As one of the most popular attractions (and its free!) on The Las Vegas Strip, The Mirage Volcano first erupted in 1989. Since then, the volcano has gone through two major renovations. The last one, completed in December of 2008, set the Mirage back over $25 million!
The Mirage Volcano is a spectacularly choreographed show made up of haunting tribal music, jungle sound effects, flashing colored lights, nearly 8 acres of water, and roaring fires. The fire not only spews out of the volcano as molten lava, but performs hot dances across the water’s surface.
The eruptions are as realistic as you can get without being in the throes of an erupting volcano. The realism ofMirage’s Volcano is enhanced by the designers’ use of actual recordings of a real volcano playing through a powerful high fidelity sound system. The best place to view the volcano is right in front (don’t worry it’s safe) where you can feel the rumble and sense the heat radiating from the tremendous flames. MAP to Mirage Volcano
SHOW TIME: Currently from 5:00 PM until 11:00 PM.
The Mirage Resort & Casino – 3400 Las Vegas Boulevard South – Las Vegas, NV 89109 – (702) 791-7111
The Mirage Volcano was the first free large-scale street show (1989). Until the 2008 $25 million upgrade, it was in the shadows of theFountains of Bellagio and the Treasure Island Sirens.
An unseen upgrade that gives the Volcano its spiritual sensation, is the accompanying music score. It is a collaborative effort between Grateful Dead drummer, Mickey Hart, and Zakir Hussain, an accomplished composer of Indian music.
INSIDER TIP: During the summer months the crowds start to gather 20 – 30 minutes before the performance. Anywhere along the front railing is good for viewing, BUT be aware of the railing – it becomes completed covered with little red ants that will bite the dickens out of you! And as much as you try you cannot get rid of them, and they will be with you the whole night. Click to see the Vegas Street Scene video: Vegas Tourists Attacked by Red Fire Ants