3400 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Nightly on the hour from 6-11pm
Vegas4Visitors Grade: A
At a Glance
What is it?
A three-story “volcano” using lights, fire, and water to simulate an eruption. The entire thing takes only a few minutes so don’t plan your night around this.
Where is it?
At The Mirage on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
Since it’s free, yes it is.
What else do I need to know?
A 2009 upgrade added more fiery “lava,” bigger flames, more geysers, and a state-of-the-art sound system blasting a new soundtrack by Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart and Indian musical virtuoso Zakir Hussain.
What’s the bottom line?
It is another silly Vegas must-see.
When The Mirage volcano debuted with the hotel in 1989, it literally stopped traffic. Remember, up until this point Vegas was mostly a land of cheap buffets and cheesy showgirl shows where the number one thing was to get you into the casino as quickly as possible. The idea of building an attraction out in front that would actively distract people from going into the casino was silly. But Steve Wynn changed all that and went on to create the blueprint from which the Bellagio Fountains, the NYNY Roller Coaster, and the old Treasure Island Pirate Battle were created.
That the volcano is not as wow-worthy as it was back then is really only because of all the stuff that came after it. It’s still a lot of fun with blasts of fire and “lava” flowing nightly, all set to a pounding soundtrack from The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart and Indian tabla sensation Zakir Hussain.
If you have a checklist of iconic Vegas attractions that you want to make sure to hit, this one should be on there.