Sunday, April 27, 2014

Things to do around Vegas

Adventure Balloons
They do one flight per day, at sunrise. They fly between the Strip and Red Rock Canyon. "Smile High" towering 10 stories high fully inflated, she is capable of carrying up to 8 passengers, plus the pilot. They also fly Band of Gold and Vegas Star. Their safety record is one of the best in the ballooning industry according to their website:   http://www.smilerides.com



Vegas Indoor Skydiving
Vegas Indoor Skydiving experience is similar to skydiving with the addition of a mesh trampoline floor and foam padded walls. Guests are able to simulate the free fall aspect of skydiving without the use of an airplane or parachute. They use a vertical wind tunnel to introduce guests to the sport of indoor skydiving. The tunnel produces enough wind to support the weight of an average adult. 
200 Convention Center Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89109 
(702) 731-4768  Toll Free # 877.LUV2FLY  Hours: 9:45 am – 8:00 pm  Rates: 
United States Military discount
Single Flight  (your first experience)  - $75.00
Repeat Flight (second flight, same day)  - $40.00
15 Minute Block  (2-5 participants, includes DVD)  - $350.00
Book of 5 Flights (five flights ONE person) -$200.00

video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qa-MaoJdIo

Pole Position Raceway Las Vegas, the fastest indoor karts in the country
Pole Position Raceway Las Vegas offers several racing options. The most-popular go kart racing format is Arrive & Drive program that allows customers to show up individually or in small groups and race in standard races. These kart races last approximately 10 minutes. Races are available for either adult or youth racing. All karts are 20 horsepower electric powered  45 mph top speed, "the fastest indoor karts in the country". Summerlin location:  7350 Praire Falcon Rd   La Vegas, NV 89128  Arville location:  4175 South Arville  Las Vegas, NV 89103  702-227-RACE (7223)
http://www.polepositionraceway.com/las-vegas/

video:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sqtdCZ9mqUM


Bonnie Springs Ranch 
The Best in Wild West Food, Fun & Entertainment. The destination for your large private or
corporate group function daytime or evening. Just ten minutes west of Las Vegas in beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Your group can take over the entire Western Town for company and private events! Spend the day with family and friends and enjoy:
•Great Food  •Shopping  •Museums  •Gun Fights  •Shows  •Petting Zoo  •Horseback Riding  •Pony Rides  •Restaurant & Bar    website:  http://bonniesprings.com/


Colorado River Kayak
Try this amazing kayaking experience in Black Canyon. The lower Colorado River is moving flatwater with no rapids - just beautiful green waters. It is perfect for beginner and seasoned paddlers alike. Travel across the Mike O'Callaghan–Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, into Arizona. Your destination is Willow Beach, where you will load your kayaks, and gear up for your journey on the Colorado river. Kayak past the Fish Hatchery, toward the emergence of a historic trailhead. Take a break and enjoy a short hike with spectacular views. Explore the ruins before returning to the kayaks.  website:  http://www.kayaklasvegas.com

Battlefield Vegas
Battlefield Vegas sets itself apart from the competition by offering you a chance to step into a realistic military setting where you will have the chance to shoot the largest collection of US and foreign weapons available for public use in the United States. They have firearms at your disposal dating from World War I all the way through to the weapons used by NATO forces in Iraq and Afghanistan today. 2771 Industrial Rd, Las Vegas, NV, 89109
(702) 566-1000    website:  http://www.battlefieldvegas.com/


+Bea Taylor

Cowabunga!

Cowabunga! Henderson water park
23-acre water park off Galleria Drive. 200 tons of steel are supporting each one of the 8 water slides. 

There are also three pools, a kids cove area and cabanas for rental with their own pool area. Three eateries, Cowabunga Chill, Bullwinkle’s Boardwalk Grille and Rocky’s Beachside Cafe. 

There are 3 themed zones inspired by the surf and beach scene of the 1950's and 60's. With a total of thirty attractions including a 35,000 sq ft wave pool (one of the largest in Nevada), a Lazy River, a themed children water playground structure (with a dozen of mini-slides) and three waterslides complex.

