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Rock hounds will want to make the 35-mile trip southwest of Las Vegas to Goodsprings, NV. Here you'll find not only great rock hounding but also mine workings and an abandoned railroad grade. Another fun "ghost town" is Searchlight, NV, 55 miles south of Vegas. This is a good stopping place if you're headed to Davis Dam or Cotton Cove on Lake Mojave plus there are many gem fields nearby.
Hoover Dam, 702-293-1824, is just 30 miles south of town (US 93) and offers guided one hour tours. Once you finish your tour you can head to the Hoover Dam Visitors Bureau/Hoover Dam Museum, 1305 Arizona St, Boulder City, NV, 702-294-1988, to see a movie about the construction of the dam.
Another interesting stop is the Lost City Museum in Overton, NV, 702-397-2193, 60 miles northeast of Vegas. Here you'll find some interesting artifacts of prehistoric Native Americans who roamed this region. Also on site is a full-scale model of a Native American pueblo.
Just a 30 minute drive west of town will take you to Red Rock Canyon, I-15 south to state Route 160 to state Route 159 north. Here you can take a 13-mile drive through high-desert terrain which bighorn sheep and wild burros call home and see the Keystone Thrust Fault. Spring Mountain State Park, which is part of Red Rock Canyon, features a ranch house and historic grounds. Right next door you'll find the more commercial Old Nevada, a re-created 1880s mining town complete with gunfighters, saloons, and a few good guys to keep the peace.
For more outdoor fun, make the hour drive to the Valley of Fire State Park, P O Box 515, Overton, NV, 702-397-2088. Know for its red Aztec sandstone landscape, touring this state park will give you a chance to interesting rock formations including Elephant Rock and the Seven Sisters. Before you head out to explore, you'll want to stop at the Visitors Center, Highway 169 and exit 75. Here you will find exhibits on the park's history, ecology, geology, and wildlife. You can also pick up a map that will fill you in on campgrounds, auto tours, viewpoints, hiking trails, and petroglyphs. Since there are only 51 campground sites in the park itself, if you plan on staying the night, you'll probably want to make securing one of them your next priority.
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