Geek Nation Tours has been delighting traveling nerds on their Trek-themed tour from Hollywood, through a plethora of Trek filming locations in the California desert, and culminating in Las Vegas just in time for the annual Creation Convention held every August. Larry “Dr. Trek” Nemecek, the noted Star Trek guru, consultant, interviewer, producer and author of the Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion and Star Trek: Stellar Cartography, will be there as always to guide fans through the tour and impart his encyclopedic knowledge of all things Trek (both in front of and behind the scenes). This year, Vegas-bound fans unable to join in on the full tour can get a taste of the adventure by booking a one-day tour to the site of Captain James T. Kirk’s heroic death on Veridian III (Star Trek Generations), which is located in the majestic Valley of Fire State Park 55 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The trip is taking bookings now but is selling out fast with only 7 of the 12 seats still up for grabs.
Exploring Trek Sites: Hollywood to Vegas With Larry Nemecek
Geek Nation’s full tour takes you along with Larry Nemecek as you make the pilgrimage to filming sites of The Original Series, The Next Generation and their movies, as well as Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Some sites are instantly familiar, while others are obscure — but all are iconic and ready for you to revisit, right on location. The journey will take Trekkies from Hollywood and surrounding Los Angeles up to Vasquez Rocks and onward to the Valley of Fire. This year, the tour will also focus on two momentous 20th Anniversaries: 20 years since the finale of The Next Generation and “All Good Things” and the 20th anniversary of “Generations” and the death of James T. Kirk.
For info and to book the full LA2Vegas tour, see the tour profile. The tour runs from July 26th to August 4th and includes all sights along the way plus accommodation in Vegas and a ticket to the largest Star Trek convention in the world. Geek Nation Tours even has spousal options for any non-Trekkie significant others.
Valley of Fire Day Trip to Kirk’s Death Site
Fans can jump in for the “Veridian III Kirk Memorial Tour” day trip, which doubles as the last pre-con tour stop for those on the full LA2Vegas tour. Michael Westmore, Star Trek makeup designer and Generations filming witness, will be joining the tour for the Valley of Fire commentary, work permitting. As with the rest of the LA2Vegas tour, there will be chances for photo ops in the most iconic places from the Star Trek connection — and all of them are also a scenic wonder or historic and cultural landmark in their own right.
The majestic Valley of Fire is worth a visit
Those on the full “LA2Vegas Trek Film Site Tour with Larry Nemecek” are already bound for the “Veridian III” combat zone in their itinerary, which continues through the storied Creation Las Vegas convention. But this allows other fans who are already arrived early in Vegas to hop on the seven-hour day trip to see the iconic Kirk death site—and at the same time get a sense of what the full tour is like.
Aside from the film site, fans can also see and pose on the actual bridge on which Kirk died, which was donated to the park after filming and is now par of a permanent trail.
“So many Vegas-bound Trek fans are coming a day or two early to soak up the local color. I can’t think of a better way to see some new ‘hues and shades’ than to come out with the group and Mike Westmore, hopefully, to pose in uniform on that other famous Kirk ‘bridge,'” says Larry Nemecek.
Beyond the Trek connection, The Valley of Fire is worth seeing in an of itself. The park derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. Complex uplifting and faulting of the region, followed by extensive erosion, have created the present landscape. It is Nevada’s oldest and largest state park, dedicated in 1935. Ancient trees and early man are represented throughout the park by areas of petrified wood and 3,000 year-old Indian petroglyphs. Popular activities include camping, hiking, picnicking and photography.
Geek Nation is taking bookings now for the newly added one-day trip to the Valley of Fire, but space is limited. Tickets will run you $175, which gets you a full day (8am – 3pm) on Veridian III. There are only a total of 12 spots on the tour, and 5 are already sold, so you’d better book soon if you hope to get one of the remaining 7.