A 15-acre water theme park, Wet 'n Wild offers visitors
surfing, swimming, rafting and a huge array of water attractions
and slides including Bomb Bay, the ultimate in a 76-foot-high
water slide experience. For the less stouthearted, a large
sunbathing deck loaded with lounges is also available. From
April 1 to June 3 Wet n' Wild is open from 10 a.m. to 6
p.m.; from June 4 through Sept. 4, hours are 10 a.m. to
8 p.m., and from Sept. 5 through Oct. 3, the park is open
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dam, an arch-gravity dam 726 feet high and 660 feet thick
at its base, is an engineering wonder of the world. The
dam forms Lake Mead, a recreational destination for fishing,
camping, boating and water skiing. Thirty-five-minute guided
tours of the dam are available daily. The Hoover Dam project,
which included the dam, the All-American Canal, the town
of Boulder City, highways, railroads and various other works,
cost $165 million to build.
price tag on the dam itself was just under $60 million,
about 6 percent of the $1 billion MGM Grand Hotel, Casino
and Theme Park on the Las Vegas Strip. More than 9 million
people use the recreational facilities at Lake Mead each
Hoover Dam Tours
Mead is 110 miles long when filled to capacity. The Lake
Mead National Recreation Area is a destination for more
9 million visitors yearly. A variety of activities can be
enjoyed on Lake Mead including camping, boating, water skiing
and fishing. There are many species of game fish including
largemouth bass, crappie, blue gill, catfish and striped
bass. Striped bass of more than 50 pounds have been caught
in Lake Mead. Although use of the Recreation Area is currently
free, the National Park Service will in the next few years
begin charging a fee to enter the area. Campers already
pay a fee to stay the night in improved facilities at the
on Lake Mead rent houseboats, ski boats and fishing boats.
The 550 miles of shore around the lake presents some great
opportunities for outdoor recreation.
Lake Mead Tours
of Fire State Park
beautiful desert park is 52 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
A visit to the park is a trip back in time where centuries
of wind erosion carved red sandstone rock formations into
exotic shapes. Still visible today are the petroglyphs that
Native Americans cut into boulders and rock faces. There
is a $3 special use fee to enter the park.
city of Overton, a short distance from Valley of Fire, the
Lost City Museum contains artifacts from ancient Native
American civilizations that once lived on the banks of the
nearby Muddy River.
the home of ancient Native American tribes, this magnificent
canyon was formed by a thrust fault -- a fracture in the
earth's crust where one rock plate is thrust horizontally
over another. Red Rock Canyon is home to feral horses and
burros, as well as various species of wildlife including
desert bighorn sheep and antelope. Stop at the visitors
center for tour information. Beginning in March or April
1997, the BLM charges a $5 fee to enter the area or a $20
fee for an annual pass.
the Red Rock Canyon recreation lands is Spring Mountain
State Park. This picturesque ranch, once owned by Howard
Hughes and another time by German heiress Vera Krupp, lies
beneath the cliffs of the Wilson Range. Springs in the surrounding
mountains provided precious water to the early Paiute Indians.
of Land Management, which oversees the Red Rock area, reports
almost one million people visit that area annually. A BLM
spokesperson said plans for Red Rock Canyon include limiting
the number of vehicles allowed in the area. A shuttle bus
system may eventually be established to reduce vehicle traffic.
Red Rock Tours
of the Spring Mountain Range, Mt. Charleston looms 11,918
feet above sea level and is a one-hour drive from Las Vegas.
Some of the mountain's recreational sites between the 6,000
to 8,500 foot level feature skiing and sleigh rides in the
winter, and horseback riding, wagonrides and hiking in the
camping is available from May 1 through Sept. 30, 7 days
a week. Walk-in snow tent camping is permitted if vehicles
can be parked safely off the highway. Some sites are available
on a first-come, first-served basis, but other sites can
be reserved. Reservations must be made at least 10 days
in advance. Facilities for recreational vehicles are available
by reservation only. To make reservations call 800-280-CAMP
(2267). For additional information please contact 702-873-8800.
tours, operated by National Park Service concessionaires,
are available including 3-, 6- and 8-day trips of the Colorado
River and its historic rapids. Black Canyon River Raft Tours
offers a leisurely Lake Mojave float trip starting at the
base of Hoover Dam and passing through one of the river's
most beautiful canyons. For information contact Grand Canyon
National Park, 602-638-7779; or Black Canyon River Raft
River Rafting Tours
here can experience some of the most spectacular views on
earth. Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona and Zion National
Park in Utah are both accessible by car and can be reached
in one day's drive from Las Vegas. Air tours of both areas
are available through several air tour companies based in
Las Vegas. Some tour operators offer both air and air-ground
Grand Canyon Tours
Public Golf Courses
Angel Park Golf Club features 36 holes of championship golf designed by the legendary Arnold Palmer, the lighted Cloud Nine Short Course and the world's original natural grass Putting Course. 100 S. Rampart Blvd. Call 702-254-4653.
Las Vegas Golf Club was established in 1945 and is the oldest course in the valley. It presents the quintessential player-friendly, muni-golf experience, but with something new: $5 million in recent improvements, including a new clubhouse and course upgrades.
Las Vegas Golf Club can't be beat for its fair prices, friendly atmosphere and relaxing golf.
4300 W. Washington. Call
Las Vegas Paiute Resort sits
at the base of the picturesque Spring Mountains. It has
three magnificent championship golf courses that was conceived and designed by world-renowned architect Pete Dye. 10325 Nu-Wav Kaiv Blvd. Call 800-711-8287.
Painted Desert Golf Club is an enjoyable and challenging golf course for everyone. Designed by award-winning architect Jay Morrish, it features narrow fairways surrounded by natural desert terrain. It is 20 to 25 minutes from the strip. 5555 Painted Mirage Road. Call 800-468-7918.