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Summer travel begins! This biker is keeping in cool in Lee Canyon flying high on the mountain bike trail after stunting on the course.

Swinging Into Summer Travel – What’s New In and Around Las Vegas

The weather is heating up, and we’ve got all kinds of cool things to experience all around Southern Nevada! Whether you’re looking to hike, bike, ride or roll, we’ve got your Summer travel covered. Discover more in our Plan Your Trip section.

More Ways to Get Here and Get Around:

As if there weren’t already plenty of reasons to love Southern Nevada for the ability to get from here to there and back again, we’ve uncovered even more opportunities to get around in the future.

 

Ireland-based airline Aer Lingus has announced three weekly direct flights from Dublin to Las Vegas, beginning this Fall. Combine the luck of the Irish, with the lucky sevens in our casinos, and you’re sure to have an unforgettable time! As they say on the Emerald Isle, “may you have all the happiness and luck that life can hold, and at the end of your rainbows, may you find a pot of gold”. The seasonal direct flights are scheduled to begin in October 2024.

 

Soon, visitors to Las Vegas will be able to ride the rails from Southern California on Brightline West’s first true high-speed passenger rail system in the nation. The company broke ground earlier this year on the $12 billion, 218-mile, all-electric high-speed rail service that will include a flagship station in Las Vegas, with additional stations in Apple Valley, Hesperia, and Rancho Cucamonga. With speeds up to 200 miles per hour, trains will take passengers from Las Vegas to Rancho Cucamonga in just 2 hours and 10 minutes, twice as fast as the normal drive time. The Rancho Cucamonga Station will connect to Southern California’s regional Metrolink service, allowing for seamless connectivity into downtown Los Angeles and beyond. Brightline West is working feverishly with the ambitious plan of having the rail system summer travel operational in time for the 2028 Olympics in Los Angeles.


A new “boring” way to get around was announced recently, as The Boring Company started work on a new Vegas Loop tunnel, connecting the Las Vegas Convention Center to a new station near UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center, with an expected stop at the Virgin Hotel. The new Paradise station will be located just north of Harry Reid International Airport, which could open up the potential for Vegas Loop riders to connect into the airport in the future. Ultimately, The Boring Company plans to have 93 stations and 68 miles of total tunnels around Southern Nevada, with the goal of having more widespread stations in operation by the 2028 Final Four, scheduled to take place at Allegiant Stadium.

Air Lingus flight attendant, Elvis and pilot
A rendering of the Brightline train moving long the highway with vehicles.
Vegas Loop at the Las Vegas Convention Center

Valley of Fire State Park Announces New Visitor Center, opening Fall 2025

The Nevada Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Nevada Division of State Parks, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust are proud to present the official designs for the new Visitor Center at Valley of Fire State Park.

 

Get ready for summer travel 2026. The new Visitor Center is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2025, and will feature state-of-the-art interpretive exhibits showcasing the cultural and geological history of the park in immersive detail. It will also boast a larger gift shop, offering a wide array of souvenirs and educational materials for visitors to take home; and an outdoor amphitheater, capable of seating up to 200 visitors, will provide a venue for educational programs, ranger-led talks, and special events.


The design by Las Vegas-based LGA Architecture replicates the experience of exploring the park’s iconic slot canyons with the building’s unique hallway features and exterior design to transport visitors to the heart of Valley of Fire’s stunning landscapes. The project is happening thanks to the generous $7 million donation from The Helmsley Charitable Trust. As construction gets underway, visitors may experience some traffic delays between the Beehives Trailhead and Petrified Logs Trailhead. The park staff will do their best to make sure guest experiences are not impacted. Stop by the current visitor center for up-close displays of the design renderings.

A rendering of a new amphitheater to be constructed at Valley of Fire State Park Nevada.

Summer Travel Alert: Trail Closures at Lake Mead and Valley of Fire

During the excessive summer heat, Lake Mead National Recreation Area is instituting seasonal closures to certain strenuous areas and park trails from May 15, 2024 – September 30, 2024.

According to the National Weather Service, excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the Southwest United States. Therefore, Lake Mead is taking measures to proactively curb these serious safety concerns and potential tragedies by closing the following areas: Goldstrike Canyon, White Rock Canyon and White Rock Canyon Trail, Arizona Hot Springs and Arizona Hot Springs Trail, Liberty Arch Trail, Lone Palm Trail, Sugar Loaf Trail, and Lone Palm and Sugar Loaf surrounding areas.

