Day 1

fly to Las Vegas go
Early flight into McCarran Airport / LAS go where we board a Lewis Stages coach – our comfortable road home for the next 8 days go and meet our small congenial group: 7 intrepid explorers, knowledgeable guide Connie, amiable driver Oscar. We’re off to see a beautiful part of the USA.

  78 miles/126 km 

1 pm drive to and tour The Valley of Fire go
Comfortable drive on a sunny cloudless day as we travel northeast on I-15 for the first of our red rock adventures. Valley of Fire, Nevada’s oldest (dedicated 1935) and largest state park is next to Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The red sandstone formations (some fantastic) seem to be on fire when reflecting the sun’s rays – hence it’s name. Unparalleled vistas surround us.

Petrified wood from a ancient forest and 3,000 year old Indian petroglyphs (rock art) can be seen throughout the park. Our glyph pics were taken on the Mouses’s Tank trail. Easy hikes on clearly marked trails, bouldering, picnicking and photography are popular activities. The park is open all year (except Christmas). Group use sites are available. A full-scale visitor center has interpretive geology, desert wildlife, Basket Maker people and Anasazi Pueblo farmer displays, informational materials and gift shop.

The Valley of Fire’s present landscape was formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs (150 million years ago) followed by complex uplifting and faulting of the region and extensive erosion. The rock formations include sandstone, limestone, shale and conglomerates. A great start to an out-of Vegas trip!

5 pm drive to and tour Mesquite go
Mesquite, on the old Spanish Trail (became highway 91, later Interstate 15), was always a place for travelers who were on their way to somewhere else. Only youthful optimism and determination gave pioneer settlers a foothold in this inhospitable area. Many original buildings from the 1880s and early 1900s still stand. Originally a farming community, today it’s a world renowned golf resort destination.

Then on to the intimate/charming Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery complex go, showcasing contemporary local artists. Open to the public year-round it is a friendly spot where a traveler can take a refreshing break in an oasis of creativity. Exhibits change monthly. Regular art classes and frequent workshops are open to the public.

7 pm arrive at and tour Casa Blanca Resort go
Entertainment headquarters for Mesquite, the Casa Blanca hosts headliner acts on select weekends, has live music Tuesday through Sunday nights, a 24-hour casino, Starbucks, lagoon pool with waterfall and poolside bar, volleyball, tennis and arcade. The co-ed spa offers over 30 different treatments, soaking mineral pools, a eucalyptus steam room, and a hair and nail salon.

8 pm dinner Casa Blanca’s Fez Café go
A bustling 24-hour restaurant with steak and lobster entrees. GIGANTIC Food portions - sharing is highly recommended!

stay Virgin River Hotel and Casino go
700 rooms, newly remodeled, are detached from the Casino offering a comfortable, casual stay with all amenities, including a 24-lane bowling alley.


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Day 1 photos
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