Among these waterslides, there are 6-lanes Multislide (mat racer type with an original upward slope at the end of the path), a Space Boat (raft slide ending by a whirl), a Looping Rocket (high speed slide with an horizontal 360° helix and a launched start through a trap door) and a Space Shuttle (raft slide with giant cylinders). In addition to the slides and attractions, there are two restaurants at the park and offer rental of private cabanas. 

Tickets & Passes
http://www.cowabungabay.com/LasVegas/tickets.html

Cowabunga Bay is located in Henderson east of the Galleria Mall. 
From the US-95 (I-515) exit east on Galleria (exit 64B) and head towards the park.
900 Galleria Dr.
Henderson, NV 89011

Notes:
The +Huish family owns the copyrights to the famous 1960s cartoon characters.
Just in case you don't know (I didn't), +Cowabunga means "positive, good, great, mostly used by headbangers, skaters, surfers.




Minus5 Bar Experience, Las Vegas


Minus5 is an ice bar where you can touch, feel, and explore handcrafted ice sculptures. 

Everything inside minus5 is made of ice: the walls, the bar, the seats and even the glasses that you enjoy their famous vodka-based cocktails in.

Your event is unique, which is why Minus5 believes in customizing each event to your specific needs. One stop shop made easy-you work with one Sales Manager from start to finish who will help you coordinate all aspects of your event. Both, at the Monte Carlo and at the Mandalay Bay provide coats, boots and gloves for $17.




at the Monte Carlo
3770 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV ‎
(702) 643-7800

at the Mandalay Bay
3930 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 740-5800



Las Vegas Meetup Groups

New in Vegas? Feeling alone? Not anymore. There are so many groups in Vegas; the list is endless. Raw food group, tennis group, seniors group, beer lovers group, girls night out, overweight hikers group, sushi lovers group, mom's group, camping group, line dancing group, WordPress groups, Linux group, religious groups, chefs, crafting, electronic dancing, board games, writers, politic groups, mountain bikers, and much more. There are a couple of meetup groups in Henderson as well. 

There will always be a group that fits your life style, your hobbies right here in Vegas. Here are some of these groups. Almost all of them are free of charge; some will ask you a dollar or so to pay the fees to meetup.com.  But there are some photography groups that will charge you more than that just to be a member. It is a good idea to ask about fees before joining. 


Las Vegas Dragon Boat Club

The Las Vegas Dragon Boat Club brings year round paddling to the Vegas area. We hold open paddle workouts on a regular basis, and allow local competitive teams paddling throughout the winter and early spring season. 

Las Vegas Trail-Seekers

Beginners, Intermediate, and Advanced hikers

Las Vegas Entrepreneur Business Network

A business networking group that allows business owners and entrepreneurs to be casual and still create contacts and strategic alliances.

Las Vegas Fabulous Fifties & Then Some

We welcome people in their fabulous 40's, 50's and 60's, single and married alike who live in Las Vegas, to join us in having fun!! Our group is based around socializing, it is not meant for dating, even though it does happen ;-)

Las Vegas Runners

We are building a group of easy-going people who love the simple act of running (or walking or both). Everyone is welcome to our meetups. We have beginners and advanced runners. Our focus is on building an inclusive, supportive training community in which we get together for an hour or two a couple days per week in South Las Vegas and learn the art of running, strength training and flexibility for runners, go for a run and enjoy some good coffee, camaraderie and conversation afterwards.

Vegas Hikers

We feature hikes for all skill levels, road trips, camping, and social gatherings. We have events at a huge variety of times, places, and days. We even hike at night! With dozens of organizers and an average of more than an event a day, you're sure to find activities to suit your fancy.

Desert Wranglers - A Jeef Wrangler Club

We are a family oriented off road group which focuses on trail rides in the nearby national parks, monuments, and recreation areas.   All the trails we drive can easily be driven with stock Wranglers, although 4WD may be required on occasion.

Everything 8-0's Las Vegas

This group is the place to go to mix & mingle with others who love to dance the night away to live music of new wave & 80's cover bands, and attend concerts of aging hair-bands currently on tour, as well as popular headliners re-inventing themselves today! 

