The southern Nevada itinerary can be downloaded here
Start your day with a visit to the Springs Preserve and the Nevada State Museum. At the Springs Preserve learn about Southern Nevada’s unique environment and its people through colorful galleries, botanical gardens and an interpretive trail system through a scenic wetland habitat. Located on the same campus, the Nevada State Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to meet Sarah Winnemucca, Wovoka, and Dat So La Lee and learn how American Indians have shaped and continue to shape the history and culture of Nevada. From the Nevada State Museum take West Charleston Blvd and State Route 159 west to Red Rock National Conservation Area. For the thousands of years as many as six different American Indian cultures may have used this area for different purpose such as living in the valley during the fall & winter and migrating to the hills and mountains during spring & summer. While at Red Rock learn more about the history of the region at the visitor’s center and explore the attractions of the area along its 13-mile scenic loop drive. From Red Rock take State Routes 159 and 160 west to Pahrump to visit the Pahrump Valley Museum. The museum features artifacts from the area’s Native people as well as exhibits detailing Pahrump’s prospecting, ranching and farming history. Overnight in Pahrump.
- Springs Preserve & Nevada State Museum to Red Rock National Conservation Area :30 /15 miles
- Red Rock National Conservation Area to Pahrump Valley Museum 1:00 /54 mile
- TOTAL: 1:45 /78 miles
From Pahrump travel east on Bell Vista Road and north on Spring Meadows Road to the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge. The Southern Paiute and Timbisha Shoshone people once settled around the beautiful spring pools and lived off this land, today these Tribe’s maintain a strong connection to the Ash Meadows area. From Ash Meadows take State Route 373 and US 95 to the Corn Creek Visitors Center. The visitor center includes interpretive exhibits and nature trails that allow you to explore the exceptional wilderness and wildlife of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge (the largest refuge in the lower 48 states). From Corn Creek take US 95 south to the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort. The resort is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe (Tudinu) and is home to three world class 18 hole courses; Snow Mountain (Nu-Wav Kaiv), Sun Mountain (Tav-Ai-Kaiv) and Wolf (Kwetoo-Unuv). In addition to offering premier golf, the resort is home to a luxurious clubhouse with an award winning pro shop and restaurant. From the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort take US 95 and State Route 157 to the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. While at the visitors center explore the history and wildlife of the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and see the Paiute Nation Seven Sacred Stones monument, which honors the seven nations of the region. From the visitors center take State Route 157 and US 95 south to North Las Vegas. Overnight in North Las Vegas.
- Pahrump to Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge :30 /20 miles
- Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge to Corn Creek Visitors Center 1:45 /86 miles
- Corn Creek Visitors Center to Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort :20 /12 miles
- Las Vegas Paiute Golf Resort to Spring Mountain Visitors Center :30 /22 miles
- Spring Mountain Visitors Center to North Las Vegas :45 /36 miles
- TOTAL: 3:05 /146 miles
From North Las Vegas take I-15 north to the Moapa Travel Center. The travel center is owned and operated by the Moapa Band of Paiutes and features a large selection of native crafts that are available for purchase. From the travel center take the Valley of Fire Highway south into Valley of Fire State Park. This beautiful park dedicated in 1935, is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park and is home to magnificent red sandstone and other geological formations. Valley of Fire is an important cultural area to the Southern Paiute (Nuwu) people and examples of rock art dating back to thousands of years ago can be found at several sites within the park. From Valley of Fire take State Route 169 north to Overton to visit the Lost City Museum. At the museum, visitors can learn about the Ancestral Puebloans and view the artifacts as well as learn about the geological and cultural history of the area. From the Lost City Museum take a scenic drive through the Lake Mead National along State Routes 169 and 167 South to Boulder City. Overnight in Boulder City.
- North Las Vegas to Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza :30 /28 miles
- Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza to Valley of Fire State Park :35 /18 miles
- Valley of Fire State Park to Lost City Museum :30 /14 miles
- Lost City Museum to Boulder City 1:30 /69 miles
- TOTAL: 3:05 /146 miles
From Boulder City take US 95, State Route 163 south and Christmas Tree Pass (partially unpaved) to Grapevine Canyon. Take an easy . mile walk through large boulders and canyons to see petroglyphs and other evidence of the prehistoric people who lived in this area. The canyon lies at the base of Spirit Mountain which is considered a sacred area to the Yuman speaking tribes of the lower Colorado River. The mountain (known as Avikwame by the Mohave and Wikame by the Hualapai people) plays a prominent role in the religion and mythology of these people as the spiritual birthplace of these tribes. From Grapevine Canyon Take State Route 163 and the Needles Highway south to visit the Avi Resort & Casino, owned and operated by the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (Pipa Aha Macav). From the Avi take State Route 163 and Highway 95 back to Henderson to visit the Clark County Museum. While at the museum explore the history and culture of the ancient Pueblo and more recent Southern Paiute (Nuwu) people and the heritage of Las Vegas. From Henderson return to Las Vegas to stay for a few more days or fly home from McCarran International Airport.
- Las Vegas to Grapevine Canyon 1:30 /93 miles
- Grapevine Canyon to Avi Resort & Casino :30 /19 miles
- Avi Resort & Casino to Clark County Museum 1:30 /90 miles
- TOTAL: 3:30 /202 miles
Nevada’s tribal communities welcome visitors. Please note that museum hours and Tribal regulations may be subject to change, contacting or visiting to the Tribal administration offices or museums before your visit is recommended. For more information about proper etiquette when visiting a Tribal community or purchasing authentic American Indian art please visit www.nevadaindianterritory.com.
Best Western Pahrump Station www.bestwestern.com/pahrumpstation
Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Gambling Hall www.pahrumpnugget.com
Saddle West Hotel & Casino www.saddlewest.com
Wine Ridge RV Resort & Cottages www.wineridgervresort.com
North Las Vegas:
Boulder Dam Hotel www.boulderdamhotel.com
Boulder Inn & Suites 702-369-1000
El Rancho Boulder Motel www.elranchoboulder.com
Hacienda Hotel & Casino www.haciendaonline.com
Nevada Inn 702-293-2044
Quality Inn www.qualityinn.com
Sands Motel 702-293-2589