NV/Las Vegas residents, need info pls

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  1. StephenK

    StephenK Stunt Coordinator

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    Hello all,

    My friends and I are planning a Vegas trip, the first time for all of us, and as a part of this trip, we want to take a drive out into the desert away from all civilization. Somewhere where there's just sand everywhere you look. Also want to do this at night.

    Can you suggest roads, directions, good spots, etc for lying on dunes, drinking beer and star gazing? Something within an hour or two from Vegas would be perfect.

    Thanks
    Steve

    "It's a 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark and we're wearing sun-glasses."
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  2. Howard Williams

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    Sounds like someone's got a body that needs burying. [​IMG]
     
  3. Jed M

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    Stephen, I am currently in KC right now for about a month but I can give a little advice about Vegas. First of all you could probably find an isolated spot anywhere outside of the city limits but just don't wander into area 51. [​IMG] Another thing is Nevada is very mountainous and not really the flat dune type desert most people imagine. We have a ski resort only an hour away, and not one of those Missourri-fake snow-resorts. These are real honest to god mountains.
    I would recommend heading up to Mt. Charleston if you wanted to do some star gazing. If you head west towards California you will find more of the desert scenery you are seeking in Death Valley I think. Another good place to bury bodies, er, I mean star gaze, would be the Valley of Fire. Red Rock Canyon is also beautiful and both VoF and RRC have ancient drawings all over the sides of the mountains and caves which is pretty cool. Another thing Vegas has is some of the best ghost towns in the west, possibly the world. I don't know how much you want to hang out there at night but they are cool to see.
    Like I said, almost anywhere outside of town is secluded so you could just pull over and start walking into the desert but I will restate that its more rocky then sandy. Don't get me wrong, its plenty sandy and dusty but its not a Lawrence of Arabia type desert by any stretch of the imagination. Take a look at a topographical map and you will see what I mean.
    For the record, I am in no way an expert on Vegas since I have only lived here for 4 years but I promise there is a lot more scenery than most people would imagine, or the casinos want you to know. Oh yeah, have a good time. [​IMG]
     
  4. StephenK

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    Howard, LOL! Sounds like "Very Bad Things" doesn't it?

    Jed,

    Thanks for the info, and yeah, I did think there was sand dunes and the like near vegas, oh well, regular desert is cool too. I'll look up the areas you mentioned.

    Steve
     
  5. SteveRS

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    It is too freakin' hot out now.
    October is a good month for being a desert rat.
     
  6. Francois Caron

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    Valley of Fire sounds nice, but it is a popular tourist spot. It may not be as "isolated" as you would like it.

    Important piece of advice. Wherever you go, bring a hat and plenty of water! It is definitely hot at this time of the year! I've visited Vegas in the month of June a few years ago, and the summer heat hits you hard when you go outside!
     
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