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Wizard
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August 27th, 2016 at 5:21:20 PM permalink
I go back and forth between Vegas and southern California a lot. The last few times I noticed what looked like several columns of huge stacked colored marshmallows off to the side of the road between the M casino and Jean. Every time I made a mental note to stop by my next trip, but always forgot.

Yesterday I was returning to Vegas and stopped at the Jean gas station. While there I remembered the promise to myself. So I took the side road, that parallels the I-15 on the northbound side. Sure enough after several miles I came to the Seven Magic Mountains.

They are pretty much what they look like from the freeway. Except they aren't huge marshmallows but enormous boulders. The type of rock seems to be volcanic glass, which is not generally found in the area. There is some signage about it at the parking lot. Be warned there is no bathroom and the Vegas desert can get HOT.

I wish to say that I think this rates very high on the cool meter. If you're traveling between Vegas and the state line it is definitely worth stopping by. Even if you fly into town it would be worth it to take a side trip there if you like things like this.

I think I'll make a formal article out of this if I can get a model to come out with me to spice up the pictures. For now, you'll have to settle for these. Click on any image for a larger version.

The question for the poll is what do you think of the Seven Magic Mountains?











p.s. I'm sorry some of these are rotated incorrectly. They are correct every other way I view them except here.
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DRich
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August 27th, 2016 at 5:43:44 PM permalink
I loved it until I read it cost $3.5 million.
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August 27th, 2016 at 5:53:06 PM permalink
Quote: DRich

I loved it until I read it cost $3.5 million.



I didn't know that. Assuming five boulders per column, that is $100,000 per boulder. However, consider all the joy it will bring to the world.
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Boz
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August 27th, 2016 at 5:55:48 PM permalink
I love them, because the only time I am out that way, I am headed to the Pioneer Saloon, one of my Vegas Happy Places.
TwoFeathersATL
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August 27th, 2016 at 7:12:08 PM permalink
Well now, this sounded like fun.
Seven mountains.
I've read some (all) of the Wiz's mountain adventures that I could find.
I was eager, I was disappointed this time.

You cannot make a mountain out of a molehill, try as you might.
This appears to be yet another failed attempt...

<edit> Nice pics! Well, except for that aging dorky looking guy that kept jumping in front of the camera ;-)
How in the world did he get rich and famous?
I am going to go look for interesting stacks of stones, first thing tomorrow....
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Wizard
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August 27th, 2016 at 7:19:43 PM permalink
Quote: TwoFeathersATL

I've read some (all) of the Wiz's mountain adventures that I could find.
I was eager, I was disappointed this time.



I don't approve of the use of the word "mountain" in this context either. There is a legitimate peak called Magic Mountain in Red Rock, which I think I've climbed. Plus, Magic Mountain is an amusement park in Valencia, CA, or at least it used to be called that.

If your point is that the name is misleading, I would agree. However, I wouldn't let that sway your decision to go or not.
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TwoFeathersATL
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August 27th, 2016 at 7:23:02 PM permalink
You replied before I got my edit posted.
You may reply again once you read it ;-)
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Ibeatyouraces
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August 27th, 2016 at 7:44:49 PM permalink
More impressive...

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balancing_Rocks
Last edited by: Ibeatyouraces on Aug 27, 2016
billryan
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August 27th, 2016 at 7:52:36 PM permalink
I decided to check it out one night after a show at South Point. I knew it's approximate location but couldn't find it. I finally located it on Waze, and drove to it. I was surprised it's not lit up at night and more surprised to find that the parking lot for it is closed from dusk to dawn.
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August 27th, 2016 at 8:22:15 PM permalink
Quote: billryan

I was surprised it's not lit up at night and more surprised to find that the parking lot for it is closed from dusk to dawn.



Keep in mind this thing is about ten miles from civilization so could be easily vandalized. One can paint over grafitti (my spell checker doesn't like that spelling) but lighting would be expensive to replace if a bunch of drunk teenagers get in a testosterone-fueled fury.

The lesson to be learned is to visit during the day.
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