If you are visiting Las Vegas with kids and wondering where to take them Bonnie Springs Ranch is defiantly worth checking out. Bonnie Springs Ranch started out as a stopover for wagon trains traveling the Old Spanish Trail to California. Since the 1950s, the ranch has been used as a roadside tourist attraction.
Activities at the ranch include horseback riding, a very nice train ride, weekend cowboy shows and the Bonnie Springs Petting Zoo.
Western theme shows, usually on weekends re-enact gunfights, hangings, and bank robberies. The old west building at the ranch includes a saloon, which offers small drinks and snacks, a small schoolhouse, an opera house where western theme performances and a wax museum western artifacts.
Bonnie Springs Ranch also has a small motel and a chapel for folks that want to get hitched in an old west town. Bonnie Springs Ranch is one of the best places to get on a horse and see the red rock canyon. They have a large stable area where they offer guided horseback trail rides and pony rides for kids.
Horse rental rates are reasonable with the one-hour guided trail ride of Red Rock Canyon being the most popular trip.
If riding a horse is not for you the ranch also has a train that takes you on a loop route around town, you may even spot a wild burro on the trip.
Bonnie Springs Ranch will remind you of the Ghost Town at Knott’s Berry Farm except this town is located in the middle of Red Rock Canyon and the burros and cowboys are real not statues.
Dining at Bonnie Springs Ranch
At the Bonnie Springs Ranch Restaurant, You can order from the breakfast, lunch, or dinner all day long but the most popular dishes are the BBQ. There’s a full bar inside the restaurant if you want to wet your whistle.
Bonnie Springs Old Nevada 1 Gunfighter Lane Blue Diamond, Nevada 89004 702-875-4191.
Directions to Bonnie Springs Ranch from Las Vegas: Follow Charleston Blvd West for 25 miles. 6 miles past the Red Rock Visitor Center Look for the big wooden archway that says, Bonnie Springs Ranch.