Seven Magic Mountains is an art installation consisting of seven giant towers of stacked neon boulders rising playfully over the surrounding Nevada desert. It was created as a public art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone and has been a Vegas icon since its opening in 2016.
We love stopping by the Seven Magic Mountains when we’re in Las Vegas. For those of you planning your own visit we’ve written this post with all the information you need for visiting Seven Magic Mountains: we’ve included opening hours, how to get there, and the best time to visit Seven Magic Mountains.
Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is a public art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. It is made up of huge colorful neon boulders stacked in seven giant towers which soar over 30 feet above the Nevada Desert.
According to the artist, the Seven Magic Mountains represent the meeting of artificial and natural, the passing highway traffic, and the surrounding mountains and lakes. The locally-sourced boulders were arranged and painted on site.
It’s fun, free and colorful and it’s amazing to see the colorful boulders against the backdrop of the Nevada desert.
Is Seven Magic Mountains still open?
Seven Magic Mountains opened in 2016 and was initially considered a temporary art installation. Its ongoing popularity has seen its run extended time and time again. It is currently scheduled to remain on show until the end of 2021 but there are plans in progress to extend its run in the Nevada Desert to 2026.
Visting Seven Magic Mountains tip: we will update our article when the information on the extension is released.
How to get to Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is located on the South Las Vegas Boulevard, NV 89054 along Interstate 15. It is 22 miles from the Bellagio at the center of the Strip.
Seven Magic Mountains is only accessible by driving so you will need either a rental car, grab a ride share like Lyft or Uber or join a tour that includes the Seven Magic Mountains. There is no public transport which services Seven Magic Mountains.
Renting a Car
We’re huge fans of road trips and have driven rental cars in over 40 countries. We mostly use RentalCars.com to reserve our car as they have the best selection and prices that we’ve found – check prices here!
Visting Seven Magic Mountains tip: we picked up and dropped off our rental car in different locations (we dropped off in Salt Lake City after visiting the Utah National Parks!) so we paid a small one way rental fee. It’s usually cheaper to rent and return the car in the same location and Vegas car rentals can be inexpensive when demand is at regular levels.
Parking: there is a parking lot adjacent to the Seven Magic Mountains art installation. Parking is free.
Tours which include Seven Magic Mountains
There are some tours departing Las Vegas which visit Seven Magic Mountains. The best options include:
- Seven Magic Mountains and Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign: this tour includes two iconic Las Vegas photo locations, the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign and Seven Magic Moutains – check tour prices here!
- 2-Hour Seven Magic Mountains Tour: if you only want to visit Seven Magic Mountains then opt for this 2 hour tour where they are the focus – check tour prices here!
- Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam and Magic Mountains Tour: one of the most popular tours from Las Vegas. Includes stops at the Las Vegas sign, a walking tour on top of Hoover Dam and over 3 hours to explore the Grand Canyon West Rim – check tour prices here!
Seven Magic Mountains Opening Hours
Seven Magic Mountains is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is only recommended to visit between sunrise and sunset as there is no lighting at the installation after dark.
Avoid visiting during adverse weather conditions as there is nowhere to take cover during rain, wind or storms.
Do I need a ticket to visit Seven Magic Mountains?
No. Seven Magic Mountains is located on public lands. Entry to Seven Magic Mountains is free and anyone can visit at any time. You may even bring your pet so long as you clean up after it!
Best Time to Visit Seven Magic Mountains
Weekday mornings are the best time to visit Seven Magic Mountains. The lighting is good for photos and it tends to be quiet at the site.
Seven Magic Mountains can get extremely busy at weekends and later in the day and, as well as the sun making photographs difficult, it can be hard to get a clear shot without tons of other people in it.
Seven Magic Mountains tip: If like us, you like to visit attractions at quiet times then weekdays before 9 am are the best time to visit Seven Magic Mountains.
If you catch a good sunset late evening is a magical time at Seven Magic Mountains.
How long to spend at Seven Magic Mountains?
It takes about 30 minutes to drive to Seven Magic Mountains from the center of the Strip (where the Bellagio, the Cosmopolitan, Paris and Planet Hollywood are located) and another 30 minutes for a leisurely stroll around Seven Magic Mountains.
Photography at Seven Magic Mountains
Seven Magic Mountains is a popular photography location and, if you’re an Instagram fan, is one of the best Instagram spots in Las Vegas.
Professional photography equipment including tripods and lighting umbrellas are not permitted at Seven Magic Mountains.
Drone photography was still allowed at the time of our most recent visit. Make sure to check the current rules if plan to use a drone.
Is Seven Magic Mountains suitable for kids/families?
Yes, the colorful boulders appeal to all ages and the flat site is easy for kids to navigate. We last visited when our eldest was 2 and he loved running around and guessing the colors of the boulders!
Tips for Visting Seven Magic Mountains
- Weather: temperatures in Las Vegas reach over 100 °Fahrenheit. Wear sunscreen and carry water. It’s only a short walk between the art installation and the parking lot but there is no shade.
- Stay on the paths: there are signs requesting visitors to stay on the paths to protect the public lands and the flora, fauna and animals that reside there. The area is home to the endagered desert tortoise (the desert tortoise is protected by law and handling or harassaing the tortise is prohibitied). The signage also mentions to be mindful of snakes.
- Restrooms: there are no restrooms at Seven Magic Mountains
- Go early: if you want to avoid the crowds and the strong Vegas sun then plan for an early morning visit.
- Climbing is not permitted: it is not allowed to climb, move or deface the installation.
- Leave no trace: as always, leave no trace of your visit and take your trash with you.
Is there anywhere else to visit close to Seven Magic Mountains?
If you have a rental car, it is relatively easy to add a few stops and make a day of it.
Some of our favorite places to visit nearby include:
Goodsprings Ghost Town
Once a thriving mining town, Goodsprings once boasted a population bigger than Las Vegas. Lead, copper, zinc, gold and silver have all been mined in the area. Stop by the Pioneer Saloon which is considered one of the oldest saloons in Nevada. Goodsprings is 20 minutes West of Seven Magic Mountains.
If you are venturing a little further afield, a second ghost town, Nelson in the Eldorado Canyon, is 1 hour East of Seven Magic Mountains.
Valley of Fire State Park
The incredible Valley of Fire State Park is located 50 miles north of Las Vegas and is a 1 hour 15 minute drive from Seven Magic Mountains. When the park’s red Aztec sandstone catches the sunlight it illuminates the valley and it looks like it is on fire, hence the name Valley of Fire.
Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a 35 minute drive from Seven Magic Mountains. Covering almost 200,000 acres of the Mojave Desert, the 180 million year old Aztec Sandstone cliffs have a distinct red color due to iron oxide being present in the rock.
The 13 mile scenic loop can be explored by car and is a great way to experience many of the canyon’s highlights. If you want something more physical, there are 26 hikes and trails. As well as Red Rock Canyon State Park there are lots of National Parks near Las Vegas.