Between Las Vegas and the California border on the I-15, Primm, Jean, and Goodsprings are three cities with adventure and activities for all to enjoy. With shopping, concert series, golfing, wildlife, dining, and more – guests driving through can stop for a relaxing trip and uncover a little bit of Southern Nevada history.
Primm is a diverse, small town that sits on the edge of Ivanpah Dry Lake and California state line, offering gambling, shopping, and outdoor activities galore.
Shop until you drop at Prizm Outlets, a shopping center that features 127 murals from a world-wide variety of artists, just off the interstate.
Fans of golf can play on Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, putting their skills to the test with a variety of terrain and water features set against the backdrop of the mountains.
Who said you can’t see the biggest names in show business, take in a rodeo or boxing match outside of Vegas? Primm is also known for their fantastic concerts in their 6,500 seat arena, Star of the Desert.
For those looking to get outdoors, Primm’s adjacent Ivanpah Dry Lake Bed is a popular area for land sailing and kite buggying. The desert terrain, which includes Joshua Trees, Yucca Trees, Creosote Scrub and nearby mountains, also affords good hiking opportunities. There are also numerous wildlife species in the area including the Gila monster, rare desert tortoises, the western diamondback rattlesnake and desert bighorn sheep, among others. The northernmost section of the Mojave National Preserve is in the Clark Mountain Range, only about five miles outside of Primm.
Jean is a small commercial town located approximately 12 miles north of the Nevada-California state line. Fuel up at the world’s largest Chevron located near the intersection of Interstate 15 and Goodsprings Road before you head out on a desert adventure.
Take photos at Seven Magic Mountains, a public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and I-15, consisting of seven towers of colorful boulders by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. Stacked and standing more than thirty feet high, these boulders bring a burst of color to the otherwise tan and green Southern Nevada desert.
A quick trip from Jean, visit the historic Tecopa Hot Springs Resort, a peaceful, tranquil, and respite from the rest of the world. Take a luxurious soak in the silky natural hot mineral springs, walk the labyrinth, and experience the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets over an expansive desert landscape followed by spectacular night skies perfect for stargazing.
If the moon is full, take a moon hike or labyrinth walk – but if it’s a new moon, enjoy stargazing with the 11″ Celestron Telescope and color Mallincam, a video camera that hooks to the telescope and displays the image onto a screen.
Charming and historic Goodsprings offers a living memory of the Old West, just 30 minutes outside of Las Vegas. With its population of about 250, Goodsprings has no traffic, but lots of history!
Goodsprings, named for Joseph Good, whose cattle frequented a spring nestled in the southeastern foothills of the Spring Mountains, was once the heart of the most productive mining districts in Clark County. Over the years lead, silver, copper, zinc and gold have all been mined from this area.
It is the home of the world famous Pioneer Saloon, where Clark Gable visited after he received word of the death of his beautiful wife, Carole Lombard. Many have said Clark Gable was never the same man. The Saloon has been featured in many films and shows. Visitors will feel a connection to the past when visiting this cultural gem – and the sandwiches, burgers and steaks are delicious!
Goodsprings has been the location of a number of ghost tours and paranormal television episodes. The Pioneer Saloon even offers a Haunted Lockdown experience!