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A skeleton of a camelops inside Ice Age Fossils State Park in Las Vegas. The earliest known North American camel genus was Protylopus and was the size of a rabbit. That prehistoric camel evolved into the Camelops – the last species of the large North American camel.

Big News: What’s New Winter 2024

Well we can’t report what’s new without mentioning the BIG Game. February 11, 2024 marks the first time ever the Super Bowl will be hosted in Las Vegas. As it takes place at Allegiant Stadium on the Strip, there’ll be plenty of happenings there, but since we like to focus on beyond the neon, go BIG and plan your trip with our partner offerings.

Go BIG or Go Home!

Planning for a group excursion to the BIG Game? Get there and back in style with Discreet Transportation. Their Big Money Bus is perfect for the big party for up to 40 passengers and features upgrades including: two dance poles, full surround sound, TVs and lighting package, stand up bar, and luggage storage! They also offer airport pickup/dropoff, hourly and weekend rentals, and tours.

 

Speaking of tours… Taste Buzz Food Tours just launched a new “Secrets of the Strip Foodie Tour” where your group can discover three must visit best kept secrets in the heart of Las Vegas. Stops include The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Bellagio Las Vegas, and The Grand Bazaar Shops at Horseshoe Las Vegas.

 

Looking for off-strip options to enjoy The Big Game? Downtown Las Vegas has you covered! 

 

Get the BIGgest view of the game at Circa Las Vegas’ Big Game Bash. Home to the world’s largest sportsbook, Circa Sports, and Stadium Swim which boasts a 143-foot screen with booming audio. Both venues will feature a watch party, or you can book your own private viewing party at Circa Convention Center with unlimited tailgate food, high-definition TV’s, on-site betting, and luxury seating! 


Across the street The Plaza Hotel & Casino is offering a Big Game viewing party featuring buckets of beer, delectable buffet, convenient access to Wiliam Hill betting stations, and HD Big Screen Projectors at every angle!

The inside of Discreet bus lit up in neon colors spelling DISCREET on the ceiling.

In other BIG News, Nevada's New State Park

Las Vegas Territory will soon be home to Nevada’s newest state park – Ice Age Fossils State Park in North Las Vegas, Nevada. When it opens to the public on January 20,2024, it will be the newest of only two state parks to open to the public in more than two decades (the other being Walker River State Recreation Area in Yerington, NV which officially opened in 2018)

 

Located next to Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, this 315-acre park is renowned for its fossils from Pleistocene megafauna, complex geology, and history of scientific investigation. It was once home to now extinct mammals such as Columbian mammoths, American lions, camelops, dire wolves, and ground sloths. The discovery of these fossils led to the “Big Dig” in the early 1960’s – the largest inter-disciplinary scientific expedition of its kind up to that point.

 

Speaking of camelops, while this prehistoric predecessor to the camel is now extinct, you can still get up close and personal, and even ride, their modern day descendents at Camel Safari Las Vegas

 

The new state park will feature 3 miles of trails including a .3 mi Megafauna trail featuring sculptures of the historic animals that once inhabited the area. Additionally, guests can stop by the new modern visitor center to view natural history exhibits including some of the fossils dug up on-site such as a 3 ft. Mammoth Tusk. The park will be open on weekends from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Children age 12 and younger can enter for free, there is a $3 admission fee for all others.

State Park Ranger at Ice Age Fossils State Park looks into a giant rock formation and prepares to take a photo. The new state park is located in Las Vegas.

A BIG Reminder - Go Cashless at Lake Mead

If you’re planning a trip to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, card is now king when it comes to paying for entry and other fees. Earlier this year the park transitioned to a cashless entry system and now requires electronic card payments for entrance, lake use, and campground fees. Advance campground reservations, as well as first-come, first-served sites, will be available online only through recreation.gov. Concession operations at marinas, hotels, and stores will still accept cash or electronic card payments.

 

This move aligns with nationwide efforts to increase efficiency and decrease visitor entry times while collecting money for trash removal, road and facility maintenance and repairs, trail refurbishment, accessibility improvements, and more. The cashless entry system has already been implemented at other nearby State Parks including: Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks.

Dry lakebed foreground, lake background and milky way above

BIG experiences at The Boulder City Adventure Center

Plans are moving forward with The Boulder City Adventure Center, located at the corner of Nevada Way and Boulder City Parkway. Upon completion, this will be your gateway to outdoor adventure in the Las Vegas Territory and beyond. Up to 18 tourism operators who offer various activities such as kayak and helicopter tours, hike and bike excursions, and more, will share a space where tourists can check-in for their adventure. A circulator bus will pick up tourists from the Strip and other popular Las Vegas locations, and bring them to the Adventure Center where they can check in for their day of adventure, and be inspired for their next one! Check out these BIG adventures from one of our newest partner’s National Park Express, who will be the first, but not exclusive operator.

Boulder City sign on green grass says welcome to historic Boulder City. Photo courtesy of National Park Express
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Events Happening Beyond the the Neon

Boulder City

You don’t have to travel all the way to Northern Europe just to get a taste of Scandinavian culture. Just pop on down to Boulder City on January 27th for the 25th Annual Vegas Viking Lodge Sons of Norway Lutefisk Dinner. The event preserves and showcases Scandinavian Culture in Southern Nevada with a traditional meal featuring cultural favorites such as lutefisk (cod wash in lye), roasted pork, boiled potatoes, green beans, lefse (flatbread), and Scandinavian cookies. You can also get a taste of Scandinavia’s signature, and hard-to-find in America, spirit, Aquavit, which will be featured at the open bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance, $30 for adults, $10 for kids 12 and under.

Mesquite

Enjoy floating wonders during the annual Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival taking place January 26-28. Weather permitting, balloons launch every morning at 7:30 a.m. peppering the morning horizon with their beautiful colors. The views are free and you can even meet the aircraft operators on site. Food & drink will also be available for purchase. At night, the skies transform into a dazzling spectacle during Night Glow, where the balloons are lit in all their glory. You also won’t want to miss the balloon launch finale taking place Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Five Hot Air Balloons flying during the morning over Mesquite with mountain backdrop at Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival

Moapa Valley

Last but certainly not least before you take off to plan your trip, save the date for the Clark County Fair & Rodeo, taking place April 10-14, 2024. The event takes place just under an hour’s drive outside of Las Vegas in Logandale, NV and is host to one of the nation’s premier PRCA and WRPA rodeos where more than 600 of the world’s top pro athletes compete. Additionally, attendees can enjoy a carnival, live entertainment, view and interact with livestock, explore cultural exhibits, and chow down on fair delicacies such as turkey legs, alligator, fry bread, funnel cakes, corn dogs, and more! Tickets go on sale Feb. 1 and you’ll want to buy early to make sure you can get in on all the action.

A big ferris wheel at Clark County Fair & Rodeo with blue clear skys. Event is in Moapa Valley about hour from Las Vegas.
A child rides a pony. Courtesy of Clark County Fair & Rodeo in Logandale.

As we adventure into a new year, we look forward to introducing you to more magical places to explore throughout Las Vegas and beyond the neon horizons. Stay tuned for the latest happenings, and discover more in our Plan Your Trip section.

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