IN THE CITY
If you are looking for a place to spend the day outside, Sunset Park (Eastern Avenue and Sunset Drive in Henderson) is a great choice. You can have a picnic or barbeque, fish, play basketball or tennis, play a round of Frisbee golf, take a peaceful walk on the trails, or just sit by the lake and feed the ducks and geese. There are playgrounds for the kids and the lake even has an area for remote control boating.
Sunset Park actually began as Miller Ranch in 1909. It was also Vegas Stock Farm, which trained and raced horses. In 1967 Clark County acquired the land and turned it into a park and it is one of the largest parks in the city.
Lorenzi Park (Washington and Rancho) has seen many changes over the years. It first opened in 1926 as Lorenzi Lake Park with a pool, dance pavilion, lakes, and orchards. In 1940 it was sold and became Twin Lakes Lodge with a 48 room hotel. It served as a dude ranch where visitors could have a true western experience complete with horseback riding, rodeo events, fishing, and authentic food. In the 1950’s it was used to house scientists working at the test site and their families. Some of the old buildings are still a part of the park and you can still fish, feed the ducks, and enjoy walks around the lake, but there is much more to do there now. They have tennis courts, baseball fields, and picnic areas.
HEAD FOR THE HILLS
Fresh air and spectacular scenery are just a short drive to the west; there you will find Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area which covers more than 197,000 acres. Enjoy hiking, biking, and rock climbing, or just enjoy the view and watch for wildlife as you drive the 13 mile loop. Be sure to stop at the visitor’s center to learn about the history of the area.
Just a short drive from Red Rock Canyon is the Bonnie Springs Ranch which was built in 1843 as a stop-over for wagon trains heading to California. A tourist attraction since 1952, Bonnie Springs has a petting zoo, horseback riding, motel, cocktail lounge, and fine dinner house so you can relax and take in the awesome scenery.
TAKE A DIVE Formed by the building of the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead is the largest man made reservoir. Lake Mead Recreation Area covers 1.5 million acres and offers a wide variety of things to do. Boating is the most popular activity along with fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and water skiing. You can also camp, hike, or go bike riding. The Las Vegas valley offers many different outdoor activities and views that are as beautiful as any piece of art. But whichever you choose, always be prepared. Take plenty of water and dress for the season. While enjoying Mother Nature be respectful as well. Don’t litter, stay on marked trails, and no teasing the wild life.