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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a small oasis in the dry Mojave Desert. It's just a short drive down the road from Red Rock Canyon and is probably about 40 minutes from the Strip. The grounds are... Read More
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park is a small oasis in the dry Mojave Desert. It's just a short drive down the road from Red Rock Canyon and is probably about 40 minutes from the Strip. The grounds are dotted with historic buildings, some dating to the 1860s. Grassy meadows, trees from a former orchard, and hiking trails surround the main ranch house. Picnic areas offer visitors a place to enjoy lunch, and in summer there are outdoor plays in the evenings in one of the meadows. The dramatic Wilson Cliffs offer a backdrop of vertical sandstone that will have you snapping away with your camera. A red one-story ranch house is the centerpiece of the park, and it has a fascinating history that includes Howard Hughes. The interior has been preserved and acts as a visitor center. Guided tours are available, and docents are on hand to answer questions.
- Romantic Things to Do: "Be sure to stop in the visitor center inside the ranch house. The historical displays throughout the home are well labeled, but the docents are the people to talk to for the best stories about the house and property."
- Parks: "During the summer, musicals are performed several nights of the week on a stage in a large meadow. At the Super Summer Theater, chair rentals and a concession stand are available, but guests can bring their own food and drinks, including alcohol."
- Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: The beautiful grounds, historic buildings, hiking trails and picnic area give couples all they need for a romantic outing.
- Best for Parks Because: The beautiful grounds at Spring Mt. Ranch are not only full of history, but also are a great place to have a picnic.