I don’t know about y’all, but I spend quite a bit of my free time scrolling through Instagram gawking at all the pretty travel accounts. If you’re like me and do the same thing, you’ve probably seen hundreds of images of these fluorescent colored gigantic boulders plopped down in the middle of the Nevada desert.
And if you’re not like me, let me blow. your. mind.
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Written by: Stephanie
7 Magic Mountains – Las Vegas
If you’re in Nevada and looking for a short day trip from Las Vegas, the Seven Magic Mountains are for you!
The Seven Magic Mountains are like you probably guessed, seven 35-foot tall totems of boulders standing smack dab in the middle of a desert field south of Las Vegas, Nevada. This beautiful artwork is the creation of the internationally renowned Swiss artist by the name of Ugo Rondinone.
This incredible project began way back in December 2015 when the boulders were cut, cored, and stacked. A few months later they were all airbrushed in bright neon colors, and shortly after, they were opened to the public.
Originally, the exhibit was to remain on display for two years. That unfortunately meant by the end of May 2018, they would be coming down. But, fear not! This piece has been so wildly successful that they are trying to keep them there permanently. That decision hasn’t been made yet, but according to their website, they can say for certainty that they will remain on display at least until the end of the year.
Because FOMO is a real thing – get out there before they’re gone!
Interested in visiting the Seven Magic Mountains for yourself?
The exhibit is located about 15-20 minutes from the Las Vegas airport, 10 miles south of the intersection between Las Vegas Blvd and St. Rose Parkway. If you’re coming from the airport like we did you’ll want to get on I-15 S and take the Sloan road exit. Turn left onto Las Vegas Blvd and drive about 7 miles and you’ll see it up on your left.
I did find that Google Maps was able to find them by searching “Seven magic mountains”. However, the iPhone map was unable to. When you’re on I-15 you’ll start to see signs pointing you in the direction, anyway. You can’t get lost, but you’ll know you’re going the right way when you end up behind tons of other people going out to do the same thing.
This should go without saying, but as always, be respectful and clean up after yourselves. Pack out what you pack in and don’t graffiti the boulders. One of the pink ones had some stupid heart and initials on it – graffiti-ing them can result in criminal penalties. And besides that, it’s just rude for everyone else.
There is no charge for admission to view the sculptures. And be mindful that this is the desert so there are no bathrooms, places to sit, or food/water available. There is a parking lot and a path to walk on, but it is not paved. And since it is the desert, it is hot and sunny, so wear sunscreen and dress appropriately. The piece is set on public land so there are not strict visiting hours, but overnight camping is not allowed.
The best time to view the sculptures would be early morning or evening sometime during the week to avoid to hoards of people. We couldn’t work it around our schedule so we ended up visiting Sunday afternoon. Quite possibly the worst time to go, haha.
Still curious? Click here to learn more about the sculptures!
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Founder of Packing for Plenty in July 2017. Along with her husband, Pete, she is on a mission to visit most countries. And wants to take y’all along as well! On PFP Steff provides travel itineraries ranging from a weekend trip nearby to 2 weeks living abroad like a local…detailed destination specific travel tips that aren’t readily available elsewhere…and unique and interesting bucket list worthy experiences.