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Need some fresh air? Want to get in touch with nature? Zion National Park is the perfect place for you. But if you're looking for solitude, it would be best to head to the Kolob Canyons section of Zion.
With a separate entrance right off I-15, at least you won't get lost on the 3.5 hour drive from Vegas. Kolob Canyons is about 40 miles north of Zion Canyon which is the lesser visited area of the park. It's so sparsely visited that there are signs at trailheads to watch out for mountains lions, which kind of freaked out us a little. Not a gonna lie, it freaked us out a LOT.
And while we’ve been pleasantly surprised by Primm Valley Resort before, nothing could prepare us for Bill’s. It was hilarious!
Fake trees on the casino floor propping up a fake railway and loads of little fake men everywhere brandishing guns, panning for gold and cooking beans over the fire. Amazing.
We haven’t been the friendliest people towards Primm in the past here at VegasChatter, but we’re always willing to admit when we may have misjudged stuff (hey Carrot Top, ‘ssup Vegas! the Show) so today’s mea culpa is coming straight at Primm. Or rather, the spa at Primm Valley Resort.
The week before last, we drove down to LA to catch a flight home to the motherland, when, as we were about to leave, we realized that we were sporting the feet of a warthog. Wanting to impress the motherlanders, we decided to get a pedicure on the way down. And we chose Primm, partly because we were intrigued, mainly because the new (it opened in January) spa at Primm Valley Resort was doing free taster treatments for Nevada residents in June.
And OMG. How nice was it? Not just in comparison to what we were expecting (a cupboard off the casino would have done that) but in comparison to Strip spas. Nice lighting, Aveda products, a cute Jacuzzi room, friendly staff, and vibrating-massaging pedicure chairs that gave us a rejuvenating back rub to set us up for the journey. Lovely!
The magic chairs
Best of all (for us, not them), we had it pretty much to ourselves. It was great.
The price, had we not scored a freebie, would have been $45 for a decent pedicure. More expensive than a shop round the corner, but less expensive than the Strip hotels (the Monte Carlo spa, which is crap, btw, charges $50; the Rio, $55). Waxing starts at $10 for eyebrows, $30 for body, and massages from $40. Or you can skip the treatments and get spa/gym access for $10, which definitely beats the Strip hotels. Watch out, though, because it’s closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Now, we’re not going crazy and suggesting you stay there (although, erm, if you do book a room online, they’ll knock 50 percent off an hour-long spa treatment). And if you’re not traveling the I-15, it’s too out of the way to go there. But, if you’re making the LV-LA haul, it would make a rather good stop – we also found some nice pizza on the way out that set us up for the journey. Primm, although we still wouldn’t stay over, we may have misjudged you a little bit. Sorry bout that.
Buffalo Bill's is located about 25 minutes outside Vegas in Primm which is on the border of Nevada and California and is also home to Primm Valley Resort and Whiskey Pete's.
Essentially, you pass through this place when you're driving to Las Vegas from California. So we have to wonder. You're about 25 minutes outside of Vegas, baby, Vegas and you're gonna spend the night at Buffalo Bill's. How does this work?
The rooms are not that cheap--we found rates tonight for $199 for a jacuzzi suite--and the place, despite all that it has to offer is a little sad. And did we mention Vegas proper is just 25 minutes away?