Give your family a taste of the West! A short drive from the city, this ranch is a miniature replica of the old days, when ... More
Bonnie Springs Ranch Old Nevada
Give your family a taste of the West! A short drive from the city, this ranch is a miniature replica of the old days, when much of the country was a cowboy's domain. Built in 1843, as a wagon stop, this pretty, almost desert-like foothill town, with its wooden boards, tumbleweeds, stagecoaches and saloons will transport most locals back into history. A weekend here will be filled with activities, such as horseback riding, miniature train rides, wild animal spotting, a "posse" show, simulated street fights and melodramatic scenes complete with onlookers and stintmen. Loads of curios and souvenirs source the memorabilia section, while those who'd like to stay just a little bit longer can avail of the motel facilities.
My husband and I visit Vegas several times a year. We try to go to Bonnie Springs almost every trip. The gunfight/hanging show is a hoot. Being the outgoing person I am, I got involved with the show by having one of the "bullets". It was so much fun and if you become part of the show, they will adapt to whatever you say to them. There was another show in one of the buildings that was all men as in the old west, acting the parts of the women also. I recommend this to anyone who wants truely something different in Las Vegas. Red Rock Canyon is close by also along with a tour of Spring
Valley Ranch which was once owned by Howard Hughes. The petting zoo needs some attention at Bonnie Springs but the certainly love the animals and it's a welcome attraction to those looking for something different to do.
Went to bonniesprings last week an man what a great little old town in the middle of nowhere. They had some funny cowboy shows, the zoo was pretty cool an they had a train ride! The food was really good, I would definitely recommend to anyone!
Hopefully the $20 I paid will go towards the animals. Please don't waste your time with the "melodrama" and the "public hanging." Talk about a ghost town, I felt as if I was in the movie the Hills have eyes, and if you have ever seen it you know that is not a good thing :(
The kids were excited to go to a real wild west town, and I must admit (as a lover of history) I was intrigued. It was midweek and nothing of interest in Old Nevada was working properly or open. The mock hanging was just plain corny. The empty bar hall was open and the store was open. Some structures looked like they've been shuttered for years. Hey, the chapel was newly rebuilt, but closed. The kids were excited to ride the train, but it only operates on weekends. I've been to Bodie and Columbia in CA and they were much better and authentic to boot. Old Nevada was just a waste of time. There were no attractions. We went over to the petting zoo too. We felt bad for some of the animals. Others looked ok. Thankfully, we didn't pay a lot to go in. Bonnie Springs may have been good at one time, but that must have been decades ago.
We visited the ranch because we liked the idea of it, however having gone around it it was a dump. The place was filthy and I know it is supposed to be dusty and like olden times, but come on, everything was falling to bits. The zoo if you can call it that was absolutely disgusting. How the owner can claim to be an animal lover is beyond me. The animals are penned in small filthy enclosures and were pitiful, especially the wolves. It left us feeling very sad. If that was in the UK it would be shut down. For what they charge to get in it's a joke. It smelt awful, the animals were in bad condition etc. Really,words can't describe just how horrible it is. Now, I'm not a tree-hugger or anything like that but I have a sense of what is right and wrong in how animals are kept and this is WRONG. I wouldn't recommend the place it will just leave you feeling very very depressed because there is nothing you can do for the animals. To be honest, we felt like opening the cages and letting them out. They would have a better life trying to fend for themselves than in that place.
At Bonnie Springs you can see and explore may attractions, bu the zoo is the best. From seeing local donkeys to coyotes to horse back riding this attraction is a must. We loved the fact that the local gail who retired a while ago decided to leave the 1 dollar bill attraction at the restaurant. The dollars are a must see. The 1 hr horse back ride is worth every penny- the local cowboys shares their stories plus what happening on the local scene. Shoes are a must for riding.
Don't miss this local event. It is worth the stop!
I have been to Bonnie Springs about 45 years ago. It was great then and better now. I got to meet Bonnie, who loves all the animals, and treats them as one of the family. To look around the Ranch and Red Rock, is a must. More so for people who have not know the old west. I believe this is a great place to and get off the strip. After all you can't loose to much money and will have a great time. The burgers in the resturant are the best ever. I love Bonnie and the ranch she has put her life work into.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada was the best part of our vacation to Las Vegas! The staff and cowboys were super friendly and helpful! My children absolutely loved the train and the petting zoo! The stables had to have been my favorite part! The horses were really sweet and the wranglers knew so much information about the beautiful scenery! We saw wild burros and parts of the canyon we could have never gotten the oppertunity to experience other wise! The shows were funny and we had a wonderful time! The restaurant food was delicious and the service from our waiter was most excelent! Bonnie Springs is deffinately a place my family and i will contunially come too for a fantastic vacation we will never forget!
Was the worst place I have been too. Most buildings were closed, place was dirty. What shops that were open had a sparce display of items to sell. handicap parking was a joke, as you had to walk about 50 yards up a gravel road to gain entrance. The petting zoo was also dirty and boring. Everything is run down badly. The shows were boring at best, and the melodrama was in an non airconditioned building with no p.a. system, so it was also hard to hear the 2 actors in the drama. When we went to the rest rooms in this building, they had paintings of naked women on the walls and ceilings. Not very child friendly. Not sure how how they stay in business, expect for maybe the $20.00 fee they charge to drive into the parking lot. Would not go back even if the trip was free.
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