For meteor fanatics only - wake up early for a cool (60-70° F) viewing of the annual Perseids Meteor Shower far away from the light pollution of the Las Vegas valley. Elevation: 5000+ ft.
Unlike the past few years, the moon should not interfere with viewing. The last time I hosted this event was in 2008:
I have not been out that way for a long time so correct me if there are any relevant changes that have taken place in the area. It is also possible that I won't be able to attend but hopefully someone else can take charge (not that there is much to do.)
For those coming from the northern part of Las Vegas, take Charleston Blvd west all the way past the Red Rock Scenic Loop on Highway 159 and then all the way south until you reach Highway 160. From the H159/H160 junction, turn right and go 13.8 miles west on Highway 160 over the Spring Mountains summit to the Lovell Canyon Road turnoff.
For others, take I-15 to Blue Diamond Road (Highway 160). Go west to Rainbow Blvd. From the intersection of Rainbow and H160, go 7 miles further to the gas station at the Highway 159 (Blue Diamond) turnoff. Do not turn, proceed west on H160 straight ahead 13.8 miles more to the LCR exit.
Alternatively, get on the 215 Beltway, turn south on Rainbow until you reach Highway 160, turn right (west) and go about 21 ( 7 + 13.8 ) miles to the Lovell Canyon Road turnoff.
On the one-lane Lovell Canyon Road go 4.4 miles north to an unmarked parking area on the left just after seeing a yellow caution "veer right" sign (if I remember right). If you start going downhill at this point, you went too far.
(1) Lovell Canyon Road (89161)
(2) http://ideaboomer.com... - to H159 / H160
(3) http://maps.google.co... - Spring Mountains summit
(4) http://ideaboomer.com... - Lovell Canyon Wash (topo map)
Note: sun starts rising before 5AM so it is better to arrive early than late or you may miss the show entirely.