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If you have been keeping up in your Off Strip Adventure readings, you would know this Chatter'er is a big fan of the Valley of Fire and all it has to offer. With that in mind, we came across something new to try on our most recent trip to the state park, rappelling down the rock formations! It just looked too good to pass up.
Now, by no means are we professional rock climbers, but having run up a couple of rock climbing walls in the past certainly provided some confidence. (And, we will certainly will be checking out the wall at Twin Peaks soon!) This adventure was something unique and hard to find which made it all the more appealing.
Last week, we gave you part of the scoop on the Valley of Fire. We figured it was time to return and give you the rest of the story. Most people come to Vegas for snazzy new hotels, outfitted with the latest buffets, and fun things to do. However, there is something to be said for roughing it, and we have just the place for you! Valley of Fire offers a camping experience you can't easily find elsewhere.
The Valley of Fire. Doesn't that just sound amazing? Well, for once the name actually dictates precisely what you are getting. The rocks certainly look like fire and, if you are out looking around long enough, you will definitely feel like you are about to burst into flames.
It's hot in the desert that's nothing new, but spending the day exploring the terrain found beyond the Vegas Strip really can be fun, assuming you bring sunscreen and 'refreshments.' And, a little over an hour's drive from the main Strip, the Valley of Fire State Park might be the best bang for your buck. For about $10, you (and as many people as you can fit into your vehicle) will be admitted to the park for the day! That's it. No tricks, hustles, restrictions, etc.
Last week, we toured you through the wonders of Hoover Dam, but we know some of you were sitting there saying, “Alright, that was fun but I came to Vegas for a thrill." Well, it just so happens that we've got something to wet your whistle!
How about kickin’ up clouds of dust as you tear up the desert on a full-throttled ATV?! After taking a spin through the desert on one of these bad boys, you will forget all about spending the night sleeping in the bathtub! This is, quite honestly, the most fun you will have and will be one of your Vegas highlights, for sure. It’s a great way to get out and see the desert combined with a little
octane adrenaline boost.
Most of the companies that offer the ATV tours do so in the Valley of Fire area, however, you can find a few that will take you to the Eldorado Canyon Mine and other areas. The tour we took was in Valley of Fire which is about a 40-minute ride from The Strip. The ride there can be a little long, but we enjoyed it by conversing with the other adventure seekers and sharing
embarrassing tales of “last night” which proved both interesting and hilarious.
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When most folks do Vegas, it's usually with a friend, a spouse or a wolf pack (she wolves included). But, sometimes, Vegas is done as a party of one. Just 'cause you're a singleton in Vegas, though, doesn't mean you need to feel like the odd man out.
As with looking for love, looking to have a good time in Sin City solo is all a matter of placing yourself in the right setting. When you're one less than dos, put yourself in the heart of the action. Choose the tables over the slots. Go to the rowdier bars and take a pass on lounges. Surrounding yourself with lots of people make it easier to strike up a convo without seeming creepy or intrusive.
When it's just me, myself and I, explore The Strip's many attractions like BODIES or Titanic at Luxor, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art or CSI at MGM Grand. The exhibits are museum-like quiet and having no accompaniment means you can discover their offerings at your own pace.
Thrillseekers should head over to SkyJump at Stratosphere where only one person at a time can throw themselves off the top of the Tower. Or, ladies, what about learning the art of the strip tease at X Burlesque at Flamingo?
As we opened up our copy of InStyle this month (out now in all good stores etc etc), we couldn’t help but notice the pics of Cameron Diaz looking rather lovely in a desert situation. And a desert situation, no less, that looked rather familiar.
Was it? Could it be? Yes! It was Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest state park which lies 55 miles northeast of Vegas.
It’s a fairly long journey – it takes well over an hour because of ridonkulous speed restrictions once you turn off the I-15 – but, wedded as we are to Red Rock Canyon, we have to admit that Valley of Fire is more spectacular: 36,000 acres of land, and 20 miles of roads to take the lazy through it (the more adventurous/heat-inured can get out and go walking at lots of spots.
An hour or so from Las Vegas is a spectacular example of why so many East Coasters and international travelers are enamored of the American Southwest. Valley of Fire State Park is located 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas on I-15 (60 miles on the slower, more scenic North Shore Road around Lake Mead).
You may have seen its flamboyant, red sandstone formations north of Lake Mead while flying into town. The landscape is a professional and amateur photographer’s dream, and its historical significance as a site for religious ceremonies, hunting and food gathering for ancient inhabitants of the region make it a winner, too.