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Vegas For Families: Valley of Fire

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Vegas for families: Valley of Fire 
We ventured off to Valley of Fire this trip so the kids could experience it. Remember to go early if you’re like us and go in the summer!  Valley of Fire is about an hour drive with one gas station stop/casino/store. Stop there if you need gas because you won’t have another chance for gas in the valley. You should also stop there because it’s unique, gifts, bathroom, and it’s interesting. 
All of the adults had been before (a first for the kids), but this is a place you can visit numerous times and it is still amazing! There are so many things to see and different trails.  Best parts: I watched the kids climb around ( no pics of climbs because I’m mom-spotting from below every time). We found many lizards because it is still early and the kids hunted for snakes although we have a variety of feelings about finding a snake! We saw the petroglyphs again which is awesome too and elephant rock of course!  For pictures
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Walking Through History - Historic Railroad Trails

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Historic Railroad Trail

Wanting to get away from the Vegas strip, but not for too long? My suggestion is to rent a car and take a drive out to Nevada's Historic Railroad Trail. Just 30 miles from Vegas, the Historic Railroad Trail is a flat, easy walk that includes five tunnels and beautiful views of Lake Mead. 
History
I know this is not history class, so I'll keep this brief. 
As hikers, dog-walkers, visitors, and locals walk along this smooth dirt path, they will be walking through a portion of the railroad route that ran from Boulder City to the Hoover Dam from 1931 to 1961. Along the route, there are information plaques about the area so don't forget to take a minute and read these as you travel along. In addition, further historical information can be found inside the hotel/casino (where you can also park for free, use the restroom, buy water, snacks, and even gamble if you decide). 
What to Expect
This well maintained trail can become crowded as the morning becomes af…