubes. This makes it one the oldest, still functioning luminous tube signs in Las Vegas.

  1. Grand Canal, Hotel Venetian

Can’t make it to Venice, Italy, for an authentic gondola ride? Then head to Vegas for a stateside substitute at The Venetian. Travel down Venice’s recreated Grand Canal through streetscapes and past its well-known cafes and shops. When the weather is nice, visitors may prefer taking the outdoor gondola ride to get a different view of Las Vegas. Don’t go without your camera. Also live performances are regularly held at the Grand Canal. The shops within the canal are all held in the Venetian style. The Grand Canal can be visited for free. You have to pay for the gondola ride. Don’t forget to bring cash for tips!

  1. The Strip

The heart of the town is the so-called. “Las Vegas Strip”. This is a road section of Las Vegas Boulevard where the most impressive hotels and attractions can be found. The approximately 6.8 km long Strip starts at Las Vegas Sign and ends at the Stratosphere Tower. World’s most famous hotels on the strip are including the Palazzo, Venetian, Mirage, Caesars Palace, Bellagio and New York – New York. Enjoy the Themed Hotels with their miniature landmarks from around the world, such as the Statue of Liberty, the pyramids or the Eiffel Tower. If only a stroll along the Strip is a unique experience in Las Vegas, especially at Night. Tip: Take the bus for a tour of the Las Vegas Strip, only costs $ 8 for a 24-hour pass.

  1. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Get out and go for either a hike or just a sightseeing drive at Red Rock Canyon.  Amazing place to see, only 30 mins drive from the Las Vegas Strip.  Directly west of it is Mount Charleston with a height of 3,632 m.

  1. Mirage Volcano

Smoke, fire, and the power of geological forces present themselves every 15 minutes after dusk, accompanied by an original, percussive soundtrack. Stop by and be entertained by the sheer magnitude of the spectacular display. The eruption features 119,000 gallons of water per minute and is situated on three water-covered acres. Don’t get too close or you could be consumed by the “lava” and “flames.” The display is so realistic and engrossing that you can easily lose sight of the fact that this is a man made attraction, with no help given by Mother Nature whatsoever. Another great Las Vegas spectacle!

  1. Eiffel Tower Experience

Here is a great place to see wonderful views of the Las Vegas Strip. It’s at the Paris Hotel and you can’t miss it, it’s the Eiffel Tower, looks the same as in Paris France.  Get a coupon to save you money here, http://www.vegasactivetravelguide.com/city/tours-to-do-vegas/eiffel-tower-experience/

  1. Stratosphere Tower

It’s one of the tallest buildings west of the Mississippi, but the Stratosphere isn’t satisfied with just being amazingly tall. The Thrill Rides at the top give dare devils a chance to be dangled, dropped, spun, and shot into the air a thousand feet above the street. The view from here is incredible, a fact that the restaurant in the tower, Top of the World, makes good use of the spinning restaurant technology. In addition to a Sky Jump located in the tower three other rides, including a Roller coaster and a tower mast for a freefall, thrill ride only in Las Vegas.

  1. Fremont Street Experience

The Fremont Street Experience is a 450 m long dome that completely covers Fremont Street. The entire street was blocked in this area for motorists. It is now a walking zone.  The highlight of the Fremont Street Experience can be only really appreciated at night.  The entire underside of the dome consists of countless LEDs screen, where in the evenings they offer free light show every hour on top of the hour. So 9pm,10 pm and so on.  Also, make sure you visit the Container Park attraction on East Fremont Street. You will be surprised.

  1. Las Vegas Shows

Visiting Vegas without doing a show when you visit Las Vegas would be just a half trip. There are so many great shows offered. Pick a show based on your interests; magic? Music? Comedy? It’s all there for you! When buying tickets for the shows you should always buy in advance, you will get a discount if you do.  We suggest buying it online to save tome waiting in long lines.  Depending on the show, tickets can cost on average of $50.00 up to $200.00 per show.

