Away from the sparkling lights and buzz of the Las Vegas strip, sits a patch of desert with colorful rocks stacked on top of one another. 7 Magic Mountains started out as a two-year art installation in 2016 but now will be on public view through 2021. It’s definitely unique, vibrant and very different from what you can experience on the strip. If you’re heading to Las Vegas, I would say it’s absolutely worth the 20-minute drive, even if you’re taking a Lyft or Uber. In this post, I’ll be sharing everything you need to know when planning your visit to 7 Magic Mountains.
When to Go
As early as possible! Since it’s set in the desert there aren’t “opening” hours. I highly recommend arriving before 8 a.m. or even 7 a.m. to be safe! This way you get beautiful morning light in your photos without harsh shadows. Also, you avoid the crowds and people in the background of your shot. I’m not sure if there is some type of guide out there saying 7 Magic Mountains “opens” at 9 a.m. but the day we went, right at 9, tons of people started arriving. According to Google, the busiest times are between noon and 2 p.m. so avoid these times if possible. Plus, this is when the sun is highest and the light is super harsh. You won’t really want to shoot during this time anyway.
What are the Seven Magic Mountains?
A large-scale public art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone. There are seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders and they are more than 30 feet tall. They really stand out amidst the barren desert. The art installation originally opened in May 2016. It was only supposed to be on view for two years but due to its overwhelming success, Seven Magic Mountains is now set to be available until the end of 2021. Each boulder was individually painted and then stacked on top of each other. If you want to see a timeline of how 7 Magic Mountains was created, head here.
If it weren’t for the support of the Art Production Fund and Nevada Museum of Art, Seven Magic Mountains, wouldn’t be possible.