The second episode of the Death Valley Explorer video series, entitled Ghost of Water, has just been released by Death Valley National Park. Rio Tinto donated $50,000 to produce a documentary video series designed to engage the public in Death Valley National Park’s unique beauty and history through social media. The gift was made through the Death Valley Natural History Association to support the National Park Service in their collaboration with Bristlecone Media to produce the series. To view Death Valley Explorer, Episode 1 Ghost of Water and a collection of other intriguing video shorts, visit the Death Valley National Park Youtube page.
The Virginia & Truckee Railroad 2017 season debuts discounted family and group packages for authentic period steam train rides that transport passengers through the silver boom towns of the Wild West. The V&T pulls into the station every weekend starting Memorial Day weekend, May 27-28, through Oct. 15. Tickets for the 16-mile historic route between Carson City and Virginia City, Nevada go on sale April 3. (www.vtrailway.com)
Valley of Fire State Park is offering a wide variety of programs and guided hikes this April. Temperatures in April are generally quite comfortable and many of the desert plants are in bloom, adding vibrant splashes of color to the landscape. See why many people consider April to be the best month of the year to visit Valley of Fire! All events are open to the public. Program schedule is subject to change due to weather and staffing.
Although now a world famous city, Las Vegas began in 1855 as a humble adobe fort along a creek. First settled by Mormon pioneers from Utah, the site later became the center of one of the most important ranches in southern Nevada. Now a state park, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort represents the birthplace of Las Vegas. To learn about Las Vegas’ pioneer heritage, join park rangers for one or all of their Saturday programs.
Tempt your taste buds May 20 & 21, 2017 in historic Virginia City
Taste chili samples from more than 30 professional and amateur chili cooks from across the west at the 34th annual Chili on the Comstock, heating up at 10 a.m. each day May 20 – 21, 2017 in historic Virginia City, Nevada. Returning to the event is the Fireball Saloon Crawl, a perfect way to soothe your gullet after spicy chili, along with the Fun With the Runs 5k.