National park walking adventures, near Mesquite.

By Travel + Leisure
August 31, 2012
Las Vegas News Bureau

The bargain town of Mesquite is the base for exploring Nevada’s oldest and largest state park. You’ll see red sandstone formations, 3,000-year-old Native American petroglyphs, and wildlife (think coyotes, foxes, and black-tailed jackrabbits) as you hike through Nevada’s largest state park. It’s open year-round, and experiences, as you might expect, hot summers and mild winters.

Valley of Fire State Park

Walk the red sandstone formations. Nevada’s oldest state park is made up of some 35,000-odd acres of petroglyphs and dramatic rock formations. Look for Arch Rock, Piano Rock, and the Three Sisters, whose recognizable forms have been the backdrop for many a western movie.

Purple Fez Café

The cheap-but-great surf and turf may be a disappearing breed, but you’ll still find a lobster and steak dinner for $22 here.

CasaBlanca Resort

The delightfully kitschy, 472-room resort has packed in the waterfalls, gardens, and pools to help you forget you’re in the middle of the desert. You won’t forget completely, but the place is a bargain.

CasaBlanca Casino

The delightfully kitschy, 472-room resort has packed in the waterfalls, gardens, and pools to help you forget you’re in the middle of the desert. You won’t forget completely, but the place is a bargain.

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