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Interpretive Las Vegas Geology Adventure

Las Vegas, United States

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Experience hosted by Eugen

4 hours
Includes food, drinks, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, Romanian

What you'll do

This little-known ~5-mile hike is special because we will be trotting through time observing mesmerizing rock formations. These rocks give us guiding clues of how the landscape has changed and developed.

We start our hike by exploring what used to be the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. We then discover fossils that lived ~500 million years ago in the Bonanza King Formation. As we hike the hills, we also time travel towards the present. Suddenly, the entire landscape changes and we enter the Rainbow Mt. Wilderness. These Jurassic rocks (~200 million years old) will capture your attention with fascinating rainbow colors and erosion patterns. Dinosaurs used to roam the area and while rare, it is not impossible to discover fossilized footprints. Here there will be plenty of fun opportunities for all levels of rock scrambling and climbing. Those who appreciate the quiet will have ample time for peaceful mediation. You will also be rewarded with 360º views of Las Vegas and all surrounding mts. Of course, photography will be jaw-dropping and diverse (+ a mind-blowing sunset).

We will fine-tune your observational skills and ensure your complex understanding and appreciation of the environment. We will finish feeling accomplished physically and mentally stimulated. Lastly, I'll provide access to resources of local hikes, scientific information, and interpretive photos from our journey.
This little-known ~5-mile hike is special because we will be trotting through time observing mesmerizing rock formations. These rocks give us guiding clues of how the landscape has changed and developed.

We start our hike by exploring what used to be the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. We then discover fossils that lived ~500 million years ago in the Bonanza King Formation. As we hike the hills, we also time travel towards the present. S…

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What's included

  • Food
    Healthy snacks will be provided, please let me know if you have any allergi...
  • Drinks
    Water will be provided but please bring a reusable water bottle to help red...
  • Equipment
    I will provide a fantastic pair of binoculars that will allow us to see fro...
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Meet your host, Eugen

Host on Airbnb since 2017
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Eugen will teach you how to piece together the different spheres of the earth from a multidisciplinary context, including Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Geomorphology, and Plate Tectonics. My goal is to incorporate the guests into the activity and guide our understanding via observations of our surroundings and strategic use of our problem solving skills. As an experienced Earth and Oceanographic scientist (both in lab and field), lifetime hiker, and devoted Las Vegas local, I will help you see a marvelous side of Vegas most will never get to experience. I can share and communicate with you in English, Spanish, Romanian, and some Italian.
Eugen will teach you how to piece together the different spheres of the earth from a multidisciplinary context, including Oceanography, Biogeochemistry, Geomorphology, and Plate Tectonics. My goal is to incorporate the guests into the activity and guide our understanding via observations of our surroundings and strategic use of our problem solving skills. As an experienced Earth and Oceanographic scientist (both in lab and field), lifetime hiker, and devoted Las Vegas local, I will help you see…
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Where you'll be

We will meet at the easy-to-reach Mt. Springs Trailhead, close to the city. This trailhead is located between the grand and layered Potosi Mt. on the left and the colorful Rainbow Mts. on the right. On the main road you will be instructed by your GPS to turn right into the well-maintained parking lot. This trailhead splits off into many roads, allowing you to explore hundreds of wilderness acres. We will park and partition supplies for the day.

2 reviews

Christopher
January 2021
Eugen is an incredible host! Not only was I mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery and gorgeous landscape, I was extremely impressed with how knowledgeable and personable Eugen was. It was an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. And being on top of a mountain...definitely feels like you’re on top of the world! It’s an otherworldly experience that will make you appreciate every bit of your surroundings. Go climb a mountain with Eugen...you won’t regret it!
Eugen is an incredible host! Not only was I mesmerized by the breathtaking scenery and gorgeous landscape, I was extremely impressed with how knowledgeable and personable Eugen was…
Alberto
January 2021
This experience was amazing and eye opening! The trails we took were very scenic and felt almost as a step back in time. Eugen is an amazing guide and is very knowledgeable about the trails and the science behind mountain formations, rocks, etc.
This experience was amazing and eye opening! The trails we took were very scenic and felt almost as a step back in time. Eugen is an amazing guide and is very knowledgeable about t…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 5 and up can attend.

What to bring

Water bottle (with water, make sure to drink beforehand and always stay hydrated)

Any extra food you'd like besides the provided snacks