The Mojave Desert is amazing! With beautiful wildflowers and animals! Here are 6 natural wonders of the Mojave Desert! All locations can be visited and are short drive from Las Vegas.
Calico Ghost Town
Calico Ghost Town was once the largest silver mining town in California from 1881 to 1896. It was abandoned in the late 1800s and is now a part of San Bernardino Country parks. It is a registered national historic landmark and with has about 500 mines! Calico once produced over $20 million in silver! You can visit the Calico Ghost town; tickets can be purchased onsite.
ZZYZX Mineral Springs and Health resort
There is an abandoned Mineral Springs and Health resort off Highway 15 in the Mojave Desert. This site exudes both a peaceful and eerie feel. The resort was founded in 1944. The founder Curtis Howe Springer preached the advantageous effects of the natural mineral springs and sold bottles of the “healing” waters while running the resort. Later it was discovered as a fraud and was found that the “natural mineral spring” water was fake! Today you can see the abandoned and decrepit buildings of the old resort.
Old Women Mountain
Old Woman Mountain is in the town of Essex in the Mojave Desert. There is an Old Woman Meteorite, the largest ever found in CA and second largest in the US, was found there in 1975. To explore the area, take one of the numerous hiking trails in the area where you can even find the abandoned Florence Mine ruins and Native American petroglyphs.
The Kelso Dunes are other geological phenomena in the Mojave Desert. The sand dunes cover 45 square miles and rise 650 feet above the desert floor. A moderate three-mile round trip to the top of the dunes rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the surrounding dunes and peaks in Mojave National Preserve. Some hikers report hearing a booming sound while hiking the dunes, rising below their feet. It’s caused by the hot sand on the surface breaking over the cooler sand below and some refer to it as “singing sand.” It’s best to make this hike at sunset, as the setting sun turns the desert into beautifully rich and ever-changing colors.
The lava tube can be accessed by the Tube Trail in the Mojave National Preserve. The trailhead can be reached by car and is about 20 miles away from the Kelso Depot Visitors Center. A short hike will take you to the cave in which the lava tube can be viewed. The natural cave in the desert can be reached by descending underground on a man-made set of steps. While a little low scrambling is required in the cave, it’s worth it to take in the natural splendor of the lava tube. The light pouring through the naturally made hole is best between 11am and 1pm and dependent on weather.
Calico Early Man Site
The Calico Early Man Site is in the Calico Hills east of Yermo in the Mojave Desert. It is a site that is believed by some archaeologists to show the earliest evidence of human activity in North America. The active archaeology site sits along what was once the shores of an ancient lake, Lake Manix, where sharpened rock blades and artificially modified stones dating back to 30,000 have been found. There is some dispute over of the authenticity of the site, but the discovery has challenged what archaeologists had previously understood of human migration on the planet. Currently, visits to the site have been suspended indefinitely.
Thank you to San Bernardino County for all information above regarding the beautiful wonders of the Mohave Desert!
For more information please visit https://www.visitsbcounty.com/blog/6-natural-wonders-youve-never-heard-of-in-the-mojave-desert/
Want to see a race this weekend? Check out the SNORE 250 race happening February 14th through the 16th in Jean, Nevada! It is
“Southern Nevada Off Road Enthusiasts is a non-profit organization of off-road desert racers, their families and off-road enthusiasts. Established in 1969 to encourage off-road reaction in the state of Nevada, SNORE is one of the oldest sanctioned off-road racing organizations in the world and has grown to be a premier force in the southwest racing arena.”
The Mint 400 is something to experience while in Las Vegas! The Mint 400 is an annual American desert off-road race which takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. Teams compete on a 120-mile loop that extends from the edge of Las Vegas to the California-Nevada state line at Primm. With five massive spectator areas, The Mint 400 puts fans safely in front of high-speed off-road racing action. The history of the Mint is steeped in celebrity, drama and excitement as the city of Las Vegas itself. The Mint 400 has held the title of the toughest, most spectacular off-road race in North America since 1968 when it was first run. The race was created by Norm Johnson who was race director through 1974 and a participant from 69 to 82. Initially the race was a public relations event promoting the Mint Hotel’s annual deer hunt. but what started out as hotel promotion soon grew into a legitimate desert race. The Mint 400 race ended in 1988 after the sale of the Mint however the story continued in 2008 when the Great American Off-Road Race was revived. Bigger badder and better than ever, the Mint 400 is everything that is was and a whole lot more. Given the advances in off-road technology and the ever-changing landscape of Las Vegas, the Mint has grown but all the classic elements are still in place.
