E-PEDALING RED ROCK
Discover Red Rock like you never have before — hop on an electric bike and glide your way around the area’s 13-mile loop. Take in one of Nevada’s most splendid natural wonders using the force of your own legs or just let your Energie bike carry you along this three-hour sightseeing tour. Stop along the way to check out Indian pictographs, see the season’s most colorful cacti in bloom, and learn about the quirks of Red Rock history.
TEEPEES IN TECOPA
In the daytime, your view encompasses rows of magnificent date palm trees nestled in the Armargosa Valley and at night you will take in the twinkling desert sky. The beautiful vistas from the teepees at Discover Cynthia’s won’t be the only highlight of your stay on the China Ranch Date Farm. You can hike to a waterfall or visit the ranch’s bakery for a taste of delicious date delicacies from bars to muffins, but the milkshakes are heaven on earth.
Relish Mother Earth’s bounty, reserve your spot at a fresh-off-the-farm dine-around on April 22 at Border Grill as part of the restaurant’s patio series at its Mandalay Bay location. Executive Chef Jamaal Taherzadeh is bringing a Farmers’ Market vibe to the evening’s diners who can expect dishes created from locally grown, sustainable ingredients. At the end of the night, diners will leave with their own bag of “groceries” so they can try cooking the fresh produce at home.
Purchase tickets at the restaurant or bordergrill.com
NEW LIFE IS BUDDING AT DEATH VALLEY Background photo courtesy of Laura, DesertUSA blog
Thanks to the weather phenomenon El Niño, which includes warmer-than-average temperatures over the western U.S., Death Valley could possibly enjoy a super-bloom this year. With 2005 being the last time one occurred at the 3.4-million-acre national park, it’s not to be missed. Park employees already report a flush of desert gold but other varieties have popped up that include golden evening primrose, purple notch-leaf phacelia, and brown-eyed evening primrose.
Wildflower updates can be found at www.nps.gov/deva/learn/nature/wildflower-update-2016.htm
THE ART OF CANNA-MASSAGE
Canna-massage, which was pioneered in Denver, has made its way to Las Vegas. Ilan Massage Studio is now offering canna-massages using CBD for Life body massage lotion infused with cannabidiol (CBD) in its Releaf Session. The massage treatment is recommended for anybody suffering with everyday pain as a result of their occupation or athletic pursuits as well as those with chronic pain and disease. Clients can choose from a 50- or 80-minute full body massage, scalp massage or foot massage.
It’s primetime for butterflies in the desert. And one of the best places to see them up close in all of their vivid finery is at the Springs Preserve’s Butterfly Habitat, which is home to North American and exotic butterflies. Butterfly lovers can wander among the 2,000-square-foot habitat’s springtime residents and not only study their spectacular markings, but also learn about the plants that sustain them. The seasonal habitat is open until May 30.
SALT OF THE EARTH
Allergy sufferers who can’t enjoy Mother Nature the old-fashioned way this Earth Day can immerse themselves in a Halo-Yoga class or a Halo-Meditation session at the Salt Room. The classes are taught in a salt-infused chamber lined with peach-colored Himalayan salt bricks illuminated from behind. Known to help with respiratory ailments such as allergies, asthma, bronchitis and COPD, salt-laden air wafts in through vents and works as an anti-inflammatory to ease respiratory illnesses.