Sites within 200m of Vegas? : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

Hi Everyone,

I want to float a question out for anyone who has interesting sites to shoot within a two hundred mile radius of Las Vegas (Nevada). Thats my limit for a daytrip and I am starting to run a little thin on places I haven't visited a couple times. Thanks in advance for your input.

-- Kevin Kemner (, October 07, 2000


First take a look at the Vegas tourist brochures & visit all the natural places they suggest. Red Rock Canyon, etc. are on the list. Then try Paranagat NWR and the mountains & valleys to the North. Go into Arizona a bit and try the backroads going to Joshua Tree and 29 palms. Just get out and drive around and you will find a potload of locations that are excellent, as close as Mt. Charleston or as far away as Death Valley.

-- Dan Smith (, October 07, 2000.

Death Valley is certainly one of my favorite places. Be warned though, it's huge (the size of Connecticut!) and a day trip will be a long day indeed. It takes about two hours to get to Beatty, NV which is at the eastern portal to the park. Near Beatty is Rhyolite, a ghost town with some interesting photographic opportunities. Or, you could enter the park a bit south at Death Valley Junction. There, you'll get very near the Amorgosa Opera House, another interesting piece of architecture. I would get some maps and guides to the park and plan any day trip very carefully. I would also avoid it during the hot weather. April, May and later in October or the winter months can be very pleasant. South of DV are some salt pinnacles. I've never been there, but their location appears on most maps of the area. Please visit the Death Valley section of my web site to see some examples of what's possible.

-- Robert A. Zeichner (, October 07, 2000.

I assume you already considered Bryce and Zion? The two local landscapes to shoot are Valley of Fire and Red Rock...however, both of these are insignficant vs. Bryce and Zion. Mt. Charleston, 20 miles, has Apsens in full color right now. South on the strip, 15 miles there is some flat dried up lake beds that are neat....

-- Bill Glickman (, October 09, 2000.

Get a map. Look for places with lots of Parks, areas of interest, tourist destinations, etc. Go the opposite direction.

-- Wayne (, October 09, 2000.

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