Thursday

13-2016 Loations, Places & Structures

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This page last updated on 06/12/2017
                
Note: Clicking any of the hyperlinks below will take you to the specific hike page that provides detailed information about the picture's location. Visiting all of these pages will take you on a virtual hiking tour of dozens of hikes in around Clark County, Lincoln County and the California's Death Valley area. Remember, after visiting one of the associated links, clicking your "back button" will return you to this page.
                          
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Picture Notes: The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway center is on Kyle Canyon Road perched on a slope just downhill from the Mt. Charleston Resort. With its outstanding views, interpretive displays and gift shop, a stop at this beautiful visitor center is certainly worth any visit to the Mt. Charleston area.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway Center.

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Picture Notes: The Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge at Hoover Dam. More than three miles away, this partial view of half the bridge was taken from a hike of Bootlegger Canyon. With great views of the Hoover Dam and the Colorado River, it is one of the longest concrete arch bridges in the Western Hemisphere, It is definitely worth a visit.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge


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Picture Notes: A picture of one of the original ranch houses at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park in the middle of Cottonwood Valley in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This 'oasis' in the desert is a great place to hike and picnic and is deserving of being a destination location.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Spring Mountain Ranch Trip Notes.

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Picture Notes: The new visitor center at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge near Death Valley. Ash Meadows encompasses 23,000 acres with more than 30 aquifer-fed springs that pump more than 10,000 gallons per minute, making the refuge one of the most water-rich desert areas in Nevada. The refuge is home to at least 26 endemic plant and animal species, the highest concentration of native species in the continental United States that can only be found here. Touring the visitor center and hiking this vast desert area can provide a variety of photographic opportunities and unique experiences.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.

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Picture Notes: One of Pioche's most famous attractions, the "Million Dollar Courthouse". The courthouse politicians produced 'cost over runs' from the git-go. With delayed payments and mounting interest, it was financed, and refinanced with bonds that quickly ballooned into a million dollar price. The cost of the building wasn't paid off until 1936 and was condemned four years later. 
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Pioche, Nevada Summary Page.

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Picture Notes: Foundation remains of the Horace Wilson homestead that was established in the early 1920’s. It is located near the end of the Pine Creek Canyon Trail in the middle of Cottonwood Valley in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Following Pine Creek, this hike is one of the nicest hikes in the valley and provides some great views of the Wilson Cliffs. 
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Pine Creek Canyon - RRCNCA.

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Picture NotesThe 160-acre ranch Walking Box Ranch was the desert home of Hollywood stars Clara Bow and Rex Bell in the 1930s and 40s. Though this ranch is still under restoration, our hiking group had arranged for a special guided tour of the property through the BLM. I think it is still close to the public until the renovations are finished. Completion was estimated to be sometime in 2017.  
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Walking Box Ranch Tour.

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Picture Notes: This is a view of the new visitor center at Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge located at the southern end of the Pahranagat Valley, 90-miles north of Las Vegas. This is a lush 5,300 acre refuge that stretches about 10 miles in a long narrow strip along the valley floor as it boarders highway US-93. It encompasses 2 lakes, a medium sized pond, 2 large marshes, several smaller wetlands and the surrounding desert uplands and has a camping area on the side of its largest lake. One can spend a whole day touring the visitor center and hiking around its meadows and lakes.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Pahranagat National Wildlife Refuge.

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Picture Notes: The 5-story Mitzpah Hotel was built in 1907-08 and named after Jim Butler's famous Mizpah Mine and was the tallest and most splendid building in Nevada until 1929. It was once the social hub of Tonopah, I just stayed here for the third time just a few weeks ago. With a mining park, museum and many old buildings, the town of Tonopah is filled chocked full of rich mining history.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Monapah's Historic Mitzpah Hotel.

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Picture Notes: More than a million people visit the Hoover Dam every year. This popular tourist attraction offer a variety of  guided tours that showcase it history and construction. If one takes in everything offered here, one can spend nearly a day seeing everything. This is a must visit for anyone living in or visiting the area.  
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Hoover Dam.

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Picture NotesCorn Creek Station’s new Visitor Center is a 1,000 square-foot building with exhibit space, as well as administrative offices and a new maintenance building. There is a small gift shop and nearly a dozen informative exhibit areas that highlight the offerings of Corn Creek and the uniqueness of the Desert National Wildlife Range and its offerings. It's several miles of hiking trails offer a unique peaceful environment with birds and many other forms of wildlife. This is a great place for a picnic.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Corn Creek Station - DNRF.

