Bonnie Springs Ranch is a western-themed amusement park near Blue Diamond, in Clark County, southern Nevada. It is located in the Mojave Desert, below the Spring Mountains in the Red Rock Canyon area. The ranch has natural oasis habitat, from the spring water surfacing here. The present day Bonnie Springs Ranch features include: horseback riding, a zoo, the "Old Nevada" western town, a miniature train, a 46-room motel, and a restaurant.
After someone dropped off a sheep at the property, two deer showed up. McGaugh then adopted a wolf, later took in two miniature goats from Wayne Newton, and then got the idea to open a zoo on the ranch. The zoo now includes emus, wolves, and the non-native Canadian Lynx. Peacocks and deer freely roam the fenced zoo area. The ranch also features a large stable of horses.
The ranch has been speculated to be haunted, as claimed by some visitors to the ranch. Some guests have witnessed seeing an apparition of a little girl in the schoolhouse, and also witnessed the merry-go-round spinning on its own on a windless, dry day. In the wax museum, voices can be heard and the wax figures sometimes move on their own. Due to this, the managers have had to nail down the wax figures to keep the display from being mixed up. In the opera house, people have witnessed a shadow figure following them around in the room, and a guest took a picture and reportedly captured a black mass standing next to him.
In October 2008, the ranch was temporarily named "Bonnie Screams" in celebration of Halloween, a tradition which continues each October, and includes haunted houses.
In Popular Culture:
The motel was briefly featured in the 2005 film Domino.
The ranch was featured on Ghost Adventures during the fourth season, where they were able to catch some evidence, including a voice in the wax museum and a shadow figure in the opera house.