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Jun

Las Vegas Valley of Fire

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Valley of Fire Weddings in Las Vegas, Nevada

The best destination wedding location in all of Nevada is the Las Vegas Valley of Fire (Valley of Fire State Park).  Valley of Fire weddings are the perfect choice for any couple wanting their special day to take place in one of the most scenic locations in the world.

Valley of Fire formed more than 150 million years ago and has dark red rock formations, including natural arches, natural windows in the rock, and towering spires.   Valley of Fire provides the most magnificent backdrop for your Las Vegas wedding.

Valley of Fire is a photographer’s dream, especially a wedding photographer who is lucky enough to shoot wedding photos in this beautiful setting.  Valley of Fire is beautiful anytime of day, but it the perfect setting for stunning sunset wedding photos.

Valley of Fire is an easy one-hour drive from the greater Las Vegas area.  Wedding parties may choose to drive themselves or book some other form of transportation.

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18

Jan

Valley of Fire

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Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire is one of the most scenic and beautiful places in the whole state of Nevada. Visitors from out of town and even local Las Vegans sometimes don’t realize what they are missing if they don’t visit Valley of Fire State Park. Valley of Fire is located 58 miles from Las Vegas, but it is really easy to get there and really worth the drive.

Scenic Las Vegas Weddings offers Valley of Fire weddings and photo tours. We can do a full Valley of Fire Wedding, a wedding photo tour, an engagement photo tour, or a family photo tour. Any of these options will give you memories and fantastic photos to last a lifetime!

Valley of Fire Weddings

You will meet your Wedding Officiant and photographer upon arrival at Valley of Fire. Your Wedding Officiant and photographer will assist you in getting prepared for your Valley of Fire wedding ceremony. Once we have you all set, we will perform your wedding. During your wedding ceremony, your wedding photographer will be taking candid shots. If you have opted to have a video DVD of your wedding ceremony, the photographer will also have the video camera recording during your wedding ceremony.

After your wedding ceremony, your Wedding Officiant will work on completing your paperwork. While the paperwork is being completed, your wedding photographer will take your group shots with your wedding guests (if you have wedding guests). After the completion of your group photos, your photographer will walk bride and groom only around your wedding area to take additional photographs. Before you depart Valley of Fire, your Wedding Officiant will give you your keepsake copy of your Marriage Certificate.

Daytime Valley of Fire Wedding Package 1 $599.00

  • Las Vegas Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
  • Professional Las Vegas Wedding Photographer – minimum of 50 high resolutions photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Witness (if needed)
  • Approximately 45-60 minutes at Valley of Fire
  • Includes all wedding permit and park entrance fees

Daytime Valley of Fire Wedding Package 2 $699.00

  • Las Vegas Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
  • Professional Las Vegas Wedding Photographer – minimum of 100 high resolution photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Witness (if needed)
  • 1 to 1¼ hours at Valley of Fire
  • Includes all wedding permit and park entrance fees

Sunset Valley of Fire Wedding Package 3 $899.00 (our most popular scenic choice)

  • Las Vegas Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
  • Professional Las Vegas Wedding Photographer – minimum of 150 high resolutions photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Witness (if needed)
  • Approximately 1-1½ hours at Valley of Fire
  • Includes all wedding permit and park entrance fees

Sunset Valley of Fire Las Vegas Overlook Wedding Package 4 $999.00

  • Wedding ceremony at Valley of Fire with additional photos at the Las Vegas Overlook
  • Las Vegas Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
  • Professional Las Vegas Wedding Photographer – minimum of 150 high resolution photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Witness (if needed)
  • Approximately 1-1½ hours at Valley of Fire 20 minutes at the Las Vegas Overlook
  • Includes all wedding permit and park entrance fees

Valley of Fire Photo Tour Packages

You will meet your wedding photographer at the main entrance to Valley of Fire. You will follow your photographer to the various photo tour locations in Valley of Fire.

