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Discover Things to do in Mesquite

Located 90 minutes north of Las Vegas and 35 minutes from St. George, Utah, Mesquite, Nevada, is the perfect gateway to some of the best adventures and things to do in the American West, including:

  • Zion National Park
  • Bryce Canyon
  • The North Rim of the Grand Canyon
  • Brian Head Mountain
  • Valley of Fire State Park

Blessed by more than 330 days of sunshine each year, Mesquite’s rugged desert setting offers boundless opportunities for golf, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, boating and more.

Tourist off-road rental vehicles parked near Rising Star Resort


Adventure Time Tours offers guided tours and rentals to explore Mesquite and the surrounding areas including Utah and Arizona. A variety of tours are available including two-hour, half day, one day and more. Vehicle rental is available to explore the trails on your own.

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View of Bryce Canyon National Park near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (453) 834-5322

Thousands of delicately-carved spires rise in brilliant color from the amphitheaters of Bryce Canyon National Park. Millions of years of wind and water at work have etched out the pink cliffs of Bryce Canyon. Bryce Canyon National Park is 24 miles southeast of Panguitch, Utah. The visitor center is open year-round.

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A Landscape view of Cathedral Gorge near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (775) 728-4460

Experience the majesty that is Cathedral Gorge! Located in a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. It is a photographer’s dream. A number of walking trails provide great views of the Park. Children and adults alike love exploring the slot canyons. Moderate temperatures through the year make the Park at great place to camp and explore all year long. There is something for everyone at Cathedral Gorge State Park! Fees are charged for entrance and camping.

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An Aerial view of Cedar Mountains near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (453) 586-9451

Cedar Breaks National Monument is nestled high in the Cedar Mountains between Cedar City and Panguitch. Sudden contrasting landscapes come together to make one of Southern Utah’s finest touring attractions. Many visitors from around the world enjoy the breathtaking beauty of Cedar Breaks annually. Grass fields, evergreen trees, wildlife and windblown sandstone make for a grand experience unique to only a few locations in the world. The area provides mild temperatures during the summer months. Cedar Breaks will become a favorite stop for those seeking the solitude and beauty of nature. Cedar Breaks National Monument is open from early June to mid-October.

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A Rock Tunnel in Dixie National Forest near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (435) 865-3700

The Dixie National Forest, with headquarters in Cedar City, Utah occupies two million acres and stretches for about 170 miles across Southern Utah. The largest National Forest in Utah, it straddles the divide between the Great Basin and the Colorado River. Elevations vary from 2,800 feet near St. George, Utah to 11,322 feet at Blue Bell Knoll on Boulder Mountain. The southern rim of the Great Basin, near the Colorado River, provides spectacular scenery. Colorado River canyons are made up of many-colored cliffs and steep-walled gorges.

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The Gold Butte National Monument near Rising Star Resort


Gold Butte National Monument covers nearly 300,000 acres of remote and rugged desert landscape in southeastern Nevada, where dramatically chiseled red sandstone, twisting canyons, and tree-clad mountains punctuate desolate stretches of the Mojave Desert. The brightly hued sandstone provides a stunning canvas for the area’s famously beautiful rock art, and the desert provides critical habitat. The area is popular for outdoor recreation, and visitors to the monument can hike to rock art sites, drive the Gold Butte Backcountry Byway to the area’s namesake mining ghost town, hunt desert bighorn sheep, or tour the area’s peaks and canyons on horseback.

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Grand Canyon National Park North Rim near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (928) 638-7888

A mile deep and 18 miles wide in places, the 277-mile-long Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring destination for any visitor. The Grand Canyon’s North Rim is open from mid-May through mid-October and offers a uniquely different experience from that of the South Rim being that it is generally less crowded.

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Dead trees in Great Basin National Park near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (775) 234-7331

From the 13,000-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park is a place to sample the stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. There’s a whole lot more than just desert here including the beautiful Lehman Caves.

