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UNITED STATES  |  South-Central Nevada, Nevada Travel Guide
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Pahrump

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Pahrump

About 65 miles west of Las Vegas on NV 160 lies Pahrump, a rapidlygrowing community of about 24,000. Pahrump has seen an influx of new residents from not only Nevada, but the rest of the country. They’ve come for the unique mix of open spaces, low taxes, affordable housing and 216 days of sunshine a year. Pahrump is growing at an annual rate of 15 to 17%, making it one of the fastest growing rural areas in the country. It’s also one of the hottest, with summer temperatures soaring well above 100°.

Equiphiles might want to stop by Painted Desert Legacy Ranch, 1771 Sagehen Road, 702-751-0821, for a look at Lynda and Kevin Roberts’ beautiful show horses. The Roberts have almost single-handedly established the community as a font of prize-winning animals. Pahrump is also the home of the US Department of Energy’s Yucca Mountain Science Center, 1141 South Highway 160, 702-727- 0896, where the government puts a positive spin on its scheme to truck waste from 108 nuclear reactors across the country to an underground site northwest of town near Beatty. In 1997, Congress passed the Nuclear Waste Policy Act, authorizing up to 90,000 shipments of radioactive waste into the Yucca Mountain site. According to Winona LaDuke, founder of White Earth Recovery Project and a Nevada Shoshone, the waste-bearing trucks will pass within half a mile of 50 million Americans.

Last updated March 17, 2012
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