A photo shoot at El Dorado Canyon, also known as Nelson’s Landing, is a bit off the beaten path. It’s about 40 minutes to the lakebed from the Strip, and then another 20 minutes down a scenic and winding two-lane road, into the desert southwest. As you crest the final hill, you drop down into a valley filled with old cars, dilapidated barns and a vintage plane that has been (purposefully!) buried nose-first into the hillside. Once we arrive, you’ll meet me in the old house, where someone behind the desk will briefly warn us about cacti, rattlesnakes and maybe even zombies. Have no fear, we’ll be on the lookout for all three! This is the perfect spot for those that want images that no one else will have back home. It has a million backdrops and is a perfect combination with the lakebed for an afternoon of classic Mojave Desert.
Distance from the Strip: 60 minutes
Transportation recommendation: Rental car/car service (ride share not available)
Recommended length of session: 30-60 minutes
Permit/travel fees: $150 (can be combined with the lakebed at no additional charge)