A free Las Vegas show which has no business being free, Mirage’s volcano is one of the most popular attractions on the Strip. Guests are blown away by the heat and noise that radiate from the choreographed eruption which offers multiple show times nightly.
Initially dreamed up by Steve Wynn and built into the Mirage resort which opened in 1989, the show has been redesigned several times over the years.
The current volcano production was designed by Water Entertainment Technologies (or WET), the same folks that brought you the free fountain show a few doors down at Bellagio.
The show leverages 150 “fireshooters” located both on the volcano and in the lagoon below to create the eruption, culminating in a 60-foot tall firey eruption that can only be described as powerful.
The eruption is choreographed to a musical piece by the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart along with Indian composer Zakir Hussain. Rhythmic, with a tribal vibe, the percussion-heavy selection is a perfect partner for Mirage’s Volcano.
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Mirage Volcano Show Times
Mirage’s volcano schedule has it erupting every evening at 7 pm, 8 pm, 9 pm, 10 pm, and 11 pm.
*Schedules are subject to change though if high winds are present.
Tips and Tricks for viewing the Mirage Volcano
- Get to the show early and grab a spot on the railing. As a compelling free attraction, there is typically a big crowd. Especially if shorter than average, you’ll want a front row spot.
- Grab a drink (or a few) from the Walgreens across the street before heading over to the volcano show. Due to Vegas’ lax open container laws, it’s completely legal.
- If staying at Mirage, book a “Volcano View” room specifically for a great elevated view of the show.
The Volcano’s Uncertain Future
Recently, it was announced that Hard Rock International had reached a deal to purchase the operations of The Mirage from MGM Resorts.
Renderings were immediately released that depicted a guitar-shaped hotel to be built right where the volcano attraction currently sits. Unfortunately for the popular free show, the CEO of Hard Rock International confirmed that the volcano will eventually meet its demise. While the exact timing is uncertain, I suggest checking it out one last time next time you’re in Las Vegas.
Ultimately, The Mirage’s Volcano is a “can’t miss” show for first-timers and Vegas veterans alike. I’ve personally seen the production countless time and always stop to check it out when I’m in the neighborhood.
I’m a former software salesman turned Vegas aficionado. While the craps table is my preferred habitat, I pull myself away to explore new attractions, shows, restaurants, and outdoor activities around Las Vegas with the intent of sharing my experiences.
Ultimately, I just want to help folks plan a better trip and save a few bucks in the process.