Additionally, the annual trail closure at Valley of Fire State Park is in effect until Tuesday, October 1, 2024. The seasonal trail closure is intended to protect the life and safety of visitors and staff. These dates were chosen to match the summer trail closures at the neighboring Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

Trails CLOSED: White Domes Loop (White Domes Road will remain open), Fire Wave, Seven Wonders Loop, Pastel Canyon, Prospect Trail, Arrowhead Road, Pinnacles Loop, Charlie’s Spring, Natural Arches Trail, and off-trail hiking north of Rainbow Vista.

Trails that will remain OPEN: Rainbow Vista, Mouse’s Tank/Petroglyph Canyon, Balancing Rock, and Elephant Rock Loop.

Some tips to avoid heat-related illnesses:

Visit during early morning or evening hours of lower temperatures and indirect sun exposure

  1. Keep outdoor activities in short duration
  2. Pack plenty of water and salty snacks
  3. Know the location and distance of hiking paths and climbing activities before arriving.

Have fun exploring, and be safe out there when your summer travel plans include outdoor activities in Southern Nevada.

A trail at Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Many close during Vegas' hot summer months.

Two-Wheeling Fun in Lee Canyon

Make sure your summer travel plans include a visit to Lee Canyon. It’s  a great place to escape the desert summer heat in the Las Vegas valley. Located about 50 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Lee Canyon offers a cool, airy foothills setting with hiking and biking paths for summer play, as well as skiing and snowboarding during the winter months.

 

Lee Canyon recently announced its Experience Downhill package for new riders, where you can enjoy mountain biking on trail terrain with an all-inclusive package that includes everything you need – all the proper equipment, a top-notch guide, and access to their trails.

 

And for the younger adventurers in your group, checkout their Downhill Traiblazers program where the thrill of downhill mountain biking awaits! Experience an unforgettable adventure through Lee Canyon, designed especially for kids eager to conquer the trails. You’ll embark on an epic journey with their new program, designed to introduce young riders to the exhilarating world of downhill biking. The comprehensive package includes all the gear a student needs, expert guidance from seasoned guides, and access to our beginner trail.

 

Led by skilled guides, both programs will have you navigating the trails together, focusing on boosting your confidence and honing your skills. Before each descent, the guides will scout the trail, identifying any challenges and offering valuable insights to enhance your ride.

Summer Travel - Lee Canyon Bike Rider

A New Way to be Cool at “Sammy’s Island - A Sammy Hagar Oasis” at the Palms

The off-strip Palms Casino Resort recently unveiled the new Sammy’s Island – A Sammy Hagar Oasis, inspired by the tropical beach vibes and carefree lifestyle of Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, and tequila magnate, Sammy Hagar. The new sun-filled oasis brings a vibrant blend of food, spirits, and live music to make days and nights come alive.

Kick back and indulge in one of 39 cabanas, or relax in one of four exclusive Red Rocker Bungalows. Leave land behind and reserve a daybed on the pool island, and stretch out in the sun to the sounds of a live DJ while snacking on street tacos. Sample a mezcal flight at the Tequileria or sip a fresh tropical cocktail at the Tiki Bar, then rock out after sunset at a live show under the stars.

Walk Your Way Through History

History is always a great summer travel allure. The City of Henderson recently announced its new Story Walk to share the history of the city’s iconic Water Street district. Take a self-guided tour and enjoy a new page-by-page story each month. In celebration of 80 years of Downtown Henderson, the first story features “Henderson My Home Town” which talks about #HendersonHistory including the Townsite, Carver Park, Victory Village, early schooling, and more – written by Gordon McCaw’s fourth grade class of 1990-1991.

Summer Travel 2024 Water Street Henderson

Whether you’re revving up an ATV, conquering rocky trails in a 4-wheeler, hoofing it on foot or two wheels, indulging in water activities, or hanging with the stars, the desert landscape of Southern Nevada is full of summer travel opportunities to explore beyond the neon. Plan your trip now and remember, we all play a part in caring for nature and the places we love. Recreate responsibly. Let’s take care of these gifts.

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