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Mesquite is a city in Clark County, in Southern Nevada, about 80 mi (130 km) northeast of Las Vegas. It is immediately on the Nevada-Arizona border, near Utah. The town is on the north bank of the Virgin River, with the smaller settlement of Bunkerville on the south side of the river. Mesquite is a boomtown, attracting tourists and permanent residents. The town's population is about 19,000 (2018). Its biggest industry is tourism.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Interstate 15 seen towards north in the Virgin River Gorge, Arizona
  • Interstate 15 has two exits (#120 and #122) for Mesquite. The town has built up around the freeway and is a favorite "truck stop" for all sorts of travelers. It is the only significant population center on the freeway between Las Vegas and St. George.

By plane[edit]

Commercial travelers are probably better off flying to 2 McCarran International Airport (LAS IATA) in Las Vegas.

Get around[edit]

Map of Mesquite (Nevada)


  • 1 Virgin River Gorge. Worth a short drive into Utah. Beware of dangerous curves and, at times, low visibility, but when conditions are clear, the drive is amazing. Take Interstate 15 north through a small sliver of Arizona, then into Utah for more of nature's wonder. Virgin River Gorge (Q7933985) on Wikidata Virgin River Gorge on Wikipedia
  • 2 Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, +1 702 346-5295. Free. Virgin Valley Heritage Museum (Q7933996) on Wikidata Virgin Valley Heritage Museum on Wikipedia



If you win...

Chances are that, if you win it big in Mesquite and you are not a U.S. citizen your winnings will be subject to a 30% withholding tax from the Internal Revenue Service. That $10,000 slot winning can dwindle quite quickly if that is taken off the top. Not to worry though you can reclaim your gambling winnings tax through a 1042-S form. You should get this from the casino so don't lose it: it is your starting ticket to getting your gambling winnings back.

Mesquite has a few gambling opportunities.

  • 2 Mesquite Gaming, 950 W Mesquite Blvd. Casino part of the CasaBlanca hotel resort.
  • Eureka Casino. Casino part of the Eureka hotel resort. Has traditional table games, slots, bookmaking and bingo.
  • Virgin River Casino. Casino part of the Virgin River hotel resort.



Because of its longtime function as a highway stop, fast food is very common in Mesquite. All varieties are available, including McDonald's, Del Taco, Dairy Queen, Jack In The Box, and KFC.

Mesquite has become less of a "stop" and more of a destination in recent years, so more fine dining establishments should become available in the years to come. Most casinos offer a typical Vegas-style low-cost buffet.



There are several major resort casinos in Mesquite. The first of these was the Peppermill, now known as Oasis. Now closed due to economic pressures, and mostly demolished.

  • 1 CasaBlanca, 950 W Mesquite Blvd, +1 877-438-2929. 480-room hotel-casino built by Merv Griffin. Has a RV park. CasaBlanca Resort (Q5047774) on Wikidata CasaBlanca Resort on Wikipedia
  • 2 Virgin River, 100 E Pioneer Blvd, +1 877-438-2929. Has the town's local movie theater and a bowling alley.
  • 3 Eureka, 275 Mesa Blvd, +1 702-346-4600.

Go next[edit]

  • St. George - 30 miles northeast of Mesquite. Traveling to St. George via Interstate 15 offers some spectacular scenery in the Virgin River Gorge.
  • Las Vegas - 80 miles southwest of Mesquite.
  • Zion National Park - Zion, Bryce Canyon, and other natural wonders are within easy reach of Mesquite.
Routes through Mesquite
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