What do you think of when you hear “Las Vegas?” Casinos? Fancy hotels on the strip? Shows? What you may not know is that roughly 30 minutes away (in the middle of the desert) from the main strip are the Seven Magic Mountains, a group of locally sourced limestone boulders stacked into vertical totems presented by the Nevada Museum of Art and artist Ugo Rondinone in May 2016. This is one of the largest land-based art installations in the U.S. that has been completed in over forty years.
Each boulder has been spray-painted a bright, fluorescent color and the totems range between thirty and thirty-five feet tall. The totems also represent the art of meditative rock balancing and seem to defy gravity.
This was originally only scheduled to be on view for two-years but at the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management issued a three-year extension for the installation – so make sure you go visit before the end of 2021!
Directions to the Mountains:
The directions to the Seven Magic Mountains is S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89054. Once you take the exit onto Sloan Road, the installation can be seen a few miles down with a large parking area in front!
Things to know:
The Magic Mountains are in the middle of the desert so if you’re visiting during the hot, summer months – bring water! If you plan to visit during the cooler, winter months it may be a good idea to bring an extra layer as it can get a bit chilly. Parking and entry is free to this must-see attraction while visiting Las Vegas!