Activities to do this Summer

Pahrump and surrounding areas have hundreds of things to do, and casinos aren't the only attractions. The natural landscapes surrounding us are remarkable.

Dominic Juranty, Journalist

Pahrump can be a boring yet beautiful place. The scenery and landscape provide magnificent trails for hiking, camping, or mountain climbing. The less exhaustive and kid-centered activities, however, are about 60 miles away in Las Vegas.

  There, you can discover various activities like amusement parks, theaters, hiking trails, arcades, beautiful tourist attractions, and other entertainment for kids. Also, there are plenty of tourist attractions and casinos for parents.

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  For the people who enjoy physical activity while absorbing beautiful scenery, Pahrump and surrounding areas are excellent choices for hiking. Right outside of Vegas is Red Rock Canyon, an ideal situation for these picturesque excursions, where wildlife is abundant and the landscape is breathtaking. 30 miles the opposite direction is Ash Meadows, a scenic wildlife refuge that contains many different animals found nowhere else in the world. There, one can hike the 23,000 acres and soak up the beautiful scenery.

  A little bit farther away are the aesthetically-pleasing Valley of Fire and Grand Canyon, where one can hike and camp overnight in their parks. I have been to both of these, and they are truly incredible, but the desert can get a little chilly at night, so I recommend extra layers of clothing.


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Container Park is a shopping center built from storage containers. It has multiple small stores and an expansive courtyard with a playground. There is plenty of scenery in the middle of hustling and bustling Las Vegas, like a giant metal praying mantis in the front of Container Park, located on Fremont Street.

  Another tourist attraction requires a vast change in altitude. The Stratosphere is one of the most noticeable landmarks as it is 1,149 feet tall. The observation tower includes a rotating restaurant, but most incredibly, three thrill rides: The Big Shot, X-Scream, and SkyJump Las Vegas. These petrifying rides will definitely create incredible memories and amazing views.

  Fremont Street and the Strip are basically the most touristy things to do in Las Vegas, other than gamble, of course. Fremont hosts dozens of street performers every day, with a beautiful array of lights overhead that provide for a free magnificent show. Slotzilla is a zipline 12 stories above the street with two levels; one where the participants are strapped in upright, and the taller one holds them horizontal like a superhero. The taller one is truly terrifying, and as a 100 pound 13 year old, when I participated, I was stranded about 30 feet away from the end because I weighed so little. It left some hilarious memories, and I would definitely recommend this ride. The Strip, however, is a length of road that holds many iconic casinos with countless attractions, but there are thousands of tourists there daily.

Las Vegas is spectacular at night, but there is plenty to do during the day.
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  The High Roller is the world’s tallest ferris wheel, spanning 550 feet tall. This observation platform takes 30 minutes to rotate one full revolution. Adventuredome is an indoor amusement park that has a variety of rides and activities, including large roller coasters, 4-D movies, laser tag, an arcade, and plenty of other fun choices.

  It gets pretty hot in our desert, and Wet ‘n’ Wild provides plenty of water with exhilarating slides like a massive nearly-vertical waterslide and a huge funnel-shaped ride called the Tornado, along with a less terrifying lazy river. Cowabunga Bay is another waterpark located in Henderson. With dozens of rides, Cowabunga Bay is similar to Wet ’n’ Wild, yet is it different. The parks are similar, but they will keep the heat off from the deadly summer sun.

  Vegas is an exciting place, but sometimes relaxation is important. There are movie theaters everywhere in Las Vegas. In the summer, there will be plenty of new releases, and it is effortless to find a theater. The Bellagio hosts a fountain show every 30 minutes from 3pm to 8pm and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight from Monday to Friday. On Saturdays and holidays, they initiate every 30 minutes from noon to 8pm and every 15 minutes from 8pm to midnight. It is a spectacular show, and if in the area, it is one of the attractions one wouldn’t want to miss.

  If it is too much of a hassle to drive an hour to Vegas, there are some things to do in our small town like bowling at the Pahrump Nugget, or watching a movie on Saturdays at Ian Deutch park. There is a massive screen and usually a good movie playing, and always a good atmosphere in these community events. Pahrump is a scenic rural town where everybody knows everybody, and behind all of the shrubs and mountains, there is plenty of stuff to do, like watching races at the PV Speedway. We might not have a waterpark either, but we have Lakeside, an RV resort where one can go kayaking in their lake.

  Pahrump is like Vegas without all the neon signs and hustle bustle. We are a vast community with incredible landscape and prolific trails, all while being collaborative, cooperative, and composed.