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How to Make Blue Diamond Worth the Drive

Scott Dickensheets
Scott Dickensheets
Posted on September 11
Photo of Blue Diamond, Nev.

Another fast-moving day in Blue Diamond. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

Sadly, you can’t get tickets for this weekend’s Super Summer Theater showings of “Kinky Boots” at Spring Mountain Ranch, which close out the season (though Wednesday and Thursday seats were available at press time). That shouldn’t stop you from heading out that way to sample the rustic charms of Blue Diamond, a small town suffused by the natural grandeur of Red Rock Canyon — and (🎧) possibly threatened by massive development.

Cottonwood Station

A lovely, cosmopolitan eatery in a rural setting. I’ll vouch for the breakfast pizza and the coffee. The atmo is comfy, and at this time of year the patio seating should be hella nice. Intriguing mix of people, too, with BD locals, Las Vegans, and tourists. You might even see former Clark County poet laureate Heather Lang-Cassera, who likes to write there.

Get Outdoors

The Blue Diamond Loop is a great introduction to the biking and hiking trails in this area. Don’t have a bike? You can rent one. Or hike the 7.7-mile Blue Diamond Hill Trail.

Poke Around

“I adore tiny town post offices,” says City Cast Las Vegas lead producer Sonja Cho Swanson, and Blue Diamond’s post office meets her expectations for quaintness: “It looks like a little cabin, it’s so freakin’ cute!” Need to restock your nightstand book stack? The Blue Diamond Library has an ongoing book sale. As you tool around town, buy a drink or a snack at the Village Market, and park yourself outside on the shaded seating beside the groovy Western mural. And because the surrounding landscape is so compelling, there’s some fine architecture out there, like this house and this house, both designed by local architect C.J. Hoogland.

Cactus Joe’s

Cactus Joe’s is a longtime, beloved desert plant nursery — and more. Its seven-plus acres offer plenty of atmosphere to explore on a leisurely stroll, plus a gift shop, a wedding-slash-events space … and, now, on Saturday mornings, yoga.

Map of Blue Diamond, Nev.

A small, rural town just beyond the bombast of Las Vegas. (Google Maps)

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