Moapa Valley is a little gem in the southern Nevada desert, edged between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Valley of Fire State Park. A series of friendly communities – Overton, Logandale, Glendale and Moapa – call the valley home, where you’ll also find the Muddy River, a tributary of the Colorado River system that empties into Lake Mead.
The valley was settled in the late 1880s by Mormons drawn by the promise of successful agriculture in the fertile valley, and the farming lifestyle remains to this day. But various occupants have made the valley home for centuries, as archeologists have found evidence of both Pueblo and Paiute civilizations. Today, visitors to Moapa Valley are drawn by the small-town character that is never more apparent than during annual events. The Clark County Fair & Rodeo, held at the county fairgrounds in Logandale, is a wholesome, family-oriented event showcasing the quality of life to be enjoyed in rural Nevada. Another popular event in Moapa Valley is the annual Bluegrass Festival, which is also hosted at the fairgrounds. For the car and bike lover, Overton hosts the annual Fall Festival Car & Motorcycle Show, and artsy types are always drawn to the Pomegranate Arts & Crafts Festival for beautiful artwork, crafts, and of course, pomegranates in all forms.
Besides its annual events, Moapa Valley is a great place to explore the beautiful outdoors. South of Overton is the fascinating Lost City Museum, which was built on the ruin of an Anasazi pueblo and includes a reconstruction of how the ruin may have looked centuries ago. There’s also Valley of Fire State Park, the oldest and largest state park in Nevada, known for its ancient, vibrant red sandstone formations, petrified wood and petroglyphs dating back thousands of years.