Free Fun in Vegas

Most activities in this group cost $5 or less. There's so many fun things to do in this city without emptying your wallet, we just need to let everyone else know. 

Mingling Singles

The purpose of Mingling Singles is to unite singles who are seriously searching for romance and their ideal relationship partner.  This meet-up offers the opportunity for busy singles to relax, unwind, mix and mingle in a fun, pressure free, laid-back setting.



Friday, April 25, 2014

Las Vegas Visitor Centers and Las Vegas Strip Map

There are two official visitor centers in Las Vegas. One, run by the Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority, stands half a mile east of the Strip on the west side of Paradise Road, at the entrance to the vast Convention Center. The other, the headquarters of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, is at 711 E Desert Inn Rd.  

Las Vegas Convention Center and Visitors Authority is a meeting place for business, a gathering place for conferences and even a frequently used spot for expos and shows. It can also be rented by businesses or companies as a whole, or the individual buildings may be rented to use for smaller conferences or events. The Las Vegas Convention Center Calendar is posted on the official website for the Las Vegas Convention Center (http://www.lvcva.com).  You can also find brochures and leaflets displayed in the lobby of hotels. Similarly, it is easy to pick up a decent map of the city at the desk of your hotel or car rental agency. The streetscape changes so fast, especially along the Strip, that it's essential for that map to be as updated as possible. 

LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas Convention
and Visitors Authority
3150 Paradise Road
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-892-0711
877-VISITLV (877-847-4858)
Open Mon through Fri from 8 am to 5 pm
Closed Sat and Sun

LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce 
711 E Desert Inn Rd
Las Vegas, NV 
 89109
Monday to Friday 
From 8 am to 5 pm
(702) 735-1616

PRIMM
Las Vegas Welcome Center @ Primm
32100 S Las Vegas Blvd, STE 112
Primm, NV 89019
Open Thu through Mon 9:30 am - 6 pm
Closed Tue and Wed


LAUGHLIN
Laughlin Visitor Information Center
1555 Casino Dr.
Laughlin, NV 89029
800-4LAUGHLIN (800-452-8445)
Open Mon through Fri 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Sat and Sun

MESQUITE
Nevada Welcome Center @ Mesquite
I-15, Exit 122
Mesquite, NV
877-MESQUITE (877-637-7848)
Open Mon through Fri 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Sat and Sun

BOULDER CITY
Nevada Welcome Center
@ Boulder City
US 93
Boulder City, NV
Open Mon through Fri 8 am to 4:30 pm
Closed Sat and Sun





Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area

Sandstone at Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. 

Red Rock Canyon, home to the Red Rock Escarpment, a 3,000 foot-high mass of multicolored pinnacles and boulders jutting from the canyon floor. It's also home to more than 45 species of mammals, about 100 species of birds, 30 reptiles and amphibians, bighorn sheep, coyotes, feral horses, burros and an abundance of plant life. 

The 13-mile paved scenic loop drive offers picnic areas, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.  $7 per vehicle

Address: 
Scenic Loop Dr
Las Vegas, NV 89161
702 515-5350

Opens from 9 am to 5 pm
$7-per-vehicle fee for entering the park

Directions:
From Las Vegas, travel west on Charleston Boulevard, which will become State Highway 159, to the Red Rock Canyon entrance.

Climbing Red Rock
Red Rock Climbing Center Outdoor Guide Service
 
The RRCCOGS operates in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area by permission of the Las Vegas District of the Bureau of Land Management. Las Vegas' only locally-owned guide service. 702-254-5604

http://redrockclimbingcenter.com/mountain_guides.htm


Google maps





American Southwest Map



Mary Jane Falls

Short but very strenuous hike, climbing almost 1,100 feet in 1.6 miles, utilizing switchbacks and stone steps on a heavily used trail. It is a very steep trail, loose rock, and netting in place for erosion control. 

The trail starts in the bottom of Kyle Canyon, which at this point is deep, heavily forested, and surrounded by beautiful gray limestone cliffs.

