The Sahara, a Vegas icon, over the years

The Sahara closes May 16, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a trip through the famed resort’s storied past. Here’s a look at the exterior of the Sahara and its surrounding area over the  years.

It certainly came a long way from the Club Bingo years, but as they say: all good things come to an end.

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Photos courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau.


There are 7 comments for this article
  1. Angiee at 11:09 am

    Sad to hear that it’s closing 🙁 What will happen to the Nascar Cafe?

  2. Kyle Stoneberger at 11:59 am

    The Sahara has been gone a long time now. The whole place turned into a real dump over the past couple years. Nazarian needs to put $100 Million into, or sell it to someone who will. Nazarian is a nightclub owner making tons of cash, and won’t put any of it into The Sahara. What a shame. All the Sahahra employees losing their jobs too. Another iconic Las Vegas Hotel/Casino/Landmark that’s just going to collect dust.

  3. Eddie at 7:58 pm

    Any way to enlarge the pictures? Too small to see well.
    Interesting, especially the early pictures! Talk about a duck out of water.

  4. Jorge Labrador at 10:35 am

    Hi Eddie, if you click the “fs” button on the viewer it will pull the photos up in Full Screen mode and show a little bit more detail.

  5. Anita Pierson at 2:17 pm

    It beats Circus Circus any day. Nascar Cafe is totally cool. The Sahara Buffet though, not so great.

  6. Chris "Big C" at 6:18 pm

    My friend M. Foster would make fun of me for staying at the Sahara. I told him, why do you need to spend $100’s of dollars on a room, when all you need is a place to crash. Sahara was great cause it was affordable, comfortable, and had it all. The $1 black jack tables, the Bad Ass Burrito focused on Man Vs Food in the Nascar Cafe. The Big black and white pictures of Elvis took me back in time. It was home away from home. The more you can save on the room meant the more you can spend on entertainment.