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.