Valley of Fire Package 1 Photo Tour

  • 1-hour photo tour – $499.00
  • Professional Photographer – minimum of 50 high resolutions photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Includes photography permit and park entrance fees

Valley of Fire Package 2 Photo Tour

  • 1 ½ hour photo tour – $749.00
  • Professional Photographer – minimum of 100 high resolutions photos on photo DVD with all photo rights
  • Includes photography permit and park entrance fees

Valley of Fire Wedding-Minister Only $449.00

  • Wedding Officiant – includes religious or civil ceremony
  • Includes all Valley of Fire wedding permits and park entrance fees

Important Information About Your Valley of Fire Wedding or Photo Shoot

  • For photo tour within 2 hours of sunset, a package 2 must be booked
  • Maximum of 100 guests
  • For more than 20 guests, add $100 to any package
  • For more than 45 guests, add $200 to any package
  • All Valley of Fire weddings and photo shoots must be booked at least 5 days in advance in order for us to obtain the proper permits
  • There is no wedding ceremony seating for your guests; there are picnic tables that guests can sit at after the ceremony and group photos
  • Guests are allowed to take photos during the wedding ceremony as long as they stay in one place

Additional Options for Your Valley of Fire Wedding or Photo Shoot

  • iPod or iPhone music played for a wedding processional (traditional or your own) – FREE upon advance request
  • DVD video of Wedding Ceremony – $50.00
  • Photos in RAW on DVD – $100.00 (you will receive all photos in RAW .jpeg files)
  • Add Las Vegas Strip Photography after your Valley of Fire Wedding
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08

Jan

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers

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Las Vegas Wedding Photographers

Las Vegas Wedding Photographers are not all created equal! Unfortunately, here in Las Vegas there are quite a few people calling themselves “professional Las Vegas Wedding Photographers” and they really are not. They may be making a living as a photographer, but they may do no better than having your grandma or best friend take wedding photos for you.

When selecting a Las Vegas Wedding Photographer or a Las Vegas Wedding company, make sure you know whom the person is who will be taking the most important photographs of your whole life! Ask to see an extensive portfolio of photos taken by that individual. Anyone can get lucky with a couple of good photos, but you should see consistently good photos, not just a handful. Does their portfolio include photos of wedding couples with cut off the ankles, the knees, or the waist? Do you see photos with something growing out of their heads (the Eiffel Tower for example)? Are their subjects centered in every photo? Are the photos overexposed (too bright) or underexposed (too dark)? The answer to all of the above questions should be NO!

We are professional Las Vegas Wedding photographers with professional equipment. We do not just call ourselves professionals and all of the best equipment in the world does not make great photographs. On our website, you will see that we have taken photos for thousands of couples! You can see additional photo galleries on each of our package pages. You can read the testimonials on our website and you can also see our reviews on weddingwire.com, facebook, Google places, etc…

There is not one Las Vegas wedding company or Las Vegas wedding photographer that is the right fit for every couple and we understand this. We just want all couples to make informed decisions when choosing the company or photographer for their special day because it is not something you can “do over” and all you have to take home with you are your memories and hopefully a lot of fantastic photographs!

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02

Jan

Outdoor Las Vegas Weddings

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Outdoor Las Vegas Weddings

Outdoor Las Vegas Weddings are our specialty! We have a variety of wonderful Las Vegas outdoor wedding locations to offer to our couples. You can have a garden gazebo wedding, a lakeside wedding, a wedding right on the famous Las Vegas Strip, a Red Rock Canyon Wedding, a Valley of Fire Wedding, or a Grand Canyon Wedding. There are so many great outdoor wedding locations and we can help you choose which Las Vegas outdoor wedding is right for you.

Affordable Valley of Fire Wedding Packages

We offer very affordable Valley of Fire weddings starting at $699. Valley of Fire is by far our most requested outdoor Las Vegas wedding location. With the beautiful red rocks, the desert landscape, and some of the best sunsets in the greater Las Vegas area, Valley of Fire is always an excellent choice for your outdoor wedding. If stunning wedding photographs are important to you, this is a great choice.

Las Vegas Garden Gazebo Weddings

Our beautiful and romantic Garden Gazebo offers a very elegant setting for your Las Vegas outdoor destination wedding. During the spring and early summer, the Garden Gazebo is in bloom with dozens of red and white roses. During the fall and winter, bright orange and red berries make a magnificent backdrop for an outside Las Vegas Wedding.

