There are many surprises hidden just around canyon bends in the Mojave desert. Whether in town for a spirtual awakening or historical reconciliation, Southern Nevada can guide you through your journey.
The Atomic Testing Museum
Established in 2000, the Atomic Testing Museum serves as a hallmark for America's Cold War past. From 1951 to 1992, the Nevada Test Site deployed nuclear bombs just north of the Las Vegas valley to test America's and Europe's fortitude in case of nuclear war. The results were often gruesome -- tainted groundwater and radioactive dust from blasts poisoned residents of Nevada, Arizona and Utah.
Today, the museum takes visitors on a tour of these tests and how the state is now reconciling with its nuclear history. Displays of underground and atmospheric testing, as well as an exhibit on citizens trying to protect the Mojave, give visitors a complete look at nuclear bomb testing.
The Springs Preserve
Located on a formerly abandoned lot, this LEED-Platinum certified exhibit features 180 acres of learning and recreational fun for everyone. The Cafe Concert series happens every Thursday over the summer. There are also classes offered on everything from sustainable gardening to Tai Chi. Multiple exhibits provide educational opportunities for children and adults alike. Be sure to visit the Origen Experience that documents the natural history of Las Vegas. Or, learn about sustainable living in the Desert Living Center.
Atomic Testing Museum
Las Vegas Springs Preserve