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The Hoover Dam and a lake view near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 494-2517

Hoover Dam is a testimony to a country’s ability to construct monolithic projects in the midst of adverse conditions. Built during the Depression; thousands of men and their families came to Black Canyon to tame the Colorado River. It took less than five years, in a harsh and barren land, to build the largest dam of its time. Now, years later, Hoover Dam still stands as a world-renowned structure. The Dam is a National Historic Landmark and has been rated by the American Society of Civil Engineers as one of America’s Seven Modern Civil Engineering Wonders. Tours inside and outside of dam available: Operating Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. The Hoover Dam is 34 miles from Las Vegas and the visitor center is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Lake Mead National Recreation Area near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 293-8990

Boat, hike, cycle, camp and fish at America’s most diverse national recreation area. With striking landscapes and brilliant blue waters, this year-round playground spreads across 1.5 million acres of mountains, canyons, valleys and two vast lakes. See the Hoover Dam from the waters of Lake Mead or Lake Mohave, or find solitude in one of the park’s nine wilderness areas.

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Two moto bikes parked in Mesquite MX near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 376-2591

Mesquite MX has four (4) tracks for all skills of riding; main track, super-cross, vet track, sand trails. Concession stand open all weekend with t-shirts, stickers and more for sale in the office. Outdoor RC track, paintball course, 4000 square foot indoor pavilion with kitchen available for rental. Please check out our website for complete racing information.

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Rides in Mesquite’s Recreation Center near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 346-8732

The City of Mesquite’s Recreation Center sports 2 full size gymnasiums, 2 racquetball courts, an indoor heated pool, showers/ lockers, fitness room, aerobics/dance room, meeting rooms, youth and adult gathering areas with pool tables, foosball and ping pong tables, climbing wall and outdoor basketball courts. During the summer, guests can enjoy the outdoor pool and its exciting water slide.

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An Aerial view of a soccer stadium near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 346-8732

This facility has five full size soccer fields, all of which are lit and can be used for a variety of sports. Amenities include a concession stand, three pavilions, a playground, a small splash pad, a large vendor booth area with power and water to each site, and a large parking lot. Aside from hosting large scale events, including the ReMax Long Drive Championship each year, guests can participate in various activities including soccer and football games, archery events, golf club demo days, and various outdoor recreation!

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Low angle shot on a man sky diving near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (877) 246-5867

Ask a Nevada skydiver where they like to jump and they’ll probably say Skydive Mesquite. Make your jump where people who know how to skydive like to go! Skydive Mesquite trains more people than any other jump zone around.

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Men at Smokin Gun & Pistol Range Club near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (928) 347-4133

The Smokin Gun and Pistol Range Club has a fun and interactive pistol competition for everyone. Participate or watch from the sidelines with 10 sporting clays stations, 5 pistol bays, 2 trap, 10 stations with 3-D archery course. A clubhouse with refreshments, big screen TV is available for your convenience. Supplies, eye and ear protection and more are for sale. Located next to the Mesquite MX Park and Virgin River so bring your ATV, Razor or dirtbike for even more fun!

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A view of the Valley of Fire state park near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (702) 397-2088

Valley of Fire is located about 45 miles from Mesquite. Scenic landscapes of hidden canyons and unique rock formations, petroglyphs and remains of ancient Indian civilization. Nevada Park Service visitor center open daily, 8:30am-4:30pm., tours available. Entrance fee.

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The Virgin River Gorge Recreation Area near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (435) 688-3200

The Virgin River Gorge, where the Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area resides, provides a stunning and colorful mountain desert setting. The gorge mimics, on a smaller scale, the colorful layers and striking depths of the Grand Canyon. In fact, many of the very same geologic formations are present in both areas. Virgin River Canyon Recreation Area is a first-come, first-served campground and day-use area located along I-15 approximately 20 miles southwest of St. George, Utah and 20 miles east of Mesquite, Nevada. Keep a lookout for Bighorn Sheep who live on the rocky crags above the gorge.

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Landscape view of Zion national parks near Rising Star Resort


Phone: (435) 772-3256

One of the nation’s oldest national parks, Zion has a quiet grandeur that is unique. Follow the paths where ancient native people and pioneers walked. Gaze up at massive sandstone cliffs of cream, pink, and red that soar into a brilliant blue sky. Experience wilderness in a narrow slot canyon. Zion’s unique array of plants and animals will enchant you as you absorb the rich history of the past and enjoy the excitement of present day adventures.

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A Firework show in Eureka Casino near Rising Star Resort


For over a decade, Eureka Casino Resort has been home to Mesquite’s Independence Day celebrations with many local families and visitors making it their annual tradition.