Mount Charleston Wedding Packages

Mt. Charleston is really hard to beat for a summer outdoor Las Vegas wedding venue. Temperatures are about 20-30 degrees cooler than in the Las Vegas Valley. Also with the beautiful mountain backdrop and the forest made up of Aspen and Pine trees, it is an awesome outdoor wedding location.

Lakeside Weddings in Las Vegas

A wonderful choice for an outdoor wedding venue in Las Vegas is our lakeside wedding location. You can have your Las Vegas wedding ceremony right next to the beautiful lake. Our lakeside wedding location is a great choice year round. It is also one of our most affordable destination wedding locations.

Lake Mead Weddings

Another great lakeside option for your outdoor Las Vegas Wedding is Lake Mead. Your Lake Mead wedding ceremony takes place on edge of a cliff (but not too close) overlooking beautiful Lake Mead. You can also choose to have additional wedding photos taken at the famous Hoover Dam.

Nelson Ghost Town

For a unique destination wedding location, Nelson Ghost Town is the perfect choice for your outdoor Las Vegas Wedding. We have just started offering Nelson Ghost Town weddings and it is definitely a wedding location like nowhere else! If you are up for a Las Vegas adventure wedding, this is just perfect for you. There are such a great variety of backdrops from old cars and trucks to movie set memorabilia, that the photo opportunities are endless.

Weddings at Lake Las Vegas

Another great outdoor wedding venue in Las Vegas is Lake Las Vegas. Our Lake Las Vegas wedding packages include Las Vegas Wedding Officiant and Las Vegas Wedding Photographer. We can assist you in booking your Lake Las Vegas Wedding on a gondola, on a yacht, or at a Lake Las Vegas Resort.

Grand Canyon Weddings

Another adventure wedding in Las Vegas is getting married at the Grand Canyon. This outdoor wedding begins with a helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon. You are married on a plateau overlooking the Colorado River and have incredible scenery surrounding you for your wedding photographs.

Red Rock Canyon Weddings

Red Rock Canyon makes a stunning setting for your outdoor Las Vegas wedding. Red Rock Canyon is located about 30 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip and is a “must see” for any trip to Las Vegas. Weddings at Red Rock Canyon are definitely a Las Vegas favorite for outdoor weddings.

Custom Las Vegas Outdoor Weddings

We can also provide photography and/or Wedding Officiant for your custom Las Vegas Wedding. If you have a golf course, backyard, or any other outdoor Las Vegas wedding venue in mind for your special day, contact us for a custom quote.

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02

Jan

Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Weddings

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Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Weddings

What better way to ring in the New Year, than to have your Las Vegas Strip Wedding at midnight at the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign with fireworks erupting in the background as you are being pronounced husband and wife? Every New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas, Scenic Las Vegas Weddings offers this package to one lucky couple!

This New Year’s 2011-12 was dubbed “America’s Party: Las Vegas New Year 2012″ and included a spectacular fireworks show, fired from the roofs of the Tropicana, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island (TI), The Venetian, and the Stratosphere. A total of over 56,000 explosions lasted more than 8 minutes.

New Year’s eve is a great time to be in Vegas. Ring out the old and ring in the new, the Las Vegas way. New Year’s eve in Las Vegas is always packed on the Vegas strip and this year was not exception. The 2011 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebrations drew over 314,000 visitors to Las Vegas! The entire 4 miles of the Vegas strip closes down to vehicles for one night each year and the celebration begins!

On New Year’s Even in Las Vegas, the Vegas Strip becomes a giant pedestrian mall and everyone parties outside till midnight. Tens of thousands of visitors walk the Vegas strip decked out in silly hats, noisemakers and holiday cheer.

New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas 2012-2013

We recommend that you book your hotel early. Hotel rooms sell out early and prices can soar for the holiday, so make sure to book your room as soon as possible to get the best prices and your first choice of accommodations. With all of the star-studded parties, fireworks and headliner concerts, there’s nowhere else on earth quite like Las Vegas to ring in the New Year and everyone knows it.

