Scary spaces to boo-tiful places. Looking for things to do in Las Vegas in October? Las Vegas Territory offers amazing experiences and activities to explore, and we are here to help you navigate with this one pro tip: be sure to squeeze in extra travel time for adventures beyond the neon. Below are five neon to nature day trips all within an hour drive from the Las Vegas Strip. Frightening to fabulousness, these outings offer spooky good times and all those FALL feels of pumpkin spice and everything nice in between.
Views to take your breath away. Hop on the scenic chair ride along the mountains in Lee Canyon for a blissful, vibrant viewing of fall hues. It’s a quick 52 miles from Las Vegas, and currently open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays-Sundays / holidays. Other freaky fun activities to captivate your attention include archery, axe throwing, and bites at Brewin’ Burro and Bighorn Grill. All this sounds perfect after a leisurely 6.5 mile mountain hike along the moderate Bristlecone Trail, or the one mile nature loop for the less adventurous.
Once a home to one of the largest booms in Nevada, the now privately owned ghost town is a cool place to visit for funky photo opps and tours of what was once a violent and lawless rough and tumble wild west, and only a 46 mile drive from Las Vegas. Eldorado Canyon Mine Tours features a glimpse into the Historical Techatticup Mine, the most famous gold mine in Southern Nevada dating back to the 1700s, along with props left from numerous music videos, video games, and movies with cool explosions.
Pro tip. Fuel up on grub before you go with a quick stop at Mom’s Hot Dogs in Boulder City, where you can ask for your name on the dog in mustard or ketchup.
It is said Goodsprings is home to a wide array of spirits from a miner and gun shot victim, to actress Carol Lombard who died in a plane crash in 1942 in the hills nestled around the town. It’s a quick 34-mile drive to this historic milling and mining town with only a few landmarks left today, including the oldest bar in southern Nevada, Pioneer Saloon with its original stamped tin walls. Try the signature Ghost Burger, it’s epic and awesome! Hit up the this bar built in 1913 on the weekend for live music and some chicken shit bingo!
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Head out to Moapa Valley Corn Maze for some raw country fun with fire pit nights, pumpkin patch, pig races, haunting corn maze, zombie paintball and much more. Travel from #neontonature and get lost in the moment, it’s only 57 minutes from Las Vegas. There are activities for all ages. Bonus, Criss Angel’s new restaurant venture, Cablp, is only 20 minutes from the farm fun in Overton, Nevada. Try the magician’s favorite, Italian ices with 100 flavors to whet your whistle.
It’s a spook-tacular outing to Tom Devlin’s Monster Museum, a mere 26 miles from the neon lights of the Strip to historic Boulder City. Devlin, a professional special makeup effects artist, has created a wonderland of screen-used props, creature suits and custom pieces representing monsters throughout movie history. On select nights, Nightmare at the Museum offers two haunting experiences sure to make the hair on the back of your neck rise. Good night from the Las Vegas Territory and sleep tight.
All miles and times were estimated with travel from the Las Vegas Strip.
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