2020 Mint 400 Schedule of Events
November 20, 2019
In Las Vegas for the Holiday’s? Need something to do or see with the whole family? Check out the Glittering Lights at the Motor Speedway! It is Nevada’s premiere drive-thru light show, a holiday tradition, hosts different initiatives to support local charities, churches and schools.
The Speedway Children’s Charities receives a portion of each ticket sold. In fact, Glittering Lights and the PJ5K makes up the largest portion of money the charity grants each year to 50 plus children’s charities in Southern Nevada. Also, when you purchase food and drink from concessions, area Boy Scout troops gain interpersonal, money management and leadership skills, along with earning money for camp and activities.
“Our show is about community, giving and creating memories, some of the things that make Christmas so special.”
MONDAY – THURSDAY: $20 PER VEHICLE
FRIDAY – SUNDAY, HOLIDAYS AND DECEMBER 19-JANUARY 1: $30 PER VEHICLE
BUSES $2 PER PERSON/MINIMUM ENTRY IS DAILY ENTRY COST
SANTA TRAM DRIVEN BY SILVER STATE SCHOOL CREDIT UNION: $20-$25 PER PERSON
FAST PASS POWERED BY DIAMONDBACK LAND SURVEYING: $50 PER VEHICLE
SEASON PASS: $75 PER VEHICLE
Visit their website to purchase your tickets today!
Want to check out a race while in Las Vegas? Check out the WORCS series, happen now until November. This is the most exciting spectator friendly off-road racing action in the world!
“The WORCS features professional and amateur riders raced to the newest most exciting series in off road racing. This season will see over 11,000 racers with backgrounds in enduro, hare and hound, hare scramble, GNCC, best in the Desert and Motocross, all come together to compete in some of the most pristine racing facilities in the United States today. Racecourses that challenge every aspect of a rider’s abilities from the fast-open deserts, to the outdoor style motocross tracks incorporated into each venue. From Utah and Nevada to California and Arizona. WORCS has established itself as the biggest national off-road motorcycle racing series in the United States.”
Their mission statement: “…to bring professionalism, integrity, quality, and most of all fun to each and every round, all the while staying true to the family-oriented grassroots environment that off-road racing is all about.“
Interested in attending the world’s largest automotive trade event? Check out the SEMA show, happening in Las Vegas from Tuesday, November 5th to Friday, November 8th at the Las Vegas Convention Center! SEMA is the premier automotive specialty products trade event. It provides attendees with education seminars, product demonstrations, networking opportunities and so much more. It is a must see! Here at American Adventure Tours, we attend the SEMA Show every year and it never disappoints! If you can’t wait it to the SEMA show, no worries! They have SEMA IGNITED happening Friday November 8th from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. SEMA IGNITED is the after party that connects the general public to industry leaders and more. There will be hundreds of cars and trucks that will parade out of the Las Vegas Convention Center! This even will also have food, music, drift demos, and much more! Head to their website for more details!
SEMA IGNITED: https://www.semaignited.com/?aff=googleppc&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI84uAqcKj5QIViuNkCh3gQgopEAAYASAAEgKb3_D_BwE#welcome
Monster Jam is back! Check out Monster Jam at Sam Boyd Stadium on March 21st and 22nd! This is an action-packed live event with four wheels where would class drivers compete in front of crowds around the globe! It features spontaneous entertainment and intense competition! Monster Jam drivers are constantly challenged with creating amazing spectacles that will hold audiences in awe. With each successful trick, the challenge is raised to go faster, higher or farther than the time before or impress the judges with the ability and agility. Head to their website for more details and to get your tickets today!
