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By mongoose
Mar 26, 2012

So as entertaining as it is to read about mossy cam placements I need some advice. My dad and I planned a trip to Vegas to climb and bike around red rocks a while back but I sprained my ankle a few days before leaving and climbing/biking/hiking is out o the question.
Niether of us are particularly into the typicall "Vegas" scene (I also am broke so no gambling for me).

So, I have one more day here with a bum ankle. Any cool things to do around here? We have a car and are willing to drive.

C'mon MP what you got.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Oh my goodness, there's sooo much cool stuff to see, and do in, and around Vegas. I'll post after I awaken myself with a cup of coffee; worked an 18 hour shift yesterday, and ten hours today, so I really need the extra energy boost before I start posting. : )

I'll be back soon.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Just to get you started, until you tell us what your specific interests are. : )

ATOMIC TESTING MUSEUM

THE SPRINGS PRESERVE

HOOVER DAM TOUR

PINBALL MUSEUM/PINBALL HALL OF FAME

If your ankle is okay for walking on a fairly level trail, the "Railroad Tunnels" near Hoover Dam is a really scenic walk, and the tunnels have a lot of history,(A supply route when the dam was being built), and you could even walk all the way to Hoover Dam if your ankle's up for it. There's plenty of benches to stop, and rest along the trail which has nice views of Lake Mead.

EASY RAILROAD TUNNEL HIKE

In Goodsprings, Nevada (a 30 minute, or so casual drive SW of Vegas)

THE HISTORICAL PIONEER SALOON

About 1 1/2 hour drive SW of Vegas, is the China Ranch Date Farm, and the Tecopa Hotsprings, Ca. - the drive is through the beautiful desert (on a highway that runs along a portion of the Old Spanish Trail), Tecopa HS is only a 5 minute drive from the Date Ranch. China Ranch (a working farm) has cool stuff to look at, including many varieties of date trees, and they have great date shakes there! Picnic tables are available. : )

CHINA RANCH DATE FARM

DELIGHTS HOTSPRINGS

If you're into Area 51, and like being entertained by odd desert folk, and folklore, and believe in the possibility of aliens for a split second, then Rachel, Nevada could be a fun time. Visit the Little Ale-inn; just don't bring up how you like Oscar Goodman, and you'll be fine. WooWee, I shouldn't have mentioned that man to those good local folks. ; ) FYI-they have a decent bar. It's a beautiful 3 hour desert drive NW of Vegas.

THE LITTLE ALEINN


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By Ryan Chelstowski
From Colorado Springs, CO
Mar 26, 2012
inner chi

Drive to Zion and Bryce


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By Carl Sherven
Mar 26, 2012

These are a bit more touristy, but:

If your into cars...
- The auto collection at Imperial Palace
- The Caroll Shelby Museum at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

If you're into art check out Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. They have a Claude Monet exhibit right now. It rotates every few months, so it will probably be something new every time you go to Vegas. I always used to recommend to everyone visiting this when I lived out there. While you're there, stop at Gellato for a cold treat and watch the water show outside.


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 26, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Great list from GiGi', especially the peaceful drive through the Pahrannegat (sp?) Valley all the way up to Rachel, NV to visit the Little AleInn.( ..I think I've still got a pic taken in 90's that's up on the wall)...They have quaint alien souveniers and a tasty burger too. Take a drive down Groom Lake road if you like, just to say you got that much closer to Area 51. The Atomic Museum is an awesome place to see in Vegas, and also that new Mob Museum too for the total history of how and when Vegas got started up.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

If you're mostly doing a drive tour because of your bum ankle, you'll have time to see many sites -take a day trip to visit Death Valley (now's a perfect time before it gets too hot!) You can hit up Rhyolite Ghost town outside of Beatty, and Baileys Hotsprings/campground- only 5 bucks to soak (if you're not camping there) and the buildings that house the hotsprings are cool old railroad worker cabins from the 1920s (It's right off the 95 North-if you blink you might miss it!). Scotty's Castle is nice to visit, and also the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns (no hiking involved). Furnace Creek is popular with tourists, and they have a neat little museum there. I believe the visitor center is still closed for renovations. If you do decide to do the Death Valley Loop (via the 95 North, and through Pahrump), gas up either in Pahrump, or in Beatty (depending on which way you choose to head there), otherwise gas will cost you an arm, and a leg in Death Valley.