Las Vegas Insider Tips:

Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat

The Secret Garden houses absolutely gorgeous big cats, including panthers, white lions, leopards, and the white tigers that Siegfried and Roy have made famous. The habitat is festooned with tropical foliage, creating an inviting natural atmosphere for the felines. There’s also a 2 million gallon aquarium that’s home to several bottlenose dolphins, an artificial coral reef, and numerous fish. Ideal for families and animal lovers who like to interact with the animals.

Insider Tip: Free Circus Acts Flying through the air with the greatest of ease, these circus acts take center ring over the main casino of Circus Circus. The ringmaster announces clowns, jugglers, and many others. Carnival games take place on the midway, which is on the mezzanine, every half hour. Bring the kids, they will love it.

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Self driving directions to Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas, NV!

By at January 23, 2017 | 11:33 pm | 0 Comment

Best Day trips to Grand Canyon from Las Vegas, Vegas Active Travel Guide recommends Grand Canyon West. Here are the self driving directions from Las Vegas, NV to Grand Canyon West, AZ.

Self driving directions to Grand Canyon West from Las Vegas, NV!

Best way to maximize your day trip from Las Vegas to Grand Canyon West.
(Hualapai Indian Reservation, West Rim Grand Canyon)

First tip of the day, skip breakfast and leave Las Vegas at Sunrise (dawn.)

1. Take Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) direction south and stop at the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas Sign”
Why, early morning visit (perfect sun position) allows you to take best photos with very short or no wait times.

2. Continue on Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) south and take the highway I215 East (Interstate) direction Boulder City.

3. Follow road signs to Boulder City (Hoover Dam)
After you reach Boulder City, follow road sign directions to the Hoover Dam

4. Now plan your next stop at Hoover Dam Lodge. You will see it when you see Lake Mead driving down entering Lake Mead National Recreation Park on hill left side of road. Here you should have your breakfast at the Hoover Dam Lodge. It offers a fantastic café with great prices. The Hoover Dam Lodge was built in 1932, but fully renovated in 2015. Here is the next insider tip for Hoover Dam; inside the lobby of Hoover Dam Lodge is the best free Hoover Dam exhibition in the area. Enjoy it, you, your friends and family will get a great sense of the enormous achievement the construction of the Hoover Dam accomplished.

5. Now drive to Hoover Dam. It should take about 10 minutes from the Hoover Dam Lodge parking lot. Drive across the Hoover Dam to the Arizona side and park. You should spend about 20-30 minutes walking on the dam, viewing the dam and talking photos.

6. Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Bridge overlook, next stop!
To get back on the road to Arizona, you must drive back the same way you came, but stop at the Mike O’Callaghan – Pat Tillman Bridge overlook parking lot. You will see the parking lot on your left side. Park and walk up the steps to get on the Bridge. You will have fantastic views of the Colorado River, Hoover Dam and more.

7. Next Stop Grand Canyon West. Now you need to drive back to HWY 93 and head east direction Kingman, AZ. From the Hoover Dam to Dolan Springs, AZ (turn off to Grand Canyon West) is about 40 mins. You will see a sign at the turn off to Grand Canyon West. Just follow the road until you get to the Grand Canyon. Insider-tip: obey the traffic speed limit signs. Traffic violations are expensive in Arizona, Mojave County. Driving time to the Grand Canyon is about 1 hour from Dolan Springs, AZ.

8. When you arrive at the Grand Canyon West, you need to buy an admission to the Grand Canyon to enter.

Here are the most popular Grand Canyon West Admission Packages:

1. Gold Package (Legacy/Meal/Skywalk) USD $75.00
2. Legacy Package Adult (Admission only) USD $50.00
3. Children get a 20% discount of the adult price.

For any questions or to inquire about children’s rates, please call 1-888-868-9378 or 928-769-2636. For groups of 10 or more please call 1-888-868-9378 or 928-769-2636.