If you decide to stay on the Strip, the best ways to get around on New Year’s Eve are by taxi, walking, or using the Las Vegas Monorail. If you have a car and want to park in a hotel garage, you might want to choose one that’s near one of the ends of the Strip rather than in the middle. It’ll be easier to get out once you decide you’ve had enough and want to head back to your hotel. Mandalay Bay is a great place to stay for your Las Vegas New Year’s Eve wedding. You can walk to the Las Vegas Sign in about 10 minutes.

If you are interested in being our lucky 2012-2013 Las Vegas New Year’s Eve couple, please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your wedding! See our Las Vegas Weddings Specials page for details.

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30

Dec

Affordable Las Vegas Wedding Packages

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Affordable Las Vegas Wedding Packages

We offer very affordable options for your Las Vegas Wedding. You don’t have to do a cheesy chapel wedding to stay within budget! ALL of our affordable Las Vegas Wedding packages include: Wedding Officiant, professional photographer, ALL photos taken on DVD with all photo rights given to you. Our Garden Gazebo, Chapel, Las Vegas Strip, and Lakeside wedding packages start at $299. You can do a Valley of Fire, Lake Mead, or Nelson Ghost Town wedding with us for $599.

When you book an affordable Las Vegas Wedding package, you need to be careful about what you have actually purchased when you book your seemingly “affordable” Las Vegas Wedding Package. Are the minister fees included? How many photos do you get? Do you get photo rights? Have you seen YOUR photographer’s portfolio? Are there chapel fees? If permits are required, are they included?

We recently did a little research on the other wedding companies in town and we found that some Las Vegas Wedding chapels advertise wedding packages starting at between $199 and $299, but they only include between 4-12 photos and then you are allowed to purchase additional photos (but no prices were listed).

For affordable Valley of Fire Weddings, we found that you could get a package with another company for $997 and it would only include photos taken during the actual ceremony. At another company, for $1200, you are given 12 photos.

When your wedding day is over, you only have your photos (and video if you have video) to remember your Valley of Fire Wedding and do you really only want 12 photos? And not even on CD or DVD! We want all of our couples to have as many great photos as we can possibly take for you.

To be fair, some of these packages at other Las Vegas wedding companies did include limousine transportation and/or flowers. We have a limousine that we can offer to our couples at a very affordable price, but we keep our package prices lower, so you can decide what type of transportation you want. You may want to have executive security , to rent a limo party bus, an exotic car, a rental car, or you may have driven to Las Vegas in your own car. We also work with one of the best and most reasonable florists in town, so you can get exactly what you want for your Las Vegas Wedding day.

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Dec

Las Vegas Strip Weddings

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Las Vegas Strip Weddings

Las Vegas Strip Weddings are an excellent choice for your wedding ceremony and photography locations. There is so much excitement and wonderful photo opportunities on the famous Las Vegas Strip! In the Central Las Vegas Strip area, you will find the Paris Las Vegas, the Bellagio Hotel, and Caesar’s Palace. All of these fabulous properties provide beautiful backdrops for Las Vegas Wedding Photography.

Paris Las Vegas-Central Las Vegas Strip

Rising 460 feet above the center of the Las Vegas Strip is the Eiffel Tower. A signature of the Las Vegas skyline, the replica Eiffel Tower at Paris Las Vegas is a half-scale exact reproduction of one of Europe’s most famous landmarks. The Eiffel Tower is a “must have” for your memorable Las Vegas Strip Photos! The Eiffel Tower is best photographed from across the street at the Bellagio Hotel, but close-up photos of the Eiffel Tower are pretty awesome as well.

Paris Las Vegas is also home to The Arc de Triomphe. It is recognized as a symbol of Parisian pomp and elegance around the globe. The Arc de Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas is a two-thirds replica of the original monument to the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Austerlitz. The names and dates of Napoleon’s victories are inscribed on the replica. Having photographs in front of the Arc de Triomphe is very romantic and exciting.

The Bellagio-Central Las Vegas Strip

The world famous Fountains of Bellagio are another “must see” on the Las Vegas Strip. Take in a complimentary Las Vegas show of water, music and light thoughtfully interwoven to mesmerize its admirers. All for your amusement, the most ambitious, choreographically complex water feature ever conceived amazes against the beautiful backdrop of Las Vegas’ lavender sky. Each dynamic performance from the Fountains collection is unique in its expression and interpretation. Fall in love with the stunning nature of this unprecedented aquatic accomplishment while relishing a clever concert of opera, classical and Broadway tunes. This is our most requested location for Las Vegas Strip photography and should not be missed!