RHYOLITE GHOST TOWN

BAILEY'S HOTSPRINGS

WILDROSE CHARCOAL KILNS

SCOTTY'S CASTLE


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Great list from GiGi', especially the peaceful drive through the Pahrannegat (sp?) Valley all the way up to Rachel, NV to visit the Little AleInn.( ..I think I've still got a pic taken in 90's that's up on the wall)...They have quaint alien souveniers and a tasty burger too. Take a drive down Groom Lake road if you like, just to say you got that much closer to Area 51. The Atomic Museum is an awesome place to see in Vegas, and also that new Mob Museum too for the total history of how and when Vegas got started up.


Thanks Woodchuck- and another thanks for mentioning that awful P word! I'll have to ask a local in Alamo how to pronounce it correctly. : ) Pahranagat NWR is a great place to stop, and take in the views of the lake and to picnic at. Don't forget to take a photo of the Extra Terrestrial Highway sign! And yes, as WC said, take a drive up the nice gravel road to Area 51- All the way to the guard shack, that is, then get the hell out of there. ... ; )

PAHRANAGAT NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

If in the area you can also check out the climbs in Rainbow Canyon in Caliente for future reference (no hiking involved-it's right off the road). Beautiful cracks out there!

RAINBOW CANYON

Also in the area, outside of Caliente is the awesome Delamar Ghost Town AKA "The Widow Maker". I love to visit this place- Takes you back in time.

DELAMAR GHOST TOWN

EDIT: I was going to mention the new Mob Museum, but it's closed for a private event today. I haven't been there yet, so I can't tell you if it's worth going to, or not. Here's the link for furture reference.

THE MOB MUSEUM

There was a lot of controversy in the creation/building of the 50 million dollar Mob Museum. It was Oscar Goodman's pet project. Here's a link if you're bored, and want to read.

CONTROVERSY

EDIT:
The Mojave National Preserve is a nice place to visit- (go by way of the I-15 S, to Nipton Rd.), stop off in Nipton at the cool little market (a historical area), and then head to the Kelso Depot/museum, from there (the RR Depot has been restored beautifully), grab something to eat at the "Lunch Room" counter at the Kelso Depot, and watch the trains go by- they also have picnic tables outside if you brought your own food. The amazing Kelso Dunes are nearby, and you can even squeeze in a visit to the Amboy Crater.

NIPTON

KELSO DEPOT

KELSO DUNES

AMBOY CRATER

Hell, if you make it out to Amboy, you might as well drive another hour, and be in beautiful Joshua Tree NP! I've done all the stops mentioned, plus hiked, and rode through J-Tree, and back to Vegas in a day with non-climbing friends with no problem!

Whatever you end up doing, have fun!!


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 26, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Gigi' girl, you are a virtual tour guide. I'm definately looking you up the next time I'm out that way for fun and excitement, Vegas style.
Spent much of the mid 90's out there camped nights on Freedom Ridge overlooking Groom Lake activities. Was fun being chased by black helicopters in the morning back then. A nice 'rest day' activity from climbing.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Spent much of the mid 90's out there camped nights on Freedom Ridge overlooking Groom Lake activities. Was fun being chased by black helicopters in the morning back then. A nice 'rest day' activity from climbing.


Awesome!

I believe you can only hike as far as Tikaboo Peak now (as far as the high peaks looking down into Area-51, that is), which only gives you a sliver of views onto Groom Lake. We had an interesting experience up there a few years ago on a perfect moonless night in freezing cold temps. We hiked up to the summit of Tikaboo Peak in the evening to watch the sunset, and wait till it got pitch black, so we could see the lights/activity at Groom Lake with our cheap ass telescope from Big 5 sporting goods (LOL!). It was all fine, and dandy until we were done freezing, and seeing all we could see, and realized we both forgot our headlamps. "WTF" , that never happens to us, we're trad climbers! To make a long story short, I can empathize with blind folks, as we had to find our way off the mountain in complete blackness, and it was so freakin' hard to go by feel alone. It took forever to get down, and I bumped into quite a few trees(the area is forested), got a bit scraped up, and cursed like a sailor (poor Jonny, he doesn't curse, ever). I was able to use the light of my cellphone to flash a small amount of light every now, and then to locate parts of the intermittent trail, until it finally died-that did help me get through some of the forest. It was a challenge to find the truck in the darkness too! It always feels like being in 5 star hotel to me when I collapse in the seat of our vehicle after these sorts of adventures. ; )