In the mood for some Pizza? We recommend checking out Evel Pie! A pizza joint with a rock 'n' roll vibe & Evel Knievel memorabilia offering slices, whole pies & beer. It is located on East Freemont and is packed with memorabilia from Evel Knievel! Here is their inspiration behind Evil Pie!
“EVEL KNIEVEL’S attempt to jump the Caesars Palace fountains remains the single biggest spectacle ever to occur in Las Vegas, and EVEL PIE, Las Vegas’ most celebrated pizzeria, serves Evel the slice he’s earned of this town’s history. Created by Branden Powers and operated in partnership with Evel Knievel’s estate and son, Kelly, Evel Pie features the world’s most extensive collection of the icon’s memorabilia outside the Evel Knievel Museum in Topeka, Kansas, including motorcycles, statues, and an Evel Knievel Pinball Machine. An old-school pizzeria, Evel Pie has its own ‘70s American iconography that dovetails perfectly. No fancy lentil-crusted, tofu-topped asparagus pies here. Like in Evel’s day, just cheese and pepperoni New York slices (among others) faster than you can jump a canyon.”
It is a must see! Plus, if you check in on yelp you can get a slice and beer for $6! Check out their website! https://evelpie.com/
Location: 508 Fremont St, Las Vegas, NV 89101
RED ROCK CANYON
Need a break from the Strip? Have you heard of Red Rock canyon in Las Vegas? If not, it is a must do! Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. Red Rock Canyon has as many as six different Native Americans cultures that may have been present at Red Rock over the millennia. Numerous petroglyphs, as well as pottery fragments, remain today throughout the area. Today, Red Rock Canyon is full of activities for everyone! It features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive with hiking trails, a lot of plant and wildlife, camping, and so much more! Their Visitor Center offers information and interpretation about recreation opportunities which will include a map of the area and trails! So, get out and see a different side of Las Vegas! Here are some things to keep in mind if you decide to take a hike there.
Clothing and shoes! Always wear UV protected clothing and shoes that can handle the rough Nevadan terrain.
Make sure to always bring plenty of water especially in the summertime. We suggest using a hydration backpack.
Always check the weather in the area, some trails in Nevada can be come flooded very quickly especially during our monsoon season between June and September. Also, keep in mind the temperature as well. Most trails do not have any shade coverage and areas can be as hot as 115 degrees!
Check the trail difficulties! Always think about who you are going hiking with and everyone’s capabilities. Red Rock Canyon has a variety of trails from beginner to expert. Don't forget to stay on the trail! Here in Nevada we take pride in preserving our Desert and wildlife! Plus, you don’t want to get lost!
We hope this helps prepare you to see a different side of Las Vegas! Visit https://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/ for more information!
Jessie Rae's BBQ
Need a bite to eat? Check out Jessie Rae’s BBQ, it is our favorite! Jessie Rae’s has a style of its own! IMPECCABLE! They have been voted to have the BEST BBQ SAUCE IN LAS VEGAS for 2016 and is the GOLD WINNER for the BEST OF LAS VEGAS 2017!
Here at American Adventure tours we order a lot from them! We recommend trying out the MANIAC FRIES! It is loaded with man and cheese, hot links with your choice of brisket, port, or smoked chicken! The staff if really friendly and you won’t be disappointment! It is the best hole in the wall restaurant for BBQ!
Check out this Video! https://www.fox5vegas.com/video/jessie-rae-s-bbq-introduces-the-fortress/video_9f3ef76d-5db4-5953-ba9f-6195f420a1af.html
5611 South Valley View BLVD
Las Vegas, NV 89118
Right behind the Mandalay Bay!
January 2, 2020
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Start the New year with checking out all museum-quality public art throughout the city. Historically, Vegas has not been a city that people have associated with having a significant art presence. That's a shame, because it couldn’t be further from the truth. In addition to unique museums like the Neon Museum and Mob Museum. Vegas also has one of the most astounding collections of free public art that you will find anywhere in the world. Check out the newly revamped Palms Casino, the new owners have their personal art collection on display throughout the property, which includes controversial and show-stopping pieces from the internationally renowned artist Damien Hirst. And that's not all that's on display! You can also check out work from KAWS, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol, and many more. The Wynn is also known for its multi-million-dollar art collection that includes pieces by Okuda San Miguel and Takashi Murakami with Virgil Abloh. The Bellagio lobby features a massive ceiling installation by Chihuly, and the free gallery at the "O" Theatre is full of bronze sculptures of Cirque figures by Richard MacDonald. Really, anywhere you look in Vegas, whether a hotel lobby or outdoor promenade or even a restaurant, there is a mural or installation or sculpture from an acclaimed artist that would otherwise be in a private collection or museum, and certainly not on display to the public (mostly) for free.