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Picture NotesThis southern section of Lakeshore Drive includes Boulder Beach, Las Vegas Boat Harbor and Lake Mead Marina and the Alan Bible Visitor Center. The Boulder Beach location lets you dip your feet into the lake’s chilly waters. The boat harbor and marina provide the opportunity to feed the many ducks, birds and fish that hang around the area. You can also find food and restroom facilities here. The newly renovated visitor center is surrounded by an outside cactus garden, with walking trails, that is filled with desert flora and fauna. Inside, displays, movies and a gift shop with books on the southern Nevada. 
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Lake Mead's Lakeshore Drive.


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Picture NotesLocated in Goodsprings, Nevada, this now 103-year old historical landmark is thought to be the oldest continuous operating saloon in Nevada, and the last of its kind in the U.S. With an authentic early western atmosphere and a rich history to match, this is one of my favorite bars to suck down an ice cold beer and grab some 'grub' after a day of hiking and four-wheeling around the old gold mines in the surrounding area. This is a must see place. I come here several time each here.  
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Pioneer Saloon - Synonymous With Goodsprings.

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Picture NotesThe ghost town of Rhyolite proudly sits just outside the eastern edge of Death Valley, approximately 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas. It is just another of several short lived boom-towns from the late Gold Rush era in the early 1900's. One of many ruins, the picture above is of the John S. Cook & Co. Bank that was constructed in 1907 at a cost of nearly $90,000.    
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Ghost Town of Rhyolite, Nevada.

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Picture NotesThe Lost City Museum is located in Overton, Nevada. It was built by the National Park Service in 1935 and houses an extensive collection of Virgin Anasazi artifacts from Pueblo Grande de Nevada. The museum was on the ruin of an actual Virgin Anasazi pueblo and offers a reconstructed Anasazi building that is open to visitors. Its 10,000 square feet contains three exhibit galleries, a small theater, a research library, a museum store, as well as outdoor archaeological and historic exhibits. It even has a shaded picnic area and grill available to use. The basis of the Lost City Museum’s collections is artifacts recovered from a series of archaeological sites that run for 25 miles along the Muddy River Valley in southern Nevada.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ...  Lost City Museum.

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Picture NotesThe Pahrump Valley Winery is located less and an hour from Las Vegas. This estate vineyard consists of Zinfandel and Syrah. Planted in the early 1990's, this Zinfandel vineyard is also Nevada's oldest commercially producing red grape vineyard. The winery offers wine tasting 7 days a week from 10:30 to 5:00. There are free 30 minute daily tours of the winery an the grounds at 11:30 / 1:30 / 3:30 p.m. most days with some exceptions on holidays. They explain the history of the winery, growing grapes in Nevada and an overview on how they make wine. Named after their gold medal winning wine of the same name, Symphony is a white linen "upscale casual" restaurant where you can dine lavishly, yet dress comfortably. A meal at Symphony's is well worth the trip alone.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Pahrump Valley Winery.

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Picture NotesLocated 15 miles west of Las Vegas, the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area beneath the colorful cliffs of the magnificent Wilson Range. At an elevation of 3,740 feet, the ranch is usually 10-15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley. Daily tours are available of the Ranch House (above). When hiking the properties four miles of trail, you will get to see the Wilson Cemetery, Sandstone Cabin, Board and Batten bunkhouse, Blacksmith Shop, Hay and Horse Barn/Corral, Two-Hole Outhouse, Chinchilla Shed and many more. This virtual island of green vegetation and its large pond (Harriet Lake) is surrounded by a sea of desert scrub that attracts a variety of birds, dragonflies and other wildlife. It has excellent, tree-shaded picnic sites that offer tables, grills and restrooms. This place is always calming and always worth the visit on a hot day in the city.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.


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Picture Notes: One of the few remaining structures in the ghost town of Delmar, NV.  It is definitely worth a visit.
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ...  Delamar Nevada



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Picture Notes: Open daily from 8:30 to 4:30, the visitor center at the Valley of Fire State Park has information, books, souvenirs, and exhibits on the geology, ecology, prehistory, and history of Valley of Fire and the surrounding area. In addition to the park's many hikes, there are dozens of locations where you can just get out and take pictures of petroglphs and the outstanding vistas.    
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Valley of Fire State Park.

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Picture NotesThe Clark County Wetlands Park is the largest park in the Clark County, Nevada park system. Located on the east side of the Las Vegas valley and runs along the Las Vegas Wash. The 210 acre Nature Preserve features two miles of concrete walking trails as well as several miles of graveled secondary trails. Its Nature Center Exhibit Gallery, seen above, contains 8,335 square feet of interactive exhibits, a model of the Las Vegas Wash, and dioramas with life-sized native wildlife and vegetation.   
For pictures and a description of this hike go to ... Clark County Wetlands Park.