@ Woodchuck-
It helps that I drink a lot of coffee, and that my attention span is short, and I can't just do any one old thing for too long before I get bored. I need some of everything as far as activities go to keep me happy, it seems. City stuff, outdoor activities, travelling, hanging with folks from all walks of life; It keeps things interesting for me. Plus I like to be the tour guide for some of my friends that aren't so outdoorsy, or not so adventurous; I love when they have a good time outside their element, and their eyes light up, or they bust out laughing after they get terrified, and scream, and dance when they see a snake, or lizard. They always seem to have funny stories to tell others when they get back to Vegas (oh boy, here we go again), after I almost kill them (they say it, not me!). I'm also lucky to have a boyfriend that's even more adventurous than me; we end up in some really cool, and remote places off the beaten path!

EDIT: I hope we didn't overwhelm poor mongoose; Come back, buddy! I guess I should have asked "How Broke?" before I posted all these "day road trips"- gas is expensive, isn't it. : (


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By mongoose
Mar 26, 2012

Thanks! Think we're gonna check out that atomic museum. Way to pull through guys.

We checked out red rocks yesterday. Drove around a looked (no climbing unfortunatly). Holy shit that place looks awesome. My hand are still sweating!

I gotta come back when my ankles all healed up and I'll try some of your other suggestions on my rest days.

-goose


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By Woodchuck ATC
Mar 26, 2012
Rock Wars, RRG, 2008

Be sure to hit up the souvenier shop at the Atomic Museum for some nice shirts and stuff.....pretty reasonable prices too. Glow in the dark neon colored periodic table on one shirt. Great books on history of the Nevada Test Site too.


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By Brian in SLC
Mar 26, 2012
Climbing in Smuggler's Notch

Woodchuck ATC wrote:
Gigi' girl, you are a virtual tour guide.


Ditto that. 'Preciate ya!


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Aww,, that's sweet! Hey Brian, we've been missing you at the MP beer nights lately. Where have you been? : )

Edit: good choice with the ATM, goose. I see that their Area-51 exhibit opens today! Woohoo!


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By John Wilder
From Las Vegas, NV
Mar 26, 2012

its a bit far into town, but the Pinball Hall of Fame is definitely worth checking out- no admission charge, just go in and play any one of their machines- i think they have over 100 machines dating from the 1940s to today, including arcade games from the 80s as well. pretty sweet stuff.

Tropicana, just east of Maryland Parkway on the north side of the street.


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By Zappatista
Mar 26, 2012
Book me, officer.

I had no idea that place existed until now. Thanks, John! The random cool shit you learn about on this site, I'm telling you...

Insert Coins is pretty cool, also. Le Thai across the street is definitely worth a look as well, totally different flavor from other Thai spots in Vegas, though Archi's and Lotus are still king.

Don't reccommend the zipline on Fremont. Bad news.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

I love that damn Pinball Museum (I had posted the link above, earlier today, but glad you posted the details, and address for the MPers). I believe it's non-profit, and they give to local charities too. You can read all about the good folks at the PHOF by clicking on the link to their website. A handful of quarters is all you need for a good time. I like their old location better though, the new location is very close to the strip, but not the same vibe IMO. But still awesome, and a very unique experience for folks!


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By -sp
From East-Coast
Mar 29, 2012
Buenos Dias!

John Wilder wrote:
its a bit far into town, but the Pinball Hall of Fame is definitely worth checking out- no admission charge, just go in and play any one of their machines- i think they have over 100 machines dating from the 1940s to today, including arcade games from the 80s as well. pretty sweet stuff. Tropicana, just east of Maryland Parkway on the north side of the street.



Wow, just added that to the list of rainy-day activites. Thanks so much.


