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Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

Red Rock Campground to Close for Summer

 

Red Rock Campground will shut down for the summer following the Memorial Day holiday.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area’s developed campground is scheduled to temporarily close from May 28 to August 30.

Located approximately two miles east of the visitor center on State Route 159 (West Charleston Boulevard), Red Rock Campground is the only developed campground within the conservation area.

Other open campgrounds include:

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

Open House to Educate on Wildfire Risk

 

The Bureau of Land Management and other federal agencies are hosting a wildfire awareness day from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday at the Red Rock National Conservation Area Visitors Center.

People are invited to learn about how to be wildfire prepared. Volunteer fire stations and citizen advisory groups also have scheduled cleanups from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 18 at Mountain Springs near Highway 160 and mile marker 19, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8 on Mount Charleston on June 8.

Wildfire Awareness Week runs through May 11 this year in Nevada, but cleaning up dry debris and brush is encouraged throughout the warmest months to reduce fire-burning fuels.

Tips include:

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

Summer Fire Restrictions Go Into Place Saturday

 

The summer season brings a change in fire restrictions on Nevada’s public lands, and this season’s rules go into effect Saturday.

On May 11, the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Forest Service are implementing fire restrictions in southern Nevada, including Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Red Rock National Conservation Area.

Agencies will offer several media availability opportunities to discuss these restrictions, last year’s fire statistics and predicted forecast for this year:

Fire restrictions prohibit:

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids

City of Las Vegas Offers Summer Camps for Kids

 

Open registration starts April 11 for the City of Las Vegas' summer youth camps.

The camps are available at six area community centers and are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., starting June 10.

The camps offer age-appropriate activities, including field trips, sports, physical fitness, arts, crafts and nutrition training. All camps are supervised by trained staff.

Two community centers, Mirabelli and Veterans Memorial Leisure Services, will offer themed week-long specialty camps. For most camps, the cost is $115 per child for the week and $110 for additional children. A few camps will be higher priced.

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

RTC Bike Event Registration Opens

 

Registration recently opened for one of the most anticipated cycling events of the year, set for September 2013.

The sixth annual RTC Viva Bike Vegas, put on by the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.

The event will offer routes for all skill levels, including a 103-mile Gran Fondo, a 60-mile Metric Century, and a 17-mile ride. All routes will begin on the Strip, and the longer routes will ring the valley, taking riders into the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and near Lake Mead National Recreation Area.

“We envision making Viva Bike Vegas the ultimate one-day cycling experience on the West Coast,” said Fausto Pinarello, president of Pinarello cycling, the bicycle manufacturer and official sponsor of Viva Bike Vegas.

Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

Free Entrance at Red Rock for MLK Holiday

 

The Bureau of Land Management will honor the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday by waiving most fees at Red Rock National Conservation Area.

BLM will waive recreation-related fees January 21. Daily entrance fees normally are as follows:

  • Cars/trucks: $7
  • Pedestrians/motorcycles/bicyclists: $3

Annual passes are available for $30. The canyon features a visitor center, a 13-mile scenic driving loop, miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, road biking, picnic areas and nature-observing opportunities.

Other fees, such as overnight camping and group day use, will remain in effect.  

City of Las Vegas Offering Lifeguard Classes

City of Las Vegas Offering Lifeguard Classes

 

The city of Las Vegas is offering lifeguard training at two different pools starting in January.

The course will be offered at the Municipal Pool at 431 East Bonanza Road and at Pavilion Center Pool at 101 South Pavilion Center Drive. The training course is required for people who want to be lifeguards and the city will offer an employment opportunity to qualified graduates of the course.

Participants must be at least 15 years old and must pass a prerequisite skills test on the first day.

The skills test include: