West Wendover

The formal greeter in the busy town of West Wendover is Wendover Will, a 50-foot-tall neon cowboy. He pretty much sets the tone for any visit here, what with top-name entertainment lighting up the stage at exciting casinos and its veritable barrage of gaming, dining and lodging choices … and those are just the man-made wonders.

The bustling city is home to five casinos, and the Peppermill, Montego Bay, Rainbow, Red Garter and Nugget casino-hotels offer no shortage of slots, games and restaurants. The Peppermill hosts headliner entertainment like Jay Leno, Wynonna and Clint Black, while the Montego Bay Spa is just the place for body treatments and massages. Outside of the casinos, the friendly town hosts many community events around holidays as well as car shows, air shows and thrilling speed events at the nearby salt flats too.

Beyond the city life, there’s more to see and do. Many visitors to West Wendover make the town their home base for exploring the wilds of Nevada and Utah. Some of the most popular activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and ATV riding, but there’s really no end to outdoor activities around here. The nearby Bonneville Salt Flats are a magnet for speed demons, and the site of a top land speed record – almost 630 mph! Looking over the salt flats to the east from the top of Three Mile Mountain, it’s also possible to see the curvature of the earth, which is quite an experience. Other sights are nearby Blue Lake, a geothermal-fed lake that accommodates year-round scuba diving, and the West Wendover Trails System, which includes Leppy Hills Trails. There’s golfing to be enjoyed at the championship Toana Vista Golf Course, great fishing in nearby lakes and culture to take in at the Historic Wendover Airfield Museum. The airfield, which was once the largest military reserve in the world, played a role in World War II and scenes for the movie Independence Day were filmed here too.

One tip? Don’t forget to change your watch on your next visit to West Wendover. The town runs on Mountain Time instead of Pacific due to its proximity to Utah.