Coming to Las Vegas, we have some great side trips for you. All within less than 2 hours with plenty to see and do, and recommended by me, your Las Vegas host. I have been to all the outlying cities mentioned below numerous times, so take a well-deserved day away from the Las Vegas strip.
Great happenings in Las Vegas’s neighbor cities—give them a try!
Boulder City: www.VisitBoulderCity.com
Boulder City has had a bunch of new restaurants since the pandemic. Here are a few of them you may wish to feature: Big T’s Cantina, the Dam Roast House and Browder Bookstore, Dam Bistro, Marisco, EL Soto Loco, Fox’s Smokehouse and Family Bakery.
—Hangar 502, a new Bar, Grill and Deli set to open in early 2022. You will find a listing of all BC restaurants on our website.
—Haunted Boulder City & UFO Tour
This new interactive ghost walk is Boulder City’s newest attraction. Haunted Boulder City Ghost & UFO Tour takes you on an eerily fun sixty-minute evening walk throughout historic downtown Boulder City. Folk lore and history include stories of gangsters, UFOs lore, Hoover Dam haunts, and, even feature’s Boulder City’s famed, “Ghost Dog.” According to local tales of spirit, this beloved dog is said to roam the streets of Boulder City at night. This tour will even teach you the tricks to becoming a human “ghost meter.”
Haunted Boulder City’s team is happy to work with groups. They offer private tours and packages that can include an upscale dinner, show, and tour package hosted at Forge’s Social House. If you need the main contact details let me know.
Now offers free pick ups at select locations along the LV Strip. They have also recently upgraded their equipment to include electric pedal assist.
—Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum expanded their facility in Boulder City. They now offer full-length films in their newly opened theater. They have updated their museum and continue to showcase and delight movie fans with autograph signing sessions by personalities from some of Hollywood’s most iconic, fun, fantasy, horror films and television shows.
—Lake Mead cruises is offering lunch and dinner packages. See website for times and day information.
Arvada Springs is a short drive into the mountains surrounding Mesquite. Here visitors will find a lust and hidden valley surrounded by the mountains and bluffs forming the outskirts of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Arvada Springs roots date back to Nevada’s early history. Lands surrounding this historical ranch are home to nine natural springs and four ponds allowing visitors a scenic green oasis in the middle of the desert.
The ranch boasts a historic homestead cabin with private bathroom, four miners tents complete with beds, wood floor, and evaporative cooling, and four RV pads with Hookups.
—The Rock House Lodge is the central indoor gathering location for all visitors featuring a kitchen set up which can easily handle the food needs of large groups (family reunions, girl scout camps, etc).
Arvada Springs has plans to upgrade their tent glamping options to full-service cabins within the year.
This idyllic location offers a natural swimming pool surrounded by a thicket of trees, ATV rentals with a myriad of trails to follow all the way to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon (based on seasonal openings).
–The Camel Safari is no longer offering Camel rides.
However, they are now an accredited zoo with some great educational tours and programs.
This boutique-style zoo allows visitors to ride along with Camel Safari’s zookeepers and learn how they care and feed their camels and other exotic animals on a three hour tour.
Camel Safari is home to 30+ camels, a two-toed sloth, an African crested porcupine, six-banded armadillos, Llamas, and Alpaca. They also recently adopted Sand Cats and New Guinea Singing Dogs. You just never know what exotic desert dwellers you will find here!
Besides tours, this venue is also a great location for weddings, family reunions, corporate retreats, bachelor/bachelorette parties, birthday parties, and evening sunset programs.
Many visitors to Mesquite are unaware of the trail systems that crisscross the deserts surrounding this gaming mecca. Some of the most interesting rides include Gold Butte, Grand Canyon Parashant, Arvada Loop, Clive’s landmark, Fisherman’s Cove and Virgin River Landing.
Mesquite’s Awesome Adventures and Adventure Time off-road rentals and guided tours closed their doors due to the pandemic in 2020.
—Adventure Rentals opened in March 2021 and now offer Polaris RZR XP1000 two and four-seater rentals. These non-guided tours are an exciting way to explore the delightful desert fauna and wildlife that thrives within the Virgin Valley.
Equipment rentals include fully operational satellite GPS mapping, helmet, gloves, goggles, and ice chest.
Rentals do not include water and/or other refreshments, so it is highly recommended that you bring plenty of water on all excursions.
Guided, individual, and group tours are presently unavailable; however, they do plan to offer this amenity in the future so please call for updates.
—Highland Estates has a new restaurant known as Worden.
—Eureka Resort is fully operational 24/7, however, the Rising Star is only open on specific weekends, to buy-outs for groups, and during over-flow situations at this time.
Eureka reinvented the Season Lounge and it is now known as the EDP or Eat, Drink, and Play lounge. Featuring pub food and lots of monitors to enjoy the day’s latest sporting events.
They have also closed their bingo and poker areas.
All the resorts in Mesquite have re-opened their buffets.
Complimentary live performance acts are still showcased in the Skydome Lounge *Please see Casa Blanca’s website for show hours and days of performance.