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Where Are the Rainbow Stacked Rocks?

Last Update on June 02, 2023
by Sunny Samaroo
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The Seven Magic Mountains — a series of rainbow stacked rocks — are located just outside of Las Vegas, in the Mojave Desert

If you travel from Las Vegas to nearby attractions, chances are you'll stumble across this enchanting sight. It's quite the landmark on its own, too — there are plenty of reasons to visit

However, the Seven Magic Mountains are as elusive as they are captivating. Read on to learn more about what exactly this landmark is.

View of Seven Magic Mountains
Each of the Seven Magic Mountains is unique in structure and height.

Distance from Las Vegas to Seven Magic Mountains

The distance from Las Vegas to the Seven Magic Mountains is about 10 miles (16 km) along Interstate 15. The drive takes just about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on where you're staying and traffic, which is an issue on the Las Vegas Strip.

Who Made the Seven Magic Mountains?

The Seven Magic Mountains were designed by renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. The installation made its debut in May 2016. They consist of seven towers of varying heights, made from locally sourced limestone boulders. Each boulder weighs at least 3,000 lbs (1,360 kg).

Nestled in the vast desert landscape of Nevada, the Seven Magic Mountains are just a short distance from the entertainment capital of the world. 

The rock formations are intended to capture the harshness of the surrounding desert while juxtaposing it with the flashy world of Las Vegas.  

The rocks, painted in vivid neon colors, create a striking visual contrast against the desert backdrop, symbolizing the intersection of the natural and artificial worlds.

As a temporary art installation, the Seven Magic Mountains were supposed to be exhibited for only two years, until 2018. The attraction ended up being extremely popular, though, so it was extended to 2021, and now again to 2027!

The history behind the creator and the significance of the installation go even further. If you're interested, check out our article on the meaning behind the Seven Magic Mountains.

People at Seven Magic Mountains
The size of the Seven Magic Mountains shocks a lot of people when they see it in person!

Are the Seven Magic Mountains Worth Visiting?

As you approach the Seven Magic Mountains, the sight is truly awe-inspiring. The towering rock formations seem to defy gravity, standing tall and proud amidst the vastness of the desert. 

If you're an art enthusiast, a nature lover, or a curious traveler, this unique installation promises an unforgettable experience. It's definitely worth visiting, and it's free, too!

Related Reading: All Your Questions Answered about Visiting Seven Magic Mountains

The Seven Magic Mountains have become a must-see destination for tourists from all corners of the globe. Visitors are encouraged to explore the site, stroll along the sandy paths, and marvel at the vibrant stones.

The installation has also gained fame as a fantastic spot for photography. The vibrant colors of the rocks create a dreamlike backdrop that is perfect for capturing unforgettable memories. The colors are also vibrant enough to make for a quick and quirky pic. 

Whether you're an aspiring photographer or just love sharing Instagram-worthy moments, the Seven Magic Mountains provide an extraordinary photo opportunity.

View of Seven Magic Mountains
For some really stunning photos, visit Seven Magic Mountains at sunrise or sunset.

The Perfect Addition to Your Las Vegas Trip

If you're planning on taking Seven Magic Mountains tours from Las Vegas, consider looking for ones that have the Hoover Dam on the itinerary. 

We have two of them, including our full-day Grand Canyon West, Hoover Dam, and Seven Magic Mountains tour

Seven Magic Mountains is only a short detour on the trip from Las Vegas to the Hoover Dam, so it makes the ideal stop to break up the journey and immerse yourself in the beauty that Nevada has to offer.

After indulging in Las Vegas, a visit to the Seven Magic Mountains provides a serene moment of calm. Take a moment to appreciate the contrasting worlds of bustling city life and tranquil desert landscapes.

There are plenty of other attractions near Seven Magic Mountains that you can also consider adding to your itinerary.

If you like hiking and/or scenic drives, head to Red Rock Canyon for some breathtaking views just half an hour from Las Vegas.

Boulder City makes a great stop, too, with the Hoover Dam Museum, Hemenway Park (which is home to a flock of wild bighorn sheep), and lots of places to eat!

View of Seven Magic Mountains
Get creative with the angles when photographing Seven Magic Mountains.

Things to Keep in Mind Before Visiting Seven Magic Mountains

Before you head out the door, there are some things you should know about Seven Magic Mountains, to ensure you have an awesome trip.

No restrooms — There aren't any restrooms at Seven Magic Mountains, just a parking lot and the installation. 

No public transportation — No public buses in Las Vegas include a stop at the Seven Magic Mountains. If you want to visit, it's best to book a tour, rent a car, or take an Uber.

Be respectful — Respect both the art and the environment around it. Don't try to climb or scribble on the rocks, and don't litter around it or disturb the desert environment.

Budget your time — We usually allot 30 minutes to Seven Magic Mountains on our tours. That's about all the time you need, but be mindful of the travel time, too, if you intend to visit other attractions.

Final Thoughts

The Seven Magic Mountains are a testament to the boundless creativity and artistic expression that can emerge when nature and human ingenuity collide. 

These rainbow stacked rocks will capture your imagination, leaving you with a sense of wonder and appreciation for the harmonious relationship between art, nature, and the glamorous world of Las Vegas.

It may seem like just a simple art installation on the surface, but it's really awe-inspiring in person. The fact that its lifetime has been extended from 2 years to 11 years because of its popularity is a huge testament to how cool Seven Magic Mountains is!

As you embark on your journey from Las Vegas, don't miss this enchanting sight. Bundle it up with other attractions, like Hoover Dam or Grand Canyon West to have an awesome day exploring around Las Vegas.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sunny Samaroo

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