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By DexterRutecki
From Cincinnati, Ohio
Mar 29, 2012

Brian in SLC wrote:
'Preciate ya!


Ugh of course you are from Utah... Man that is one saying that is like nails on a chalkboard. Why do Utards insist on saying that?


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
Mar 29, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

DexterRutecki wrote:
Ugh of course you are from Utah... Man that is one saying that is like nails on a chalkboard. Why do Utards insist on saying that?


My guess is it probably originated from the ol' ranchers, and cowboys running rampant in Utah for generations. It doesn't bother me, at all, but then again, I'm a Vegas local, and nothing really bothers me too much for more than a few minutes at a time, thank goodness. If in that rare chance that something does, I simply get rid of it. ; ) My blood pressure averages around 92/55 or so, pulse 54-62 BPM even with all the coffee I drink, and junk I eat. : )


EDIT to add: The Eldorado Mine Tour in Nelson, NV. is a cool place to visit, especially if entertaining kids, and/or a non-climbing sig. other. The folks that own/run the tour do a good job, and there's fun stuff to look at on their property, and on the surrounding grounds/desert. It's beautiful there in Nelson! There's kayaking nearby too, although that area of the Coloroado River has been trashed by folks. It's a popular area for cliff jumpers. Once you walk through the section of thick garbage that looks like a third world country, and cross the river with your kayaks, it's enjoyable when away from the garbage, but personally, I don't care for leaving my vehicle unattended there in the ghetto of the Colorado River too much. A better place to kayak is at Black Canyon/Willow Beach, AZ. nearby the Hoover Dam. You can even kayak (or boat) all the way to the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, and visit the hotsprings (that's if you're an experienced, and efficient kayaker- it would take me a long time to kayak to the Bypass Bridge from Willow Beach, as I'm a rookie).

ELDORADO MINE TOUR, NELSON NV.

BLACK CANYON/WILLOW BEACH AZ.

HOTSPRINGS ON THE COLORADO RIVER

Speaking of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge- if in the area, don't forget to walk across the bridge; it offers amazing views of the Dam. There's free temporary parking there.

Last Edit to add: A bit off topic, but if you're into food trucks- follow these guys; it's popular with the hip locals. : ) Yummy!!

FUKUBURGER


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
May 12, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Another nice rest day activity here in Vegas on Fridays from 9:00 am-2:00 pm, is our fairly new Downtown 3RD Farmer's Market

Our Farmer's Market may be small compared to other big cities, but it's impressive for Sin City, and growing, and the parking is free. It already has some pretty awesome vendors. There's also outdoor seating, with some popular food trucks outside. There's quite a bit of organic fruits, and veggies from small farms, and lots of local, small business specialty foods/products. Downtown 3RD Farmer's Market is housed in a quaint old bus station, right next to the new Mob Museum.

And I highly recommend checking out our art culture/community at
FIRST FRIDAY in Downtown Las Vegas on first Fridays of the months, if you're lucky enough to be in town at that time; it's a really vibrant, and unique experience for folks who appreciate the arts. It's a super fun night time activity!

And how could I have forgotten to mention that there's a really cool orchard in Vegas... yep, in Vegas, where you pick your own fruit, and veggies. Fun for adults, and kids, and the prices are very reasonable.

GILCREASE ORCHARD

Enjoy.


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By Mike T
From Las Vegas, NV
May 13, 2012

+1 for pinball museum!!!!


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By Tim Anders
From Las Vegas
May 15, 2012

There is still a Drive In movie theater left in town. Probably one of the last in the country.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
May 15, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

Good suggestion, Tim! Cool place, but I don't really know how they manage to stay in business. When we went to that Drive-In 3 years ago, it wasn't busy at all, which was cool for us! Lots of room for our lounge camp chairs and ice chest, and everyone spaced apart nicely. Summer nights are perfect for it! Folks really should go before they shut it down.


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By Dirty Gri Gri, or is it GiGi?
From Vegas
May 26, 2012
Growing a winter coat in Red Rock Canyon- December 2013.

TOUGH MUDDER is coming to Vegas- Oct. 6th-7th Woohoo!

A supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project, which is cool!


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By theanab
Jun 23, 2012

Damn, you guys are awesome.


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