December 17, 2019
Check out the ice-skating rink at the Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan! Each holiday season, the pool transforms into a magical winter wonderland high above the Las Vegas Strip! Enjoy the brisk temperatures with fire pits, s’mores, warm cocktails, and ice skating! They will also have snow showers running ever 30 minutes! You can glide around the rink to the sounds of Christmas music whole enjoying the views of the Strop from the rooftop! The Ice Rink features special themed nights throughout the season. Check out their website for more details and how to purchase your tickets today!
Bonito Michoacan Mexican Restaurant
Grab a bite to eat at Bonito Michoacan Mexican Restaurant! This is an American Adventure Tours all time favorite! Check out their story!
“Michoacán from Nahuatl Michoacán (fisherman's place) is well known for its rich, varied culture, unique pre-Columbian and colonial architecture as well as its art. Famous are the guitars of Paracho, the Lace of Aranza, the deshilado of San Felipe de los Herreros, the masks of Tacuaro, the Devils of Ocumicho, the pottery of Capula, the archeological wonders of Meseta Purepecha, Tinganbato, Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan, the copper of Santa Clara del Cobre and lush and green municipio of Turicato that holds a reputation of having the Best Food.
Famous are the guitars of Paracho, the Lace of Aranza, the deshilado of San Felipe de los Herreros, the masks of Tacuaro,
the Devils of Ocumicho, the pottery of Capula, the archeological wonders of Meseta Purepecha, Tinganbato, Ihuatzio, Tzintzuntzan,
the copper of Santa Clara del Cobre and lush and green municipio of Turicato that holds a reputation of having the Best Food.
In 1862 the French came to Mexico, and a little touch of European gourmet was added in to our cuisine,
recipes have been passed from generation to generation and of course you could find them in the files of Dona Consuelo Gutierrez de Barajas.
The proud wife of Don Crescencio Barajas, who are the proud parents of
Ninfa, Javier, Timoteo and Raul Barajas - native of Turicato ( Michoacán).
Right then, in lush green Turicato, a new adventure began!
Javier Barajas left his beloved Turicato and came to this country pursuing a dream.
He was the pioneer, and when the time was right along came his brothers Timo, Raul and sister Ninfa; who married Don Jesus Valenzuela Sr. Jesus,
a man with a unique, dynamic, working spirit joined the family - not an easy task!
After endless hours of hard work, the first Michoacán restaurant became a reality!
The adventure continued - Timo Barajas and Sr. Don Jesus became the pillars on which a new branch would be built!
In the beginning Bonito Michoacán consisted of three members (sometimes a fourth) running the daily operations of the restaurant.
Each filling whatever roll needed to be filled; dishwasher, host, bartender, server - making sure quality and customer service always came first!
Bonito Michoacán is a proud family affair! Built with trust, love and lots of effort!
The story continues as Sra Ninfa and Don Jesus become parents to Humberto.
Humberto grew up in the restaurant environment and became Chef Humberto, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.
Young and eager to add his grain of salt where needed - give us a try - you're going to LOVE it!”
Bonito Michoacan Mexican Restaurant
Address: 3715 S Decatur Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Valley of Fire
Take a hike in the Valley of Fire! These rock formations look like they are on fire, give the park its name. The Valley of Fire is a state park located just 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is 46,000 acres filled with red rock formations made from the Aztec sandstone. The red sandstone formations were formed from the great shifting sand dunes during the age of the dinosaurs more than 150 million years ago!
There are several trails, overlooks and much more. It is a small park but with a lot to explore for a few hours or days. The most popular trails for the Valley of Fire is the Fire Wave, the White Domes trail, and Pink Canyon. You can also camp in the Valley of Fire if you need a longer break from the Strip. Head to their website for more details and entry prices.