There is a nice size cave along the north cliff, to the left of the falls on the left; with an easy to follow path leading to the mouth of the cave. There is another one about 400 ft farther out the trail past the falls. This cave has some flowstone, broken cave curtains, and tiny stalactites.


From the base of the falls you can see Big Falls and Charleston Peak in the background. 

This is a pretty trail with ponderosa pines, white fir, aspen, and mountain mahogany. Look for deer and fox in the aspens at sunrise and sunset, near the beginning /end of trail.






TrailheadI-15 N from Las Vegas to 95 N towards Reno, W on SR 157 (Mt. Charleston - Kyle Canyon) continue past the hotel, 2 miles W of USFS ranger station, to Echo Road. This is where the road curves sharply to the left to head up into old town and the lodge. Instead, continue to the right (almost straight) as it becomes Echo Road. Turn left at the fork onto the gravel road and park at the trailhead. There are RR at this parking area and it is also the trailhead for Big Falls.  Trailheads map

Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, Mt Charleston Trailheads Map

The Spring Mountains National Recreation Area is part of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Better known to locals as Mount Charleston.

Mt Charleston is located just 30 minutes from Downtown Las Vegas and encompasses more than 316,000 acres of remarkable beauty and surprising diversity. Mt Charleston trailheads. Spring Mountains showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet.

Red Rock Canyon itself is a side-canyon accessible only by a four-wheel-drive road off of the scenic loop. The unnamed but often-visited valley cut through by State Route 159 is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon. Great Basin Institute map 












Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Skywalk, Grand Canyon West Rim

We are very fortunate in Southern Nevada to live in close proximity to numerous natural wonders. The first one everyone thinks of is the Grand Canyon. We also have many engineering wonders as well, one of course being Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon Skywalk.

Many people are not familiar with the Hualapai Indian tribe. The Hualapai tribe owns one million acres on the western rim of the Grand Canyon. The Skywalk extends out over the Grand Canyon. It is a glass u-shaped bridge that allows visitors to virtually walk on air 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon.

It’s a millions of dollars in financing, not only for the bridge, but for other attractions and amenities, including, a hotel with an unrivaled view, plus, an Indian village consisting of authentic native shelters from the Hualapai, the Navajo, and the Hopi, a western themed village, and other activities. 

Before the Skywalk opened, the only way to get an eagle's eye view of the canyon was by helicopter. The Hualapai airport is already Arizona's 5th busiest. Visitors can zip down to the river to enjoy the solitude or ride the Colorado aboard the tribe's boats. The Hualapai want to succeed, of course, but are taking precise steps to protect the land, no carnival atmosphere, and no condominium towers on the rim. 

Near the point where the Skywalk were built, there's a section of the canyon called Eagle Point. You can see where it got the name. There are other places accessible only by foot or by hummer. 

The Skywalk is capable of supporting the weight of 72 fully-loaded 747 jetliners. That's a message the tribe wants to get out. so they can talk people into taking that little stroll out over the canyon. 

From Las Vegas, it takes less than three hours via ground transportation to arrive at the canyon's western rim.

The Skywalk includes highlights such as a high-end café and restaurant with outdoor patio and rooftop seating on the edge of the canyon, as well as meeting and wedding facilities.


Getting there
Grand Canyon West is located in north, western Arizona. Many visitors will start their tour directly from Las Vegas, Nevada; Kingman, Arizona; or Peach Springs, Arizona; all of which are approximately 2 ½ hours from Grand Canyon West. If you are driving, plan for at least 4-5 hours of traveling time and 2-3 hours of tour time at Grand Canyon West. 

From Las Vegas 
Grand Canyon West is approximately 120 miles east of Las Vegas. Take U.S. Highway 93 south to Hoover Dam (about 32 miles) and continue south another 40 miles to the Dolan Springs/Meadivew City/Pierce Ferry Road exit. Turn left and follow Pierce Ferry Road to Diamond Bar Road (about 28 miles). Turn right at the sign and stay on Diamond Bar Road to Grand Canyon West (about 21 miles). 