Dress smart, warmer in summer than you may think, always wear a hat and sun glasses in winter and summer. Winter is cold and it can snow, so dress appropriately!
No PETS ALLOWED!
No Alcohol Allowed! After you visit the Grand Canyon West, and would like to have a beer or glass of wine, stop at the Grand Canyon Western Ranch, it is about 7 miles from Grand Canyon West. For more details and directions, search Vegas Active Travel Guide for Grand Canyon Western Ranch. It is a working dude ranch, with nice places to eat and even stay over night!

Enjoy and have fun!

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Thanksgiving in Las Vegas 2016, things to do!

By at November 2, 2016 | 7:35 pm | 0 Comment

Las Vegas has something for everyone, from casino gaming to outstanding hikes close to Las Vegas. Maybe if you are lucky, there will be snow in Lee Canyon and you can go snow skiing near Las Vegas. Here are a few suggestions from a local Las Vegas Tour-guide. If you have kids, we strongly suggest you go to Container Park in Downtown Las Vegas.

Black Friday Shopping in Las Vegas

Why not enjoy some major shopping after Thanksgiving with a visit to the outstanding Outlet Shopping Center North.

Tour the Valley of Fire or Red Rock Canyon, both easy drives from Las Vegas. Or you can book a tour with a local company and get the full experience.

This time of year is an excellent time to visit, too, because you’re avoiding summer crowds. It could be a bit chilly, but your tour bus will be heated and you can always pop on a scarf when you get out to take pictures.

Visit the Hoover Dam

If you’re looking for more outdoorsy fun while in Vegas, a tour of the Hoover Dam is an excellent option.

Visit this National Historic Landmark and learn all about its history, how it was built, and the future we envision for it.

You can explore their many exhibit spaces, see an informative film, take tons of photos, and much more. If you’re interested in taking the power plant tour, there’s a small upgrade fee of $30.00 but totally worth it!

Downtown Container Park Downtown Old Las Vegas

Container Park

If you want to avoid the more commercial parts of Las Vegas in search of that special gift, then head to the lovely Downtown Container Park for some unique shopping opportunities and tons of holiday fun.

The kids will love Santa’s “surprise” arrival aboard a local fire truck, and you’ll love the free parking (a tough thing to find in Vegas). You can even build your own ornament and help decorate the Container Park tree.

Make a whole day of it and stay in the afternoon to build your own train and in the evening for a special screening of The Polar Express. Nice thing is, admission to the Downtown Container Park is free.

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When it rains in Las Vegas, what to do?

By at April 10, 2016 | 2:37 am | 0 Comment

Yes, I know you came to Las Vegas for the sunny days and warm clear nights, but it is raining! No worries, Las Vegas being the one and only true 24/7 all season and all weather top destination in the world, has plenty of activities for you to have a great time indoors! Well, Las Vegas is in the middle of the Mojave Desert getting an average of 4 inches of rain a year. So far for 2016, we are well below our needed rainfall.  We need the rain, sorry!! Here are some Las Vegas locals insider tip for a rainy day!

Our favorite Las Vegas indoor activities are the following:

  1. Go shoot a gun at the Gun Garage.

Learn more here!

  1. Play old school arcade games at the Circus Circus Midway Arcade or the Pinball Hall of Fame.

Learn more here!

  1. Bowling, great drinks, food and live entertainment at the Brooklyn Bowl, at The Linq.

Learn more here!

Well, you could find a nice casino, sit down and play video poker and watch basketball, but that might cost you more than you want to spend. Remember, if you gamble at casinos, drinks are on the house!!

Rain Las Vegas April 10, 2016

 

 

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Hiking and Biking Trail finder App

By at April 8, 2016 | 4:45 pm | 0 Comment

Neon to Nature,  Escape, Explore, Enjoy all Las Vegas has to offer outside for the active person!

