Why Do People Live in Pahrump
Why Do People Live in Pahrump?
Many people wonder what the attraction is of living in a small town like Pahrump. The unusual name usually catches people’s attention right away. “You live where?” I’m often asked. Then I have to spell it for them and say, “you know, Pah rum pa pum pump...like the song “Little Drummer Boy.” That usually helps them remember the name. But once I start describing the town and the opportunities it has to offer, they begin to understand why we choose to live here.
The strange name comes from the indigenous name Pah-Rimpi, or “Water Rock” from the Southern Paiutes who were the early inhabitants of the area. It was named that because of the large number of natural springs. The early settlers took advantage of the abundance of water and established large farms and ranches in the Valley.
Pahrump has under 40,000 residents. It is an unincorporated town and is the largest town in Nye County. Although it is growing, it still feels like a small town.
Why Live in a Small Town?
There are many advantages to living in a small town, not the least of which is a more laid-back lifestyle. Yes, there is still stress in a small community, but the pace is slower. The people are friendly and take an interest in each other. They watch out for each other. It’s a close-knit community, where rarely a day goes by when you don’t run into someone you know. That doesn’t mean everyone knows everyone else’s business, but you either know most people or at least recognize them having seen them before.
The town is often considered a suburb of Las Vegas, only 60 miles away. The number of commuters living in Pahrump and commuting to Las Vegas continually increases. It’s a beautiful drive with plenty of scenery along the way. Imagine seeing wild horses or burros, a desert bighorn sheep, or other wildlife on your way to work. Why make the trip every day? Going home and getting away from the hubbub of the big city every night is extremely inviting and peaceful. And once you get out of the city, the traffic is less frantic.
Not only do you get to know your neighbors, but you get to know the local businesses as well. You’re on a first name basis with the local jeweler, grocer, or bank teller. You feel right at home. If you have an issue, you know who to talk to and can call them by their first name.
The cost of living is lower in Pahrump than in Las Vegas. Housing is less expensive, and you have the opportunity to buy bigger parcels of land, so you’re not living on top of each other. If you want less property and closer neighbors, that option is available too. You have choices.
Specifics of Pahrump
Once you’re in Pahrump, there is plenty to do, even though it may not seem like it. We offer the opportunities to learn unique skills and enjoy what the town has to offer. Things like:
- Drive a high-performance race car at the Performance Driving School at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club.
- Learn the proper way to handle and shoot firearms at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.
- Learn skills from basic horsemanship to extreme mountain trails at Happy Hoof Beats Equestrian Center.
- Learn how to stomp grapes and enjoy wine tasting at the annual grape stomp sponsored by Pahrump Valley Winery.
- Become a crew member of a hot air balloon during the Balloon Festival.
- Drive the endless off-road trails in your off-highway vehicle (OHV) with the Pahrump Valley 4 Wheelers who will teach you the ropes.
And kids can learn many skills through groups like the local 4H organization, the sports teams, and Junior ROTC offered at the high school.
Within a Day’s Drive
Pahrump’s location is another strong advantage. There are many unusual and beautiful places to visit within an easy day’s drive.
- Death Valley National Park is only an hour away. This park is 5,262 square miles of unbelievable sights. Within the park, there are only 84.6 miles between Badwater Basin, the lowest point in North America at 282 ft below sea level, and Mount Whitney, the highest point in the contiguous United States at 14,505 ft. above sea level.
- China Ranch Date Farm is only 42 miles from town. Visit the acres of date palms from various countries that fill the valley. Enjoy one of the delicious date milkshakes as well as baked goods at the gift and antique shop and bakery located right on the farm. Historical and interpretive trails surround the area offering you places to hike.
- Shoshone wetlands provide a walking path through an area which is being restored to its natural state. The Shoshone pupfish and Amargosa Vole, both thought to be extinct, were rediscovered here.
- Two first-class craft beer breweries are located in Tecopa, CA, less than 40 miles from Pahrump. Death Valley Brewery and Tecopa Brewing Company are about a mile apart from each other, and both serve several different kinds of craft beer. The list of available brews changes daily. Tecopa also offers natural hot springs.
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a desert oasis which has a unique ecosystem and is the home to several plants only found in this area. It is also the home to the Devil’s Hole Pupfish which is unique to this area. A bird watcher’s paradise, it also has several natural springs which are so clear, you can see all the way to the bottom.
- There are several ghost towns within a day’s drive as well as remnants of old mining camps. If the history of the old west is of interest to you, you’ll find plenty of reminders of what life was like back in the day.
The list goes on. To find out more information, go to the Pahrump tourism website at www.visitpahrump.com or visit the Pahrump Valley Chamber of Commerce located on the second floor of the Nevada State Bank Building at 1301 S. Highway 160.
Annual Events in Pahrump
Pahrump is a small town with a big list of yearly events. Following is a sample list of these events. All times are subject to change. Be sure to contact the Chamber of Commerce for actual dates of events:
- Pahrump Balloon Festival in February
- Silver State and Nevada State Chili Cook-offs in March
- Pins and Needles Quilt Show in April
- Biz & Home Expo in April
- Pahrump Wild West Extravaganza in May
- High Desert International Film Festival in May
- Independence Day fireworks on July 4
- Pahrump Fall Festival in September
- Pahrump Valley Winery Grape Stomp in October
- PDOP Pumpkin Days in October
- Pahrump Social Pow Wow in November
- Pahrump Nugget 250 Mile Race in the Desert in December
A Break from the Big City
Pahrump is a great escape from the big city for Las Vegas residents who wish to get away for a weekend. The tourism motto is 60 miles away, 180° different and it is just that.
As you can see, there’s plenty to do once you get here. There are also many places to stay. If you’re an RVer, there are several RV parks with differing amenities. Three of them, Lakeside RV Park and Casino, Nevada Treasure RV Resort, and Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages have the perfect Good Sam rating of 10, 10, 10. Preferred RV Resort and Pahrump Oasis RV Resort also come highly rated.
There are several hotels in town. Best Western Pahrump Oasis, Holiday Inn Express, Pahrump Nugget, Saddle West Hotel, Casino, and RV Park, and Wine Ridge RV Resort and Cottages all offer comfortable lodging, and some provide a complimentary breakfast.
So, whether you’re looking for a peaceful place to live or just a weekend get-away, check out Pahrump. It’s a small rural town with lots to offer residents as well as visitors.