From Kingman 
Take U.S Highway 93 north to Dolan Springs/Meadiew City/Pierce Ferry Road exit (about 30 miles). Follow Pierce Ferry Road to Diamond Bar Road (about 28 miles). Turn right at the sign and stay on Diamond Bar Road to Grand Canyon West (about 21 miles).








Cathedral Rock Trail at Mt Charleston, Las Vegas

Half a mile further along Hwy-157 from Mary Jane Falls, the Cathedral Rock Trail sets off from a roadside parking lot. Starting at 7600 feet and climbing a further thousand feet along a rough but not very steep footpath, the three-mile round trip can be pretty grueling for anyone unused to such elevations. The hike is moderately strenuous, 3 miles round-trip, and will take approximately 2.5 hours.

En route to the top of the promontory known as Cathedral Rock, you have to circle around Mazive Canyon, by way of denuded hillsides cleared by countless winter avalanches. You're eventually rewarded with views all the way back down Kyle Canyon - though not as far as Las Vegas - as well as onward to Charleston PeakIts smooth bald dome is the only point in the mountains that pokes out above the tree line.

Getting there
To get there take US 95 north from Las Vegas to State Highway 157/Kyle Canyon Road. Turn left and follow the road to the Cathedral Rock parking area which is approximately 100 yards prior to the Mt. Charleston Lodge. You'll see the uphill road to the parking area directly ahead of you just prior to the lodge.  







Cathedral Rock Trail 
Toiyabe National Forest
Las Vegas, NV 89124




Las Vegas Extreme Heat Warning

Another method is to wear loose fitting clothes so the air between your skin and your clothes can circulate and keep your body cooler


If you’re planning to come to Las Vegas this summer, you should think about the local weather conditions before you leave home. 

Las Vegas experiences extreme heat conditions that involve temperatures exceeding 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Southern Nevada temperatures have been ranging from the low 110’s to 119 degrees and nearby Death alley and Needles, California have experienced temperatures of 123 degrees.

Keep in mind that these warnings are especially important for the elderly and young children. Focusing on young children, it’s especially important to think of keeping young children inside during these excessively hot temperatures. Young children and infants don’t have the ability yet for their bodies to adjust to these extreme temperatures. So, if you have an infant or a young child, please do not subject them to these hot outside temperatures, no matter how much water they drink, they may experience severe dehydration or heat stroke. As we all know, dehydration is the loss of water in the body and heat stroke is the over-heating of the brain. This can be fatal, and occurs rapidly in infants. 
To avoid heat stroke in infants, it’s best to keep them indoors during periods of excessive heat. Please don’t place your infant in a baby stroller with a sun-shade and attempt to walk up and down the strip during periods of excessive temperatures. 

This has resulted in many infants each summer experiencing heat stroke, a fatal condition if not treated early enough in its onset. Many parents think they will only be outside for a brief period and end up being outside for longer than they had planned, and it only results in their infants suffering the worst tragedy of their lies. Symptoms that include vomiting and unresponsiveness are keys to look for. If you’ve had your infant outside for extended periods in excessive heat and witness these symptoms, seek pediatric medical attention ASAP, or call 911. Please, heed our warning; keep your children safe and cool.

In referring to older children, teenage children and of course yourself, there are many ways to help your body stay cooler. The foremost method is to drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Another method is to wear loose fitting clothes so the air between your skin and your clothes can circulate and keep your body cooler. Don’t wear too much clothing, too much of a good thing can be detrimental, but don’t wear too few clothes either. This can result in sunburn. But if you must wear skimpy clothing, apply sunscreen to protect your skin from sunburn.

by Bruce A. Taylor


Green Valley Ranch, Henderson

Perched high on the southern slopes of the Las Vegas Valley, eight miles southeast of the Strip in suburban Henderson, the $300 million Green Valley Ranch became the tenth in the ever-expanding Stations chain when it opened at Christmas 2001. 

While owner Frank Fertitta III described it as being his latest attempt to "create the perfect mouse trap," he's not trying to catch mice so much as big cheeses - high-spending, luxury-loving gamblers who don't want to stay on the Strip. 

