Summerlin: A Gem in Las Vegas

 

Located a short 10-mile drive west of the Strip, on the western rim of the Las Vegas Valley lies Summerlin. It is a 22,000 acre, affluent area of Las Vegas with some of the best parks, hotels, restaurants, and shopping in Las Vegas.

The ever eco-conscious planners of Summerlin have made many decisions designed to protect fragile ecologies near Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountains. This dedication to conservation has made Summerlin one of the Nevada’s most environmental communities.

Fun for the Whole Family

The excitement of gambling is not lost in Summerlin, as it has one of the largest and newest casinos in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Casino and Resort is a local and visitor favorite. It is located on 70 acres in the heart of Downtown Summerlin, and includes slot machines, table games, a 16-screen movie theater, a bowling alley, and 16 restaurants and bars. A three-acre pool area is perfect for cooling off on those hot Las Vegas days.

Red Rock Canyon offers enticements, including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, and road biking. More leisurely activities include picnic areas, and a nature observation and visitor center.

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Shopping and Entertainment

Downtown Summerlin offers great shopping with one of the biggest malls in Las Vegas, a Howard Hughes development, where you can shop, eat, and catch a movie. In addition, save some money by staying off the Strip at one of the many hotels in Summerlin, including the Best Western Plus Las Vegas West, which offers low rates, complimentary Wi-Fi, and breakfast.

With shopping and entertainment, there are over 22 parks in the area to keep you active, fit, and the kids entertained. The Summerlin Trail System is currently more than 150 miles long, and connects neighborhoods to various amenities throughout the community. For those who love to golf, Summerlin boasts numerous courses, including Nevada’s only two PGA certified Tour Players Championship courses.

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One of the Best Cities to Reside

In 2002, Money magazine ranked Las Vegas as one of America’s top ten cities to live, citing Summerlin as the valley’s “chief community.” In 2014, Summerlin once again received a shout out from Money in its annual “Best Places to Live in America” issue.

A $50 million water park is the newest perk to living in Summerlin. The water park, which is open to the public, features more than 25 slides and attractions, including a lazy river, children’s play area, half-pipes and slides, and Red Rock Bay wave pool. It offers three-foot-high swells, as well as shallow rolling waves for adventuresome bodysurfers, or pool loungers just looking to relax.

Adjacent to Wet ‘n’ Wild is a nine-acre public park, and a site for a future aquatic center, which Clark County and The Howard Hughes Corporation is planning to build.

For its visitors and active residents, the city offers monthly festivals, live music events, parades, and weekly farmer’s markets. Visiting Summerlin is a must when planning your next trip.

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