Accommodations and Camping
There are 40 rooms in the motel in Bonnie Springs Ranch, which are being held for us. The telephone number to make a reservation there is 702 875-4191. Tell them, when you call, that you are with the APS group. If the motel is full when you go to book your trip, of if you prefer to stay elsewhere, you will find getting to the starting points for the field trips to be uncomplicated no matter where your accommodation is located. As mentioned above we will be meeting at a convenient parking area outside the city on the way to each field trip destination, so you don’t have to be concerned about driving first to Bonnie Springs Ranch from your accommodation location before heading off to the field trip. Other than the holding of rooms for our group at the Bonnie Springs Ranch Motel, no arrangements have been made elsewhere for our members.
Las Vegas hospitality properties have a very low vacancy rate in the spring, so there is no reason for them to discount rooms for us without a substantial occupancy guarantee - which would limit registrants’ choice and expose APS to financial risk. There are many accommodation choices in various parts of the city for those not staying at the venue motel so registrants can make their own selection to suit their circumstances and preferences. Much of the accommodation in Las Vegas is provided by the casino hotels, whether neighborhood casinos, in the downtown (Fremont Street area) or on the strip. All or almost all the casino/hotel facilities in Las Vegas allow smoking on the casino floor. So, although you can get a non-smoking accommodation room, many people are bothered by the smell of cigarette smoke in the entryways and some of the main floor food facilities in the casino properties. An online search for “hotels in Las Vegas NV with a smoke-free policy” may turn up some options for you in order to avoid the smell of smoke.
The nearest casino accommodation to Bonnie Springs is Red Rock Casino Resort. It is about 11 miles east of Bonnie Springs, right at the junction of the 215 Beltway and Charleston Blvd. The telephone number is 702 797-7777 and this property often will offer a discount for online booking. It is conveniently situated for all the scheduled activities we have planned. There are other neighborhood casinos conveniently located;
Santa Fe Station is one on highway 95 at Rancho Drive, not far from the 215 Beltway.
Motel chains have a presence here as wellsuch as Best Western, Ramada, Travelodge,Motel 6 and others. Because of the number of casino resorts, there isn’t the variety you might find in other cities of similar size. An online search of companies you may prefer will show locations and rates.
If you wish to camp, there are excellent desert camping facilities located a few miles east of Bonnie Springs, just off highway 159 on Moenkopi Road at Red Rock Canyon Campground. It accommodates tent campers and RV’s. There are both group and individual sites. Other camping alternatives are on Mt. Charleston. These are at about the 6,000 foot. elevation level on Highway 157 (Kyle Canyon Road), also at the 7,500 foot elevation level on Highway 156 (Lee Canyon Road) and as well along Highway 158 (which connects
Highways 156 and 157 at about the 6,000 foot elevation level).