Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

The creation of Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge was a kind of miracle, as the entire area was destined to be a subdivision in 1980. The savior of Ash Meadows was the Devils Hole pupfish.


Morelli House

The Antonio and Helen Morelli house is preserved by the Junior League of Las Vegas. It was built in 1959 as the home of the long-time orchestra director at the Sands Hotel, Anthony Morelli.


Bilby Crater

Bilby's subsidence crater resulted from a 249-kiloton atomic test, (equivalent to over 200,000 tons of TNT) which occurred on September 13, 1963.


Petroglyphs and Roasting Pit

In this canyon near Las Vegas, the rich resources, especially agave, were an abundant source of food and drew people to this canyon over thousands of years.


St. Thomas

Brigham Young sent settlers out from Utah in 1865 to establish here. In 1938, when the waters of Lake Mead began rising behind Hoover Dam, the town of 500 had to be abandoned.


Valley of Fire State Park

Mouse's Tank trail in Valley of Fire State Park follows a box canyon to a natural basin named for a Southern Paiute who allegedly used the area as a hideout in the 1890s.


Tonopah Mining Park

The Tonopah Historic Mining Park is located on the site of the original mining claims of 1900 that started the rush to Tonopah.


Gabbs Tower

The underground Gabbs test was planned for early 1993 at the Nevada Test Site, but it was cancelled when a moratorium on testing came into effect in October 1992.


Monastery Observation Post

From the Monastery Observation Post the subsidence craters at the northern end of Yucca Flats are barely visible. Pan right, and the sands of Frenchman Flats may be seen in the far distance.


Frenchman Flat

On May 8, 1953, a B-50 bomber dropped a 27-kiloton nuclear device from 19,000 feet. Detonating at 2,323 feet, the bomb blew sections of the trestle from its foundation and bent the girders.


Red Rock Canyon

Travel 17 mi from the neon canyons of Las Vegas and you’ll find the red sandstone formations of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Visited by more than a million people yearly.



Between 1907 and 1910 the gold mines of Searchlight produced $7 million, but today it is best known as the home town of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.


Pictograph Ledge

The rock art sites around the Las Vegas Valley were located along prehistoric game trails leading to water holes, near hunting blinds, or in narrow gorges where game could be ambushed.


Esmeralda Co. Courthouse

Goldfield's Esmeralda County Courthouse opened for business in 1908. Esmeralda County stretches for some 3588 sq. miles, but contains fewer than 1262 people (2006).


Fremont Street Experience

Downtown Las Vegas' Fremont Street Experience offers hourly light shows each evening, with more than 12 million LED modules and a half-million watt sound system.


Hoover Dam

From the platform below Hoover Dam its imposing 726 ft height, the highest in the country, is evident. The structure extends 1,244 ft across Black Canyon and is 660 ft thick at its base.


Bellagio Las Vegas

For the lobby of the Bellagio on the Vegas strip, artist Dale Chihuly in 1998 crafted the "Fiori di Como," a ceiling installation made of 2,000 hand-blown glass pieces.


Sedan Crater

A 104 kiloton thermonuclear explosion on July 6, 1962 created Sedan Crater. At 1,214 ft in diameter and 330 ft deep, Sedan is the largest nuclear-caused crater in the United States.


Neon Boneyard

Las Vegas casinos have donated many of their older iconic signs to the Neon Museum. The museum's "Neon Boneyard" is a two-acre site enclosing more than 200 historic, non-restored signs.


Amargosa Opera House

In July of 1968, Marta Becket, a transplanted dancer from New York, discovered an unused building in Death Valley Junction and began its transformation into the Amargosa Opera House.