Blue Diamond is a quaint rural community just to the southwest of Las Vegas, Nevada. Once called Cottonwood Springs, the village's name was changed when the Blue Diamond Company purchased the nearby gypsum mine in which many residents worked. With less than 1,000 residents, this former stop along the Old Spanish Trail trade route is a peaceful getaway for anyone needing a breather from the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas Strip. Book one of the resorts in Blue Diamond and explore the natural splendor of the nearby parks and the village's fascinating local history.
Once you land at McCarran International Airport in nearby Las Vegas, you'll have two options for transportation to Blue Diamond. There are no public transit routes, but your destination is just 19 miles west and it's quite easy to get there by car. Hire a cab at the curb outside arrivals, or ride the complimentary shuttle to the nearby rental car center to get your own set of wheels. However you get there, note that it is helpful to have car rentals in Blue Diamond, as you'll likely want to access the region's many stunning parks. Once you arrive, check into one of the hotels in Blue Diamond and head over to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, where the Sandstone Ranch has been beautifully preserved. Between May and September, the Super Summer Theatre program hosts shows and cultural events here in the park. Get back in the car and head over to nearby Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, and drive the 13-mile scenic loop past its striking red geological formations or do a little hiking or rock climbing. And don't forget nearby Las Vegas! If you'd like to make a side-trip for some gambling, never fear: You can book cheap hotels in Las Vegas to offset any potential losses.
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