Whether such creatures actually exist is debatable, but with its extensive pools, spa, and panoramic gardens, Green alley Ranch is certainly a well-laid trap. Local residents come for the usual good-value Stations buffet, the movie theater, and outlets of such restaurants as Il Fornaio and Border Grill. 




2300 Paseo Verde Parkway 
Henderson, NV 89052



Las Vegas Golf Map

The Wynn Golf and Country Club
is the only one attached to a resort on the Las Vegas Strip. If you can't bring your own equipment, complimentary clubs by Callaway and shoes by Foot Joy are always provided.  
http://www.wynnlasvegas.com/Activities/Golf/WynnGolfCourse
3131 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109  - (702) 770-4653
(888) 320-9966, (702) 770-4653 Fax: (702) 770-1570







Las Vegas Golf Club
A traditional favorite of Las Vegas, this layout provides a great environment for all golfers. One of the oldest courses in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Golf Club features numerous trees and is just a few minutes from the strip. In the 1950’s, the course hosted a PGA TOUR event.


Angel Park Golf Club Angel Park in Summerlin features 2 championship 18-hole layouts, a twelve-hole par three, and an unique 18-hole putting course. A large driving range, practice green and short game area are also on property. The driving range, putting course and 9 out of the 12 holes of the famous par three Cloud Nine Course are lit for night play. 

Badlands Golf Club is the epitome of a target desert golf course set amid the natural desert habitat. With four sets of tees to choose from, the golf course offers an exciting challenge to the casual golfer as well as the experienced player. Designed by Johnny Miller with consultation from Chi Chi Rodriguez, the course features spectacular terrain and breathtaking views. 

Bali Hai Golf Club
Course Information Opened in November 2000 Course Designer: Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley Course Management: Walters Golf Yardage: 7,015 

Desert Pines Golf Course - Opened in 1996 Course Designer: Dye Designs International Course Management: Walters Golf Yardage: 6,811 Rating & Slope: 70.4/122 
Desert Pines Golf Club creates a “Carolina feel in Las Vegas” with 4,000 mature pine trees, pine needles, white sand bunkers and water that comes into play on nine of the 18 holes. Seasonal flowers and hand-cut stones create the ideal ambiance for this Dye Designs International-designed layout. 

Desert Rose Golf Course
Desert Rose offers an alternative to the higher green fees of the Las Vegas' premiere resort golf courses. Located 15 minutes from the Las Vegas Boulevard, Desert Rose is easily accessible and will satisfy your golfing needs. Designed by Joe Lee and Dick Wilson, who also designed Doral, the course annually hosts the Clark County Amateur. Palm trees, water hazards and bunkers decorate the course. 

Dragon Ridge Country Club is being heralded as one of the newest premier golf course in the Las Vegas and Henderson area. The course was sculpted out of the McCullough Mountains, which is said to have the most beautiful views of the entire Las Vegas Valley.  

Las Vegas National Club
An oasis in the desert, this course hosted PGA and LPGA Tour events including the Tournament of Champions and the 1996 Las Vegas Invitational. Its well-bunkered greens and lush fairways are protected by palm, pine, and olive trees. Electronic yardage provided in cars.

Legacy Golf Club
The Legacy is 18 holes of golf by Arthur Hills featuring numerous bunkers, rolling mounds, large greens and multiple level fairways. A true links design destined to provide a complete golf experience to the player of any ability level. The fairways of the Legacy weave elegantly through the upscale neighborhoods of the master-planned Green Valley community.  

Painted Desert Golf Course
Painted Desert was the original desert-style golf course in Las Vegas, and the contrasts of the desert areas and lush green fairways lend beauty and challenge to the experience. Painted Desert’s tee boxes and fairways are separated by native desert vegetation (cactus and mesquite), several lakes guard the landing areas and greens, and many bunkers dot the course. At the end of the day, the greens of the grasses and the sunset on the mountains are a beautiful combination.

Paiute Resort - Snow Mountain
This great course was designed by non other than Pete Dye for the Paiute Indian Resort complex which, when finished will have four courses in total. The design features all of Mr. Dye's design concepts. Although it shows a softer side of Dye's personality with wide 
fairways and easier access to the greens. Plays 7158 yards, par 72, sloped at 125 and 23 miles from Center Strip.

