Things to Do in Laughlin, Nevada

Things to Do in Laughlin, Nevada
The third-largest gambling destination in the state, Laughlin is a small town that still manages to stand alongside Las Vegas and Reno as tourist beacons in the midst of seemingly endless desert. Furthermore, Laughlin has long been considered a top RV destination. Here are a few of the attractions that draw in visitors.

Laughlin River Run

The largest motorcycle event in the western United States, the River Run brings in 70,000 motorcyclists annually. The event has been held the last week of April every year since 1987. The event is perfect for riders and is also a treat for visitors on foot. For more information, visit www.laughlinriverrun.com or call (949) 502-3434.

Katherine Mine

Within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Katherine Mine was one of the centerpiece gold mines of the area. Millions of dollars of gold ore were excavated at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The mine is long since defunct, but it now stands as an exciting landmark along a scenic trail.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-8990
http://www.nps.gov/lame/index.htm

Grapevine Canyon

Native American culture has existed in the Laughlin area for 1,500 years, and Grapevine Canyon is one of the most potent reminders of their ancient culture. Located in a pass alongside Spirit Mountain, Grapevine Canyon contains a number of well-preserved petroglyphs. Amazingly, the designs carved on the canyon wall belong to a number of different tribes, including the Mohave, Maricopa and Hualapai, all of whom found the region around Spirit Mountain to be a place of spiritual import.

Grapevine Canyon
U.S. 95 and Nevada Route 164
Laughlin, NV
(800) 452-8445

Lake Mohave

A large lake in the middle of a vast desert, Lake Mohave is one of the most frequented recreational areas in the Laughlin area. In actuality, the lake is part of the Colorado River. The area around the lake is great for hiking, mountain biking or just relaxing on the beach. Of course boating, water-skiing and swimming are also excellent options.

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
601 Nevada Way
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-8990
www.nps.gov/lame/index.htm

Article Written By Louie Doverspike

Based in Seattle, Louie Doverspike has been a professional writer since 2004. His work has appeared in various publications, including "AntiqueWeek" magazine, the "Prague Post" and "Seattle Represent!" Doverspike holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Hamilton College.

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