Caesars Palace-Central Las Vegas Strip

The grandest of Las Vegas Hotels, Caesars Palace, is famous worldwide for its magnificent beauty and amazing Roman Architecture. Just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip continues to reinvent itself and redefine luxury. Built in 1966, the hotel-casino never falls behind the times and instead raises the bar for what visitors can expect when they travel to Las Vegas. This majestic Las Vegas hotel offers a 129,000 square foot casino, 26 restaurants and cafes, sprawling gardens and pools, a world-class spa, and the renowned Colosseum spotlighting world-class stars. The Roman columns and other architectural features make stunning backgrounds for your Las Vegas Strip photography!

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22

Dec

Lakeside Weddings in Las Vegas

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Lakeside Weddings in Las Vegas

History of Lakeside at Tule Springs (Floyd Lamb Park)

Eons ago Tule Springs was much cooler and wetter than it is today. During that prehistoric time, large mammals lived in the canons and lush valleys of the area. These animals included mammoths, bison, horse camels, giant sloths, and others. Tule Springs is well known in the scientific work as one of the best fossil sites in the world.

Tule Springs passed from an occasional campsite for nomadic hunters of prehistory to an early 1900s ranch and stage stop. In the 1940s, it morphed into a livestock operation and dude ranch catering to folks seeking six-week Nevada residency for fast divorces. Guests waited out the weeks at Tule Springs Ranch in comfortable rural surroundings with amenities like horseback riding, tennis, swimming and fishing in a reservoir.

Modern Lakeside at Tule Springs

Tule Springs is truly a 2,040-acre oasis in the middle of the Mojave Desert! Tule Springs contains a series of 4 small lakes: Tule Springs Lake, Mulberry Lake, Cottonwood Lake, and Desert Willow Lake. Tule Springs is located approximately 15 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

Many people visit this park to picnic, hike, fish, bicycle, and horseback ride and enjoy birds and other wildlife. The site attracts visitors seeking greenery, shade and water. Visitors arrive today in greater numbers, totaling 200,000 a year.

Lakeside Weddings in Las Vegas

In more recent years, Lakeside at Tule Springs has become a local favorite for Las Vegas weddings, Las Vegas wedding photography, and engagement sessions. With its 4 lakes, abundance of shade trees, historic buildings, and wildlife, it is the perfect setting for Las Vegas Weddings and Photography.

Scenic Las Vegas Weddings has performed more weddings Lakeside at Tule Springs than any other wedding company in Las Vegas. Tule Springs is a great choice for outdoor Las Vegas weddings and photography sessions any time of the year. Contact us today to reserve your Lakeside Wedding or photo shoot!

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Lakeside Weddings at Tule Springs

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18

Dec

Valley of Fire Weddings

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Valley of Fire Weddings

Valley of Fire History

Valley of Fire is Nevada’s oldest state park and was dedicated in 1935. It is located approximately 50 miles northeast of Las Vegas in the Mojave Desert. It is adjacent to Lake Mead National Recreation Area and varies in elevation from 2,000 to 2,600 feet.

The park, which covers an area of almost 36,000 acres, gets its name from its fiery red sandstone. The formations are the result of fossilized sandstone and sand dunes that formed more than 150 million years ago. The area offers some of the Southwest’s most amazing scenery with vivid colors splashed on some of the oldest natural rock formations known to mankind.

The first inhabitants of the Valley of Fire are thought to have migrated to the region about 300 B.C. Ancient Native American tribes survived on a vegetarian diet and ate all kinds of cactus and plants including yucca, mesquite tree, prickly pear and beaver tail. Eventually, other native tribes learned to plant corn and beans and hunt animals like rabbit, sheep and antelope.

