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In February, Field Trip Boy and I drove to Las Vegas for the weekend to take in the sites and enjoy some quality time together. On our way out to the desert, we stopped by the Nevada public art exhibit by internationally-renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone called Seven Magic Mountains.
Prior to our visit, I had seen several pictures of the colorful art installation on social media and heard from many of my travel friends that the exhibit was inspiring to see from the freeway. However, getting up close and personal was even better. And my son and I discovered, they were right!
Seven Magic Mountains On The Way to Vegas
Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately ten miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than thirty feet high, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave desert with a poetic stream of light and color.
Stone balancing is an art, discipline, or hobby in which rocks are naturally balanced on top of one another in various positions without the use of any adhesives, wires or contraptions to help keep the rocks in place. Stone balancing is also described as a problem solving skill. Centuries ago indigenous peoples in the United States often used cairns to help them cover and bury their dead.
Today, my children enjoy stacking rocks on top of one another and balancing them carefully as we go on hikes in the wilderness or visit local tide pools. The contemporary art installation by Ugo Rondinone reminds me of these family adventures.
Visiting Seven Magic Mountains
As one of the largest land-based art installations in the United States, Seven Magic Mountains is bringing happiness to the desert. Positioned within the Ivanpah Valley and surrounded by the local mountains, Seven Magic Mountains stands out as eye candy along the freeway. Each locally-sourced limestone boulder boasts a different fluorescent color ranging from neon pink to a deep ocean blue.
Visitors can’t help, but stop and take a photo. The colorful rocks beckon you to leave your car, walk down the short dirt trail and look up at the giant boulders. To do otherwise, would be a disappointment, since Seven Magic Mountains is a limited time exhibit.
2018 Toyota Camry XSE
I’m also thankful I had the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE to get us there safely. With a 206 horsepower engine and 186 pound-feet of torque, we arrived at Seven Magic Mountains in less than 4 hours coming from Los Angeles.
Inside, the XSE comes standard with dual-zone climate control, wireless smartphone charging and three USB ports. The high end vehicle also comes complete with the new Entune infotainment system, which is compatable with Siri EyesFree and Google Voice Control.
Furthermore, I enjoyed relaxing in the beautiful red leather interior scheme. The vehicle seats five; two in the front and three in the back. My son especially enjoyed having the back all to himself on this particular trip!
Tips For Visiting Seven Magic Mountains
- Watch out for venomous snakes, as signs warn visitors on the trail.
- Wear good walking or hiking shoes on the trail.
- Wear sunscreen.
- There’s a self-guided cell phone tour available. Simply call the phone number and follow along as you get an in-depth tour of the totems.
- Leave no trash or human waste behind.
- Bring bottled water with you as there are no stores within a 10-mile radius of the exhibit.
- Type in “Seven Magic Mountains” on your cell phone or GPS system for good directions. I used the GPS system on the 2018 Toyota Camry XSE and it worked like a charm.
- Watch out for tumble weeds on the road.
- Parking is free.
- There are no bathrooms on site.
- Dress in layers. You never know what the weather may be like.
- Bring a camera or smart phone to take photos.
- Some people like bring additional photo props like balloons to add dimension to their pictures.
Seven Magic Mountains is scheduled to be on display through the end of 2018. To learn more about Seven Magic Mountains and get ideas on how to plan your trip, visit http://sevenmagicmountains.com.
Happy Field Tripping!