If you've been to Las Vegas and glitzed and gambled yourself out and fancy an antidote, just 100km north-east is the Valley of Fire State National Park in the Mojave Desert. It abuts Lake Mead National Recreation Area at the Virgin River confluence and lies in a basin 6.4km wide and 9.6km long. Its elevation varies between 610-792 metres.
Typical low desert conditions exist. Winters are mild with temperatures up to 24°C; and daily summer highs can exceed 49°C;. Spring and autumn are the preferred seasons for visiting the Valley of Fire.
There are two parts to the Valley of Fire one with fiery red rock formations and the northern ridge which is packed with sand dunes, washes and gullies which add up to one big playground.
This is where Awesome Adventures will give you lasting memories. They will take you and your ATV (all-terrain vehicle) through a series of trails, stopping to explore some of the historic and natural wonders on offer. See unusual desert plant and wildlife and learn about the mysterious tribe of the Anasazi and early Mormon pioneers who settled the area.
You will be given a briefing and provided with helmets, gloves and goggles before experiencing the ultimate self-drive off-road tour in the Southwestern Desert. Fly along a private trail system, not available for the uninvited, which gives you a wonderful perspective of your surrounds.
They carry two-seat ATVs which have a separate seat behind the driver and two- and four-seat Polaris Rangers and Yamaha Rhinos, perfect for families or for those who want to take turns driving.
Awesome Adventures collect you from your Vegas accommodation in a shuttle bus and head for the riding area. You need to wear long pants and shoes or boots (no open toes or sandals). Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat and camera are good options.
You may wish to visit the Lost City Museum. It exhibits artefacts from the prehistoric community of Anasazi Indians which numbered between 10,000 and 20,000. They were a native American tribe flourishing in southern Colorado and Utah and northern New Mexico and Arizona from around 100AD. Their descendents are considered to include the present-day Pueblo peoples.
Anasazi culture includes an early basket maker phase and a later Pueblo phase marked by the construction of cliff dwellings and by expert artisanship in weaving and pottery.
The Civilian Conservation Corps assisted in the excavation and the construction of sun-dried adobe brick museum. It is in a Pueblo-revival style and is owned and maintained by the state of Nevada. Their program includes ongoing archaeological research on remaining Lost City sites, school tours and outreach programs.
100kms north-east of Las Vegas in Nevada.
Awesome Adventures ATV tours include two hours on the bikes, picnic lunch, bottled water and transfers between your Las Vegas accommodation. They start at around $215 per person.
The Lost City Museum is open between 8.30am and 4:30pm every day. Admission is around $4 for adults and $2 for children.
Air New Zealand has flights to Los Angeles with connections to Las Vegas.
- Sydney, $1907
- Melbourne, $1990
- Brisbane, $1993
- Adelaide, $2209
- Perth, $2393
Valid for sale until December 9, 2007 and for travel between November 1 and December 7, 2007.
Prices quoted correct at May 10, 2007
PO Box 796
Logandale, Nevada 89021
Ph: 0011 1 877 444 4464
Fax: 0011 1 702 397 6523
Lost City Museum
721 South Moapa Valley Boulevard
Overton, Nevada 89040
Ph: 0011 1 702 397 2193
Fax: 702 397 8987