December 2, 2019
There's snow in Las Vegas? Yes! Lee Canyon is a short drive from Vegas and is located at 8,600 feet in the Spring Mountain National Recreation Area. Snow is common in the Winter months and is a great escape from the desert! Lee Canyon is a canyon containing a small community and recreational area in the Spring Mountains located on Mount Charleston in Clark County, Nevada. It is a quick 45-60-minute drive from Vegas depending on traffic.
"Lee Canyon offers day-lodge facilities for 445 acres of served and hiking terrain. With 860 vertical feet of lifts served terrain, 1,919 vertical feet of hiking routes, 24 serviced snow trails and 3 lifts, plus a tubing area, it truly is Las Vegas' mountain escape."
Head to their website for more details!
Bellagio Casino Arcadia
The Las Vegas Strip has some beautiful scenery, especially inside the casinos! The Bellagio’s Arcadia is a must see! It is brilliant and breathtaking! Each season, talented horticulturalists and designers transform a 14,000 square-foot floral playground into a showcase of distinctive sights and colors of spring, summer, fall and winter. When the seasons change, their display rotates and 90% of the trees, flowers, and plants are recycled to further celebrate their commitment to the earth. As of right now, they are displaying Autumn.
“Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Garden's autumn display features golden leaves, soothing waterfalls and for the first time two exotic elephants. Envisioned by designer Ed Libby’s travels to India, the captivating exhibit takes guests on a journey through gardens overflowing with flowers rich in hues of umber, sienna and amber. Two 25-foot tigers made from yellow lentils, red and black cargo rice and caraway seeds keep a watchful eye over the North Garden. A gentle rain curtain pours over a fallen log providing a perch for one observant tiger, while birds of paradise and cattails offer a hiding place for the other Bengal. Three floral sculptures made from more than 2,000 vibrant roses rest on the edge of the pond.”
Bellagio Resort and Casino address: 3600 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas
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Feel like an adventure? Check out the Las Vegas Wetlands!
Since 1991, the wetlands have evolved into a major recreational and education resource the Las Vegas residents and guests. It is the largest park in Clark County park system. It has several Preserve loops in the park for hiking, walking, jogging, cyclists, or even horseback riding. The Wetlands Park Nature Preserve is a 210-acre section of the park that is home to hundreds of species of animals. The Preserve includes ponds, three miles of paved trails, restrooms, and a network of connecting unpaved trails and shady lanes that provide hours of nature exploration.
"Clark County Wetlands Park preserves and enhances natural and cultural resources, and provides educational, recreational, and research opportunities to the public”
Head to their website for more details!
CES® Is the Global Stage for Innovation
CES is will be in Las Vegas from January 7th to January 10th, located at the Las Vegas Convention center! It is the world’s largest gathering place for all those who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. CES shoes more than 4,500 exhibiting companies, that include manufacturers, developers, and suppliers of technology hardware, content and much more. It is something you don’t want to miss!
Did you know the first CES took place in New York City in 1967! At that time, it showcased items like Videocassette Recorder (VCR), Laserdisc Player Camcorder and Compact Disc Player, 1981
For the 2020 show, they will have 11 official venues and will span more than 2.9 million net square feet of exhibit space with features of 36 products categories and 22 marketplaces!
Head to their website for more details and to register today!
Will you be here the weekend of October 19th and need some excitement? Check out Monster Energy’s AMA Supercross at Sam Boyd Stadium! It features, an AMA Amateur National Championship and the official advancement platform for the Monster Energy AMA supercross. This series provides the world’s fastest amateur athletes a chance to compete in the same stadium as the elite athletes of Monster Energy Supercross! Tickets start at just $20 and sell out quickly. Plus, they have FanFest before the race from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm. FanFest includes every professional race team, riders, interactive sponsor displays, and more. Meet the world's best riders, get autographs, and experience the excitement! FanFest Passes are $20 each or get FREE access by simply recycling an empty can of Monster Energy. Check out their website for more details!!
Doors Open: 12:00PM
Practice & Qualifying: 12:00PM
Supercross FanFest: 12:00PM - 6:00PM