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.
Ischgl is a small mountain village turned hip ski resort, with massive appeal among the party-hearty young crowds. It is... Read More
Andorra la Vella is its own little world, and not just because it’s a 290-square-mile independent principality (a fifth the... Read More
Bariloche (officially San Carlos de Bariloche) is the place to be seen. It is to Argentina what Aspen is to the... Read More
Aspen is America's most famous ski resort. And that's an understatement. For, as a ski complex, Aspen is unsurpassed. Its... Read More
Zermatt is a small but glamorous mountain resort town, with a population of approximately 5,700. It is one of Switzerland's... Read More
St. Moritz is a glitzy, alpine resort town in the celebrated Engadin Valley of Switzerland, with huge notoriety as the... Read More
Lake Tahoe is the premier lake resort of America, and the largest alpine lake in all of North America. It is an absolutely... Read More
St. Anton, Sankt Anton am Arlberg in German, is Austria's premier ski-bum resort! It's actually a small village cum... Read More
Kitzbühel, a small, Tyrolian resort town in the Kitzbüheler Alps, comes with international renown and huge snob appeal, and... Read More