Paiute Resort - Sun Mountain - The Sun Mountain course at The Paiute Resort is the second Pete Dye design and more in line with the design concepts Dye used at PGA West, Crooked Stick, Harbor Town at Hilton Head and TPC at Sawgrass. Plays at 7128 yards, par 72, sloped at 125 and 23 miles from Las Vegas.

Paiute Resort - Wolf Mountain
This great course was designed by non other than Pete Dye for the Paiute Indian Resort complex which, when finished will have four courses in total. The design features all of Mr. Dye's design concepts. Although it shows a softer side of Dye's personality with wide fairways and easier access to the greens. Plays 7158 yards, par 72, sloped at 125 and 23 miles from Center Strip.

Revere Golf Club at Anthem - Concord
Welcome to The Revere Golf Club, a revolutionary golf experience with 36 holes that will test your skills, challenge your nerve, and inspire your soul. Created by legendary PGA Tour player Billy Casper and architect Greg Nash. 

Revere Golf Club at Anthem - Lexington
Welcome to The Revere Golf Club, a revolutionary golf experience with 36 holes that will test your skills, challenge your nerve, and inspire your soul. Created by legendary PGA Tour player Billy Casper and architect Greg Nash. 

Rio Secco Golf Club - Set among the rolling foothills of the Black Mountain Range in Las Vegas, the new Rio Secco Golf Club provides a world-class golf experience unlike any other. The 18-hole, championship course is designed originally for the guests of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and is located just 12 minutes south of the award-winning resort. 
Royal Links Golf Club - Opened in 1998 Course Designer: Dye Designs International Course Management: Walters Golf Yardage: 7,029 



Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas

Rehab Pool Party at Hard Rock is the most famous pool party in Las Vegas, featuring lushly landscaped grounds dotted with cabanas, daybeds, banquettes and Bikini Invitational on Saturdays mornings


If you don't already share the widespread delusion that the Hard Rock Cafe is by definition the coolest place in any city worldwide, little about the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, a mile east of the Strip, is likely to convince you. Its own brochures drone on about how "hip" the place is, how it's "the first ever rock'n'roll resort," and that "this is not your father's Vegas any more," but it's really not a patch on the current generation of Strip giants. 

Guitars signed by the likes of Bob Dylan and George Michael hang above the check-in desk, and the cashier's cage bears the slogan "In Rock We Trust." Elsewhere, display-case mannequins sport Prince's spangly jumpsuit and Madonna's pointy corset, while motorcycles and drum kits stand atop banks of slot machines.

 It's just that the whole thing is so lame, full of pony-tailed men and designer-label women trying to look like they're twenty years younger than they really are. Not even the background music is "hard rock"; it remains consistently soft and soothing. 

The casino itself occupies the sunken central floor space of this circular building, so it's easy to find your way around. Much smaller than its Strip counterparts, it's also as a rule much less busy. There are so (relatively) few rooms in the hotel, and they're so expensive, that the only time the place really comes alive is when there's a big-name gig in its lie-music venue, The Joint (tickets can cost over $200). 

Peter Morton, the co-founder of the Hard Rock franchise - though the Hard Rock Hotel is the only one he still owns - is the son of Arnie Morton, who set up the steakhouse chain Morton's of Chicago . Hence the presence of A.J.'s Steakhouse , added as part of a general upgrading of the hotel's restaurants that also saw the arrival of the gourmet's dream, Nobu. 





Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV








Rehab Pool Party, the most famous pool party in Las Vegas featuring lushly landscaped grounds dotted with cabanas, daybeds, banquettes and Bikini Invitational  Saturdays at 10 am with DJ Crystal Hefner

Admission starts at $30 for ladies and $50 for gentlemen on Saturdays and Rehab Sundays. Cover charge is subject to change on holiday & special event nights. 
Beachwear is required for entry. Music: indie, electronic and new school hip hop.


