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Monday, 15 April 2013

BONNIE SPRINGS RANCH - "Just outside of Las Vegas Nevada"

After we left Bryce Canyon we headed South again toward Nevada. Heard of a great little ghost town just 15 to 20 minutes outside of Vegas in Blue Diamond area called "Bonnie Springs Ranch".  There is 150 acres that has been owned by the same family since 1952. Bonnie herself ran the ranch up until just a few years ago. Now it is run by her son and daughter. Bonnie is still living on the ranch and is 91 years old. 

You can do full board up in the stables or you can do your own feeding for $10 a night per horse at their arena there are large corrals down there. $15 night for dry camping. There are endless trails out towards the Red Rock Canyon areas. You can also ride to the little mining town of "Blue Diamond".

Bonnie Springs is easy to find. 
 Directions from Vegas- Head south on Hwy 15 take exit 33 on Blue Diamond road go about ten miles. You will see signs for "Red Rock Canyon". Turn right on Hwy 159 this road is also called Blue Diamond.  Bonnie Springs is about 5 miles down the road and you will not miss there entrance and sign. Just watch for wild burro's they are everywhere. 

You will see many wild burros in the area 

As we drove down the long driveway or road to Bonnie Springs we saw 5 burro's 

This is right in the parking lot where we were parked

The wild burros came pretty close to us

There is a ghost town with a Zoo and a train. They also have a hotel and trail rides into the desert. 

Here is the entrance to the town and Zoo. There is a small fee to enter. 

At the Zoo there are 2 Canadian Lynx's. Bonnie herself hand raise this big boy.  

Ron got mobbed by deers, goats, and other critters at the feeding station. 

Behind the restaurant by the stables it is like a bird sanctuary there are hundreds of birds of all shapes and sizes. 

The main street of the ghost town 

They are daily gun fights and hangings in town to entertain you. 

The town is called "Old Nevada" 
Our campsite down by the rodeo arena. We are getting ready to ride.

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1 comment:

  1. So how did you get the Western Star through that gate.