Neon to Nature is an online tool that will help you find walking and bicycle trails throughout Southern Nevada. We have over 1,000 miles of trails here in the valley. Each trail listing includes trail information and photos, along with detailed map descriptions of the trail’s location, length, and various amenities.

Download the App!

The Neon to Nature app is available for your Android device on Google Play and for your iPhone on the Apple App Store. Download the free app today for your mobile device to find trails near you!

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Death Valley’s 2016 Wildflower ‘Super Bloom’

By at February 27, 2016 | 4:52 pm | 0 Comment

Death Valley, Calif., one of the hottest places in the world, is in bloom with more than 20 species of colorful desert wildflowers.

In a statement, the National Park Service says that after unusually
strong storms and flash floods last October, “the current flower display is the best the park has experienced in a decade.”

Some visitors are calling it a “super bloom.”

“These areas that are normally just rock, just soil, just barren, not
even shrubs — they’re filled with life. Death Valley really does go from being a valley of death to a valley of life,” says Van Valkenburg.

That harsh landscape is covered in seeds, and “when you get the perfect conditions, the perfect storm, so to speak — those seeds could all sprout at once,” Van Valkenberg says.

The park notes previous “super blooms” in 1998 and 2005 happened during El Nino years like this one. Park officials explain: “El Nino can affect Death Valley by shifting the track of winter and spring storms into the area, increasing rainfall during flower season.”

Book a day tour from Las Vegas, you will be amazed!

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Grand Canyon South or West Rim?

By at November 2, 2015 | 9:39 pm | 0 Comment

Grand Canyon West or South Rims, which is better?

They’re completely different experiences. Some would say the West Rim really isn’t the Grand Canyon. Why? Because It’s a lot more narrow there. The West Rim is completely owned and operated by the Hualapai Indian tribe. The only way to see the West Rim is to buy a tour package when you arrive for $50 or more. Then, they scalp you another $30 to go out onto the Skywalk. For that price, you do get unlimited bus rides to several viewpoints and attractions like a western village, a recreated Indian village, and Indian dance performance, and you get lunch. It’s a good 1/2 day worth of entertainment. There are no guard rails or fences there, so you it’s more of a wide-open, natural experience. But, there really is no place or trails to hike down into the canyon. You can take a Helicopter Tour from the West Rim; the package includes flying down to the Rio Colorado River, exploring around and than taking a boat ride on the river. Gives you a great view and experience of being above and down below in the canyon on the river. Take a luxury, guided tour with Detours of Nevada. You get to see the Hoover Dam, Mojave Desert and Joshua Trees. At the same time, learn all about the area. You can book directly with Detours at www.detoursnv.com

The South Rim is a national park. So there are lots of guard rails at the main viewpoints, but still plenty of open canyons as well. There’s a lot more hiking, and places to drive around, more restaurants, gifts shops and galleries, tour buses, etc. Most of the Grand Canyon pictures you see are from the South Rim, or possibly the North Rim.

Difference between West & South Rim

Millions of people visit the Grand Canyon each year, but most are unaware of the differences between the West and South Canyons Rim. Each rim is unique and display wonderful features for visitors each year.

Grand Canyon South

Grand Canyon National Park is the jewel of the American Southwest. It is open year-round and regarded by many as the Grandest of the Canyons. Majestic forests of Ponderosa pines are among the stark differences the South Rim has to offer. Not to mention, most Grand Canyon photographs you have seen in your life time have been of none of other than the Grand Canyon South Rim. It is a sight to reckoned with and is home to Elk, mountain lion, rock squirrels, deer, mule, California condors and lizards. These are among the various species of wild animals that can be seen inside the park for those lucky enough.