Valley of Fire Climate

Winters are mild with temperatures ranging from freezing to 75 degrees F. Daily summer highs usually exceed 100 degrees, and may reach 115 degrees. Summer temperatures usually do not vary widely from day to night. Average annual rainfall is four inches, coming in the form of light winter showers and summer thunderstorms. Valley of Fire is a great destination year round.

Valley of Fire Wildlife

There are many animals that live in Valley of Fire, including; kangaroo rats, kit foxes, coyotes, bighorn sheep, and ground squirrels are just a few of the animals that inhabit the area.

Valley of Fire Today

Now the state park is primarily a tourist destination with 300,000 visitors per year. Movie stars have also been known to visit this popular park. Because of its stunning scenery, movies such as “Total Recall,” “Transformers,” “10,000 B.C.”, “Star Trek Generations,” “Domino,” and “Planet of the Apes” include scenes filmed at the Valley of Fire.

Valley of Fire Weddings

Valley of Fire has become one of the most requested scenic locations for weddings in the greater Las Vegas area. With the stunning red rocks and the fantastic sunsets, Valley of Fire is hard to beat for unbelievable photos! When you book a Valley of Fire Wedding Package 4, you will also have photos taken at the Scenic Overlook shown below.

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Scenic Overlook for Valley of Fire Weddings

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18

Dec

Nelson Ghost Town Weddings and Photo Shoots in Las Vegas

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History of Nelson, Nevada

Nelson is on the Nevada side of the Colorado River in Eldorado Canyon, about 25 miles from Boulder City, Nevada. The area surrounding Nelson, Nevada and Eldorado Canyon was first home to ancient Indian tribes. After living peacefully for hundred of years, the Indians were intruded upon in 1775 by the Spaniards in their quest for gold. The Spaniards founded a small settlement next to the Colorado River and named it Eldorado. However, these early Spaniards missed the rich gold veins just beneath the canyon’s flanks, finding silver instead. They soon found that the silver was not in high enough quantities to justify their operations and they left the area.

Seventy-five years later, in the 1850s, prospectors began sluicing the many streams feeding into the Colorado River. One of the biggest mining booms in state history occurred near here, in the Eldorado Canyon. Silver and Gold were discovered in the area around 1859. The Techatticup became the most successful mine in the area, with millions of dollars in gold, silver, copper and lead mined throughout the years.

The Techatticup Mine, along with dozens of other mines in the area gave way to a number of settlements including Nelson and Eldorado at the edge of the Colorado River. In its heyday, the area established a reputation for being rough and lawless. During the Civil War, deserters from both sides of the war would end up in Nelson, hoping that military authorities would be unable to find them.

Modern Nelson Ghost Town and Nelson’s Landing

Nelson’s Landing, about five miles west in Eldorado Canyon, is famous for washing into Lake Mohave in 1974 after a strong downpour in the surrounding mountains sent the runoff down the channels and produced a flash flood. The entire landing and village was destroyed and nine people died when the flood came through the wash. The wall of water and debris was reported as about 40 feet high as it reached the river.

Much of Nelson, which was not impacted by the 1974 flood, remains today and is located way up the wash, away from the flood channels. The sparsely populated community consists mainly of privately owned ranch houses, and a river and mining tour business housed in a former Texaco gas station that has been used as a filming location for several feature films. Parts of the 2001 film 3000 Miles to Graceland starring Kevin Costner, Kurt Russell, and Courtney Cox were filmed in Nelson. The buildings were used for the film in the scene where the Lucky Strike gas station blows up (props from the movie can be seen in a barn on the grounds).

Nelson has a couple old barns, a saloon, gas pumps, old rusted-out vehicles, a water pump and even the remains of a plane crash from 3000 Miles to Graceland. Inside the main building you’ll be able to see a lot of artifacts from the area and dozens of photos of all the movie stars that have filmed movies in the area.

Nelson Ghost Town Weddings and Engagement Photography

Nelson Ghost Town is now one of the most popular places near Las Vegas to shoot engagement photos, family photos, and of course wedding photos. All of the fantastic props that are leftover from the movies, the old cars, and the ancient buildings, make great backgrounds for wedding and engagement photography. The local owners of the buildings and mine allow photographers on their property for a small fee. Book your Nelson wedding or photo shoot and let us help you make some memories to last a lifetime!

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