Things to do in and around Las Vegas

Big Elvis, performing by Pete Vallee, inside the Piano Bar, Tuesday thru Friday 3 pm to 6 pm. Pete Vallee stars as Big Elvis in this classic Las Vegas impersonator show. Watch as he performs Suspicious Mind and all the hits, plus other popular tunes spanning six decades. Big Elvis is one of the best free Las Vegas shows on the Strip. Vallee is a multi-time Best of Las Vegas winner who performed more than 7,000 performances on the Strip, making this Las Vegas Elvis show an institution. Harrah's Hotel and Casino. 3475 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109   Phone:(702) 369-5000

Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
features live concerts, 32 lanes of bowling and food by celebrated restauranteurs, Blue Ribbon. With three levels spanning nearly 80,000 square feet, offers programming throughout the day and late into the night, with concert headliners that include Elvis Costello and The Roots, The Avett Brothers, Jane’s Addiction, Phil Lesh and Friends, The String Cheese Incident, Cake and Primus. Address: 3545 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

Frank The Man The Music
There are many highlights of this show that range from an intimate experience with Sinatra and the audience to the recreation of momentous moments of Sinatra’s career.   Near the middle of the show, the house lights are brought down and Mr. Anderson ties the belt of his London Fog coat, and causally lights his cigarette. Under the stage light, it is just the piano, Mr. Anderson, a glass of scotch, and cigarette. more...


Regency Tropicana Cinemas
No-frills movie theater offering low-priced, 2nd-run films ($1 on Tuesdays) plus concessions.fairly recent movies.  3D movies for $2.50.  3330 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89121
(702) 438-3456



Chinatown Las Vegas

Located 2 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, with lots of restaurants, boba tea, gift stores, dessert places, massage parlors, Asian grocery.
4255 Spring Mountain Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89102
9:00 am – 10:00 pm    (702) 221-8448


Las Vegas desert tours provide the chance to see the American Southwest in its most beautiful and primitive state such as sandstone formations, wild horses, big horn sheep, rabbits, bald eagles, and endless variety of wild flowers, trees and cactus. Each desert tour takes a number of stops at unique spots. more...



Primm Outlet Mall    
41 miles from Las Vegas on the California border, this name-brand outlet mall is definitely worth the trip.  Also at this location are three casinos:  Terribles (attached to the mall), Whiskey Pete's and Wild Bill's (both connected to the mall by monorail).  There are shopping shuttle tours available for $15 from several on-Strip locations, including Fashion Show Mall and MGM Grand, with departures beginning around 9 a.m. with return trips ending with a 6 p.m. departure from the mall The shuttles guarantee 3 hours of shopping, but it is possible to arrange a return on a later bus by contacting the Service Center booth at the food court at the mall at 12:30.  32100 S las Vegas Blvd, Primm, NV 89019   (702) 874-1400



Sun Buggy Las Vegas

Provides free shuttles from resort in Las Vegas to take an adventure tour in their custom built dune buggies. Las Vegas Mni Baja Chase,  Mini Baja Chase After Dark,  Vegas Dunes Off Road Tour, among many other driving a buggy desert racer. Prices: from $100 to $1399 1 888 728-4443   Book online at ttp://www.sunbuggy.com




First Friday - The Arts District

Once a month the pedestrian-friendly streets of downtown transform into a huge block party. First Friday is a celebration of art, food and music. It's a community event where all are welcome and encouraged to see what the local artists have to offer.
4th Street, Las Vegas, NV




Free Fun in Vegas Group
This meetup set up activities for free or less tha n $5 around Vegas http://www.meetup.com/freevegas/
Outdoors
There are many meetup groups such as Vegas hiking, www.meetup.com/VegasHikers  for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, ...




Grand Canyon Skywalk

A glass horseshoe-shaped bridge jutting out over the edge of the Grand Canyon 4,000 feet above the floor of the canyon.  The bridge is located at the area more popularly known as Grand Canyon West.  more...






Rehab Pool Party
 at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

With a live performance by Las Vegas best known DJs.
Tickets:
Female around $10 and male around $20
4455 Paradise Rd, 
Las Vegas, NV 89169
Phone:(702) 693-5500







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by Bea Taylor