In addition to being only an hour from Las Vegas and everything it has to offer, there are many other worthwhile places to see surrounding Pahrump. Here are five unique and intriguing places that can be reached within a day.
Death Valley National Park
44.9 miles, approx. 56 minutes via Bell Vista Road and CA-190 W
Although you can reach this land of extremes on a day trip, you may decide to stay much longer. It’s claim to fame is that it is the hottest, driest, and lowest of all National Parks. Come see rocks mysteriously cross the desert on their own. Stand at the lowest point in North America at 282 feet below sea level. Play golf at the lowest golf course in the world at -214 feet. Enjoy the unusual land and rock formations created by Mother Nature over the years.
If you do decide to stay over for a day or two, there are several places to stay. If you’re in an RV, there is an RV park with hook-ups or dry camping areas at Furnace Creek Ranch as well as a family style hotel and cabins. If you’re looking for something a bit more luxurious, you can book a stay at Furnace Creek Inn which offers upscale rooms and fine dining. Also, in the Furnace Creek area you will find the visitor center, museums, and shopping.
China Ranch Date Farm and Bakery
44.9 miles, approx. 55 minutes via NV-372/CA-178
Something you would never expect to see in the middle of the desert is a date farm. Visit China Ranch Date Farm which is family owned and operated and is complete with its own bakery and store. It’s located right near the old Spanish Trail and the Tonopah and Tidewater railroad bed and is surrounded by the history of the early settlers in this area. Learn how the farm got its name and how it came to be…and by all means do not pass up the chance to enjoy one of their world famous date milkshakes.
Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
32.3 miles, approx. 50 minutes via Bell Vista Ave.
Ash meadows is not only the home to several natural springs but also to several animals and plants that do not exist anywhere else in the world. This oasis in the desert offers a unique place for us to learn about conservation management. It has a brand new visitor center which offers interactive displays where you can learn about the history of the refuge, how it was almost destroyed by man, and why it is considered a wetland of international importance.
Boardwalk trails allow you to walk through the park without damaging the surroundings. Visit pools of clear spring water that remain a constant 86 degrees Fahrenheit, the Devils Hole which is over 500 feet deep and counting (they have yet to find the bottom), and an old stone cabin built by Jack Longstreet, a gunslinger who called Ash Meadows home. This unique eco system offers many opportunities to learn more about taking care of our environment.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
44.4 miles, approx. 44 minutes via NV-160 to NV-159
Designated as the first National Conservation Area in Nevada, Red Rock Canyon offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in the country and is a photographer’s dream. It’s located only minutes from Las Vegas and is a haven for hiking, climbing, biking, horseback riding, and camping. Enjoy the 13-mile scenic drive through the park and stop at the visitor center where you can acquire a map of all the trails as well as learn about the history of the canyon. There are many species of plants and animals living in Red Rock Canyon including many species of birds, reptiles (including snakes so be careful), and wild burros. A stark difference from the hubbub of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon is visited by more than two million people every year.
Valley of fire State Park
109.8 miles, approx. 1 hour 14 min. via NV-160 and I-15 N
Although this park is a little bit farther than the others on our list, it’s well worth the drive. Dedicated in 1935, it is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. Ancient Native American petroglyphs, petrified wood, and red sandstone formations, from which it gets its name, combine to make this a unique attraction. Depending on how the sunlight reflects against the landscape, this valley appears to be on fire.
This location has been used in many films and TV shows including: The Professionals, Total Recall, Viva Las Vegas, Domino, and Transformers. It was also the scene of Captain Kirk’s fall to his death in Star Trek Generations.
This is our list of the five top places to visit near Pahrump. What are your favorites?