On our recent road trip through Eastern Nevada, we came across an interesting and new landmark of sorts, right outside of the city in Las Vegas, Nevada. It’s called Seven Magic Mountains, and it’s the perfect place to pull over, stretch your legs, and look at something cool when you’re driving through the desert.
Seven Magic Mountains is actually not exactly a landmark, but a public art installation created by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone, in partnership with Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art. It is a two year long project, so it will be taken down in May 2018. It’s definitely worth a stop if you’re visiting Las Vegas any time soon!
Finding it is relatively easy. You can see it from I-15 when you’re driving by, but you’ll want to exit before that point, in a town called Jean. There are signs that point you in the right direction, but basically, you’ll get off at the exit, make a right, and then pass the casino and make a left on Las Vegas Blvd. It’ll be on your right a few miles down the road! I measured the distance with my GPS and it was a little over 5 miles from the casino.
There’s a small dirt parking lot, and from there you just take a short walk through the desert. There are signs posted around warning you to be careful where you step. Rattlesnakes live here! Although they will most likely be hiding because of all the people walking back and forth, it’s important to watch out just incase.
You can’t really get an idea of how massive these towers are until you get right up to them. From the road they don’t look that impressive, but when you’re standing next to one…wow. For a size comparison, I made my 60-inch-tall 10-year-old stand next to one of the towers.
Seven Magic Mountains is one of the largest land-based art installations completed in 40 years. From the very beginning planning stages, it took almost four years to complete this project. And two years later, it will be gone, so we definitely suggest adding this travel stop to your next trip.
Tips for this Travel Stop:
- Bring lots of water. It was 108*F when we visited. Although it’s a short walk from the parking lot, you can get overheated very quickly in the desert.
- Take care in the sun. There’s no shady spots to hang out really, and the sun can be pretty brutal. Make sure you wear sunscreen or protective clothing if you plan on spending more than a few minutes there.
- This is a wildlife area. As mentioned above, watch out for snakes, bugs, and even desert tortoises. Do not bother the wildlife, and the wildlife won’t bother you.
- It’s dusty! I got a little dirt in my eye at one point because it was so windy while we were there. Take care not to bring any electronics that might get ruined, and wear sunglasses to help keep dirt out of your eyes when it’s windy.
- There are no bathrooms here. If you’re exit at Jean, you can use the bathroom at the Gold Strike Casino. (There’s a free movie car exhibit inside, so you can take a few minutes and check that out too, and they sell soft serve ice cream cones for 50 cents each if you need a treat.) Alternatively, if you’re coming from Las Vegas, the Arco gas station at the M Casino and hotel on St. Rose Pkwy has bathrooms you can use.
- Clean up after yourself. You can throw your trash away in the parking lot area, but there are no trash cans near the exhibit. Please respect the area and bring all of your trash back with you.
- Take lots of photos! Personally photography is allowed and encouraged. They even have an instagram photo contest going on until May 2017. Commercial photography is not allowed.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t take a family selfie! This one came out totally perfect…
But most of all, enjoy the beauty and wonder, and have a great time!