Despite brilliant lights and high-decibel sounds in the urban areas surrounding Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada retains some of the darkest night skies and quietest open spaces left in our nation. These natural attributes are enhanced by the Silver State’s sparse population spread over a huge expanse of territory.
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Over 300 hot springs bubble to the surface across the Silver State, more than in any other state.
A gold rush in the early 1900s spawned the town of Beatty, 115 miles northwest of Las Vegas, and the nearby ghost town of Rhyolite.
Death Valley offers more miles of roads for exploring than any other national park. About 1,000 miles of paved and unpaved roads reach into most parts of the far-flung desert and mountain preserve.
Volunteers this weekend are busily searching for clues at the Calico Early Man Archaeological Site near Barstow, California. They hope to unearth further evidence of prehistoric hunter-gatherers near the shore of ancient Lake Manix, which has been dry for 18,000 years.
A centerpiece of new development and reconstruction of facilities in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, the VisitorGateway provides an introduction to this unique forest island west of Las Vegas.
Once located far from downtown, Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs is now an open-air island in a sea of development. The park offers visitors respite from city traffic, bustle and noise.
The birthplace of Nevada’s largest city, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historical Park provides a quiet excursion into the past, when Las Vegas was just a welcome stopping point along a difficult and dangerous trail through the Mojave Desert to the California coast.
Rainbow Basin Natural Area is a fossil-laden region of multi-colored rock formations, mesas, desert canyons and winding washes north of Barstow, Calif. The area makes an ideal spot for camping, hiking, scenic touring, wildlife watching and photography.
China Ranch Date Farm near Death Valley is a popular cool-season destination with wide-ranging appeal.
Wildflower watchers across the Desert Southwest expect a very good blooming season for 2016, following an El Nino weather pattern that delivered fall and winter rains to much of the region. Gloomy January skies, snow in unusual places and cold nights have slowed plant growth in some areas, but that may just extend the season.
Big Bend of the Colorado State Recreation Area, the newest addition to Nevada's state park system, nestles in the southern tip of the state adjacent to Laughlin.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area provides many routes for scenic drives.
A veteran of the boom-and-bust cycles common to western mining towns, Calico ghost town thrives today as a popular San Bernardino County regional park near Barstow, Calif.
Valley of Fire State Park is a good destination during any season, but the cooler months are the most attractive time to visit this beautiful spot.
The Amargosa River, a strange desert stream that runs mostly underground, meanders 185 miles through the Mojave Desert.
Death Valley National Park remains an inviting cool-season destination despite record rain and flash flooding in October that closed some roads and attractions.
Winter vacationing in the nation's scenic parks is more popular and more possible today than ever.
One of Arizona's most popular ghost towns, Oatman thrives on tourism, welcoming crowds year-round.
The largest remaining oasis in the Mojave Desert, Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge invites visitors to explore distinctive environments that are home to plants and animals found nowhere else on Earth.
Despite its proximity to Las Vegas, the Desert National Wildlife Refuge remains unknown to many Southern Nevadans.
Cruise boats plying Lake Mead and the Colorado River offer daytime sightseeing tours, evening dinner cruises and opportunities for celebrating special events. The Desert Princess on Lake Mead above Hoover Dam and the Celebration on the Colorado at Laughlin are jaunty replica paddle-wheelers reminiscent of Mississippi River steamboats. The USS Riverside is a sleek modern cruiser built to motor upstream from Laughlin under the highway bridge toward Davis Dam.
Sitting on a little bluff just south of Overton in Moapa Valley, Nevada's Lost City Museum preserves remnants of thousands of years of human occupation along the Muddy River in northeastern Clark County.
One of the smallest parcels within the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service domain, the Moapa Valley National Wildlife Refuge is a little-known oasis about an hour's drive from Las Vegas.
Across the nation, children eagerly await the last day of October for its Halloween costumes, decorations, parties and trick or treating. For Nevada children, the end of October also brings a day of no school to observe the state's Oct. 31, 1864, entry into the union as the 36th state.
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