Leaving Las Vegas

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Leaving Las Vegas

Member Rating 0 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

Soak in Tecopa Hot Springs (free), take a hike in a desert oasis date farm (with free samples), get out of the heat in the shade of giant trees in the Spring Mountains, gamble and eat in a small town that feels like "old Vegas". All within an easy drive from the strip. ${QuickSuggestions} Car rentals in Las Vegas are competitive most of the time - no need to pay full rates. Anything above $200 a week is well above average rental cost.${BestWay} In Las Vegas, walking is preferred. But to get out into the desert, you'll need a car. There are no tour buses to Tecopa Hot Springs (thank goodness).

Golden Nugget

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

Nice, probably the best downtown. Comfortable bed, large bathroom, window with a view. The pool is okay but not large, with lots of folks sunning and a few playing scrabble on a floating scrabble board. I got a special for under $50 a night that included food credits. Their buffet is one of the best in town. Very friendly casino bar late at night, but I think some of the ladies were "working girls".
Golden Nugget
129 E. Fremont St.
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89101
(702) 385-7111

Desert Oasis

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

Driving from Las Vegas to Zion National Park, a sign for $19 rooms caught my attention. I had reservations at the Virgin River Inn, but the Desert Oasis looked inviting. Nice room, motel style on second floor, good swimming pools, great buffet. As for gambling, I went in to the casino at night to donate my ten bucks in the quarter video poker machines, but after five large vodka/tonics I still had quarters left so I stumbled back up to my room.
Desert Oasis
3965 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119
(702) 736-6235

Tropicana

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

Loved the swimming pool! Although the swim-up bar was closed when I was there. Rooms were good, restaurants a little steep in price for my taste. Arrived on a midnight flight and had difficulty checking in due to lack of late-night staff. After cleaning up on that first night, went for a walk and encountered several "ladies of the night" trying to sell their services. Got stuck in an elevator due to mechanical failure for about 10 minutes, and hotel staff didn''t even seem to notice (except for a security guard, who finally got fed up with maintenance and physically jammed the door open enough for me to crawl out). Great comedy club! Also nice to bump into some of the showgirls who seem to stay in the hotel. Interesting bird show as well.
Tropicana Resort and Casino
3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89109
(702) 739-2222

Pahrump Casino

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

I stopped at this casino in Pahrump on a Friday evening, not knowing anything other than I was hungry. Went to the coffee shop, and they had their Friday night seafood buffet. It was small, with maybe three kinds of fish plus a salad bar, potatoes/rice, and desserts. Nothing fancy. But then the waitress brings out a plate of hot lobster tails - four of them, nice size. Very tasty. The bill? under $8, tax included.
Pahrump Nugget Casino
681 South Highway 160
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89048
(775) 751-6500

Tecopa Hot Springs

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

It's worth mentioning from the start that these hot springs are free. There are two buildings, one for men, one for women, with rules posted to strictly keep them seperate. There is also a rule against wearing clothing in the springs. Inside the buidling, there are four areas. The open area with benches is where you disrobe; the next area is the shower room (you are required to shower with soap before entering). Then there are two pools, one hot, one more tolerable. The rules seem strict, but I never saw anyone there to enforce them. The springs are open 24 hours a day, except for cleaning. Late night tends to attract a few gay men from Las Vegas, although there are signs posted prohibiting sexual activity. Most of the day visitors are campers from one of the campgrounds next to the springs.
Tecopa Hot Springs
Tecopa
Las Vegas, Nevada, 92389

Desert Oasis

Member Rating 3 out of 5 by trailbos on January 14, 2002

This is truly a hidden oasis. Looking for this place from a high point in the desert will not give you any clues as to its location. Follow the signs from Tecopa, and drive down a narrow, winding road into a steep canyon, and suddenly you find an oasis of palm trees, with a few old VW buses parked between them and a few rustic homes with antiques scattered around. At the visitor center/store, you can get a tour of the date processing facility, sample different varieties of dates, and purchase a date shake (tasty!). They'll give you trail map of the date farm and let you explore on your own. There's also an interesting bed and breakfast on the farm.
Desert Oasis
Tecopa
Las Vegas, Nevada

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