Las Vegas is fun, but sometimes the hustle and bustle of the big city can be overwhelming… Sometimes you just need a vacation from your vacation… and when you do, Goodsprings, Nevada will be there for you.
Just 33 miles from the Las Vegas Strip sits the small unincorporated community of Goodsprings, NV. Named after Joseph Good, who ran cattle in the area, this ghost town was once booming with miners which dwindled after World War II. What’s left behind is a quaint little community with quite a story to tell. Our Las Vegas Territory adventure experts ventured out there recently and here’s their recommended itinerary.
1. Make a pit stop at The World's Largest Chevron
You’re getting ready to go to a very small town with lots of fun adventures, but the amenities are a little scarce. Gear up for your trip with a pit stop at The World’s Largest Chevron/Terribles RoadHouse. Not only do they have 96 gas pumps, making them the World’s Largest Chevron and one of the largest gas stations in the western U.S., they literally have everything you could need. Even if you don’t need anything, stop for a quick walk through to see several small attractions including: classic cars, race cars, motor sport vehicles, Jack Link’s Sasquatch, the first Red Bull Energy Lounge, a massive beer cave, and equally massive candy selection, just to name a few…
2. Adrenaline Mountain
Your next adventure takes you to Adrenaline Mountain – a 400-acre outdoor area packed with adventures where you can ride an UTV/ATV in the desert, shoot a handgun and sniper rifle, drive a monster truck, crush and move objects with an excavator, throw axes, tomahawks, and knives, or shoot bows and arrows. There are several combination packages available for every interest and experience level. Plus, you can relax in between on a scenic little overlook next to a campfire.
3. Grab a bite and a pint in Goodsprings at the oldest bar in Nevada
The Pioneer Saloon opened in 1913 during the mining boom in Goodsprings, and is one of the few businesses that still remains open to this day. This historic location is known to be haunted by ghosts and also served as the command center where Clark Gable sat and waited for news of the search for Carol Lombard’s plane after it crashed in the nearby Mount Potosi. The dining room showcases lots of memorabilia from Clark Gable & Carol Lombard as well as other movies which the famous saloon was featured in. Be sure to belly up to the oldest bar in Southern Nevada and enjoy a Ghost Burger, a pint, and maybe even feel a real ghost!
4. Settle in for a night of stargazing and relaxation at Sandy Valley Ranch
After your full day of adventure, it’s time to relax under the stars, and Sandy Valley Ranch is the perfect place to do it! You can rent cute little teepees or tiny home cabins to stay in with modern plumbing for toilets and showers available. This is a functioning ranch with plenty of animals to see including cows, horses, pigs, and chickens. They also have horse shoes, campfires, and outdoor lounge furniture to make your escape perfect.
5. Be enchanted by Seven Magic Mountains
Located in Ivanpah Valley just between Goodsprings and Las Vegas, you can easily access this free public art installation on your way back into town. Featuring seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet tall, this is a popular tourist attraction that makes for the perfect background for taking Instagram-worthy photos.
The time you spend in Goodsprings may be short, but the memories will last a lifetime. And, here’s one more trick to make this a true adventure, a sweet road trip ride. Check out Vegas Jeep Tours in Things To Do in Las Vegas Territory.