Pahrump, Nevada Tourism

Pahrump, Nevada Tourism
The city of Pahrump, Nevada, is less than 60 miles west of Las Vegas and is the eastern gateway to Death Valley National Park. Pahrump, which comes from the Paiute description for water coming from rocks, has a population of around 38,000, but it's one of the fastest-growing cities in the nation. Of course, it's home to casinos and golf courses, but the city offers fresh air and water and much to draw outdoors enthusiasts.

Climate

Located in Nye County, Pahrump's high desert temperatures in the summer can be in the 100s during the day, but it feels cooler because of the low humidity and wind. It ranges from the 60s to the 90s in the spring; 90s to the 60s in the fall; and in the winter, nights are cold, but days often warm up to the 50s.

Background

Pahrump is rapidly changing from farmlands to a resort town with record-breaking development. Around 10,000 homes were under construction in the valley in 2009.

Outdoor Activities

Trails in the high desert terrain are great for hiking and Pahrump is also popular for its rodeos and western shows, including the annual Wild West Extravaganza and its Fall Festival.

Casinos and Shopping

There are five full-service casinos in Pahrump and rapidly growing numbers of retail shops, restaurants and hotels.

Other Attractions

Pahrump has four golf courses, 20,000 acres of wetlands in nearby Amargosa Valley and the Ash Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary, which features animals and plants found nowhere else.

Article Written By Debbie Selinsky

Debbie Selinsky is an award-winning writer based in North Carolina. Selinsky is the former senior editor of "Success Magazine" and deputy director of the Duke University News Service. She has written about travel for many years and specializes in cruise travel, having sailed on more than 100 cruises. Selinsky attended North Greenville University, Oregon Institute of Technology and the Poynter Institute for Journalistic Excellence.

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