Mesquite is a city in Clark County, in SouthernNevada. Located about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas, it is located immediately on the Nevada-Arizona border, near Utah. The town is situated on the north bank of the Virgin River, with the smaller settlement of Bunkerville on the south side of the river. In recent years, Mesquite has seen some growth, welcoming both tourists and permanent residents. The town's population, however, is still very small at 15,000 people. Its biggest industry is tourism.
Interstate 15 has two exits (#120 and #122) for Mesquite. The town has built up around the freeway and is a "truck stop" for all sorts of travelers. It is the only significant population center on the freeway between Las Vegas and St. George, Utah.
Commercial travelers use McCarran International Airport in the Las Vegas area. From there it is roughly an hour and fifteen minute drive into Mesquite. There is also Mesquite Airport (IATA: MFH), 2mi (3km) north of town, but this small airport is more befitting for small private planes, it has no commercial service.
The Virgin River Gorge is 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.
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.