View Full Version : Driving in from Vegas on 29th

02-08-2007, 03:42 AM
Ok I am from the UK and have a holiday in Vegas that I extended to include the weekend of the festival (gotta see RATM LOL).

Anyway I am planning to drive from LV to the festival on the Sunday Morning (early), and driving back to LV during the night after the festival closes.

I have a flight booked back to the UK on the 30th at 1130.

Has anyone got any experience of doing this or can offer helpful tips and advice for this trip?

Please also can someone give me any must see sights to visit between LV and Indio?

I figured maybe 2.5 to 3 hours for the drive (not including any stops) as its around 200 miles.

I guess the traffic could be a bit of a nightmare though so will be leaving LV early in the morning, maybe 7am or so.

Will there be plenty of parking space for people only doing the Sunday?

What time does the festival usually close ie what time will RATM finish approximately?

Thanks to all for reading and bring on the advice guys!

02-08-2007, 03:44 AM
theres some sand to look at.

02-08-2007, 03:49 AM
wow really, shall I bring a bucket and spade?

02-08-2007, 03:51 AM

02-08-2007, 03:51 AM
There is Prim and Barstow and a bunch of desert.

02-08-2007, 03:53 AM
Prim and Barstow ?
are these towns or what ?

02-08-2007, 03:55 AM

02-08-2007, 04:12 AM
ooops I meant 4.5 hours not 2.5

thanks for your helpfull tips vinylmartyr...

anyone else?

I heard the drive from Vegas is nice but whaddaIknow?

02-08-2007, 10:33 AM
ooops I meant 4.5 hours not 2.5

thanks for your helpfull tips vinylmartyr...

anyone else?

I heard the drive from Vegas is nice but whaddaIknow?

nice and boring. it's just a long stretch of highway. i'm drving from las vegas too.

02-08-2007, 10:40 AM
that is one hell of a drive.

02-08-2007, 11:01 AM
I live in Vegas, close to the strip. If you need someone to show you around let me know! mozabilly54@yahoo.com or myspace.com/blackframes54

02-08-2007, 11:16 AM
I drive from Vegas every year, and I take backroads all the way to Indio. It's about the same time as taking the I-15 all the way down, and the views are much nicer. If you want more details, let me know.

02-08-2007, 12:06 PM
Baker has the World's Largest Thermomoter. You surly don't want to miss that.

02-08-2007, 12:33 PM
Primm has a killer roller coaster called the Desperado at Buffalo Bill's Casino.

Stop there for some grub and a ride (maybe do the ride first).

02-08-2007, 12:55 PM
my bf lives in vegas (i live in l.a.) so i too have done the drive many times... like someone said above, the backroads are OK and interesting if it's the day time (and you trust your sense of direction and don't mind utter isolation).

i have actually been to the kelso depot, wouldn't necessarily suggest it for most people but it has some weird sense of appeal to me, but i am weird: http://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm (http://www.nps.gov/moja/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm)

there are also the kelso dunes:

get really good directions before you go trekking off i-15 though...if you have a 4-WD vehicle you can maybe get a bit more adventurous... the WEATHER will also be a good dictator ofwhether you'll actually want to go off-roading too - wouldn't want you to get stuck in the middle of nowhere when it's 100 degrees out.

uh what else... yeah, there's the world's largest thermometer in baker which most people suspect is always inaccurate.

you can also take a bit of a detour and go to hoover dam (http://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/), just remember that if you want to take a tour or get decent pix you better arrive before 3ish.