Here is a list of 13 reasons to go over the hump to Pahrump this fall:
1. Pahrump Valley Winery Grape Stomp is taking place Oct. 1-2. Live performances, craft and food vendors, exclusive wine sale, costume contests, FREE wine tastings, and grape stomp competition. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. $7 general admission before Sept. 29, $10 at the gate. The Pahrump Valley Winery is not the only winery in Pahrump. The Sanders Family Winery was designed to resemble an Italian Tuscan Villa and is bordered by the Spring Mountains to the east and the colorful Nopah Range to the west. The winery is opened 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers free wine tastings as well as educational informational tours. During the months of April to September, the winery hosts entertainment on selected evenings during the weekends.
2. Lake Spring Mountain at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is a true oasis in the desert. Visitors to the 8-acre man-made fresh-water lake can paddle board, swim, pedal boat, kayak, rent cabanas and even soar above the water with a jetpack. Day passes to the lake are $15 Wednesday thru Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. or $10 for a twilight pass from 4 to 8 p.m. The lake also offers a Tiki Bar that serves food, snacks, and specialty drinks.
3. It's race season at Pahrump Valley Speedway which has one of the only clay-based, high-banked, quarter-mile dirt tracks remaining in the U.S. Bring the family for a day of racing and cheer on different classes of cars including Modifieds, Super Stocks, Dwarf Cars, Coupes, Bombers, Mod Minis, and more. 7 p.m. Oct. 8 and 22. $10 general admission, $6 ages 6-14 and free for ages 5 and under. Family six pack for $30.
4. The HUBB Classic Car & Parts Swap Meet is held the 2nd Saturday (Oct. 8) of the month at the gates of Death Valley in Pahrump. Buy antique, vintage, classic and or high-end cars and parts at bargain prices. Starts at 8 a.m.
5. Comedians Carmen Morales and Mike Cuido perform during the month of October at the Bonkerz Comedy Club inside the Pahrump Nugget. Morales (Oct. 14) has been featured on "Fox's Laughs" and Cuido (Oct. 28) has been seen on Showtime. $10 general admission (includes $5 free slot play).
6. The Pahrump Valley Rock Hounds are hosting the first Pahrump Rock and Gem Show Oct. 14-16 at Petrack Park. Celebrate all things pristine and precious and learn about Nevada’s rich pioneer heritage and spirit. The event is free and open to the public and will include hourly raffles, a car show, crafts, food, and much more! 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 14; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 15; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16.
7. Both beginners and experienced golfers will enjoy Mountain Falls Golf Course, which also offers a driving range, pro shop and grill room. The golf course is open year-round and has affordable pricing for all.
8. PDOP (Pahrump Disability Outreach Program) Pumpkin Days is a family-friendly event at Ian Deutch Park on Honeysuckle Street during the weekend of Oct. 21. There will be a MONSTER DASH beginning at 8 a.m. followed by activities such as hayrides, a petting zoo, and photo opportunities. 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 21; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 22; and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 23.
9. Fireworks Over Pahrump is happening Oct. 28 and 29. Launch your own fireworks in a safe and supervised environment or enjoy the show. Permits are $5 and can be purchased at Area 51, Phantom Fireworks, Red Apple Fireworks, Black Jack Fireworks and Extreme Pyro. The fireworks launch site is located on Gamebird Road.
10. Pack up your RV and head to Lakeside Casino & RV Park for a safe night at the lake on Oct. 31 starting at 4 p.m. Enjoy a BBQ, children can trick-or-treat, and spend your night decorating your RV site for a chance to win first second or third place in the Best RV Site Spooktacular contest.
11. The Pahrump Social Powwow celebrating Native American culture is taking place Nov. 18-20. Visitors to the powwow will experience colorful dancers in elaborate Native American regalia. At the powwow, dancing is a major part of the gathering. There are kid dancing competitions and adult competitions. Each tribe has their own tribal dances. There is even a time where all the tribes gather for an intertribal dance. The event is held at Petrack Park and is free and open to the public.
12. Whether you are just learning or are a trained professional, Front Sight Firearms Training Institute has self-defense course for you. Learn how to properly handle a variety of guns from experienced licensed weapons instructors at Front Sight. One of the largest firearm training facilities in the world, Front Sight is dedicated to providing you and your family with the absolute best safety and defense training methods – with or without firearms.
13. Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club is home to the exclusive Ron Fellows Corvette Driving School, Cadillac V-Series Academy, Radical Racing School, and the SCCA License Recommendation School. Even the most skilled drivers will be challenged by banked corners, blind drops, and technical off-camber corners. The course at Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club is the second largest race track in the world. Starting in 2017, anyone who purchases or leases a new 2017 Cadillac ATS-V Coupe, ATS-V Sedan, or CTS-V Sedan will receive from a Cadillac a 2-day tuition to Spring Mountain Motor Resort & Country Club.
Pahrump is located about one hour west of Las Vegas on Highway 160. It is located in Nye County and has a population of approximately 40,000.