Grand Canyon West

Between the entertainment capitol of the world, Las Vegas, and Grand Canyon’s South Rim lies a place known simply as the Grand Canyon West Rim. Here, you’re surrounded by the Tribal Indian reservation of The Hualapai from the ground to the sky. Home of the world famous glass bridge, the Skywalk, the West Rim is not something to be looked down upon. It sees nearly 1 million travelers each year and is a humbling destination for those wanting to see where the Hualapai have called home for hundreds of years. While it’s not as lush as the South Rim, the colors of the West Rim are a sight to be reckoned with, showcasing the result of millions of years of weathering and erosion.

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National Parks Near Las Vegas

By at July 18, 2015 | 9:48 am | 0 Comment

National Parks Near Las Vegas

In the minds of many people, the words “Las Vegas” and “natural beauty” don’t go together. The city’s kaleidoscope of neon lights isn’t exactly in earth tones. And beyond that, many of the structures that make up the desert metropolis are mock-ups of somewhere else — the Eiffel Tower, the canals of Venice, the New York City skyline. It can all seem a bit unreal. And, let’s face it, that ringing carnival sound of slot machines isn’t exactly like the chirping of birds.

But if find your way out of the air-conditioned casino and into a rental car, you might be surprised what natural wonders you’ll spy. Believe it or not, Las Vegas is within a few hours drive of some of the most uniquely beautiful national parks in the United States. In fact, some naturalists and adventure-seekers skip gambling altogether to venture out into nature’s scenes. The contrast between pristine blue sky and the Nevada desert’s reddish earth is a sight to behold. And Las Vegas is a prime home base for travelers hoping to cycle, climb and hike in California’s more lush landscapes. Let’s find out which parks are within driving distance of Las Vegas.

Sequoia and Kings Canyon

Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park are adjacent to each other across the California border from Las Vegas. They contain earth’s most massive trees, giant sequoias so huge they far surpass the size of any other species.

Yosemite

Yosemite National Park presents a striking change from Las Vegas. It features one of the planet’s greatest concentrations of natural features, including Yosemite Falls, the Mariposa and Merced giant sequoia groves, and the Tuolumne and Merced Rivers.

Joshua Tree

Driving south from Las Vegas takes you to Joshua Tree National Park. The Joshua tree, a member of the lily family, is actually an over-sized yucca.

Death Valley

Just over 100 miles west of Las Vegas is Death Valley National Park, a brutally rugged but beautiful land of extremes. It holds records for the continent’s lowest point (282 feet below sea level) and highest recorded temperature (134 degrees Fahrenheit).

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly National Monument is further into Arizona from Las Vegas. Hundreds of years ago the Pueblo built houses into the canyon’s red sandstone walls.

Petrified Forest

Also across the Arizona border from Las Vegas is Petrified Forest National Park. Its 93,532 acres include an amazing display of petrified wood.

Grand Canyon

Directly east of Las Vegas in Arizona is Grand Canyon National Park. Its great expanse and awe-inspiring vistas reveal spectacular desert landscape.

Nevada’s Great Basin National Park lies near Las Vegas. It includes the limestone Lehman Caves, the Wheeler Peak glacier, and Lexington Arch, a natural limestone arch more than six stories tall.

Arches National Park is a timeless landscape of giant stone arches, pinnacles, spires, fins, and windows. You’ll quickly forget the casinos of Las Vegas.

Canyonlands National Park, the other side of Utah from Nevada’s border near Las Vegas, includes spectacular rock formations, canyons, arches, spires, pictograph panels, Puebloan ruins, and desert flora. The area is largely undeveloped.

Capitol Reef National Park, its elevation ranging from 3,900-8,800 feet, is composed of red sandstone cliffs capped with domes of white sandstone. It is in Utah’s slickrock country, almost 400 miles from Las Vegas.

Further from Las Vegas is Bryce Canyon National Park, a 56-square-mile area of colorful cliffs created by erosion. Towering rocks worn to odd, sculptured shapes stand grouped in striking sequences.

Zion National Park, about 150 miles from Las Vegas in Utah, features spectacular canyons and rock formations. They­ resulted from upheavals of the earth and erosion by­ flowing water and frost.

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