Bright–beautiful– and yes, actually pretty magic. The Seven Magic Mountains are a must see if you visit Vegas. It's a nice little drive south of The Strip and it's also far enough out that you can really be engulfed by the desert and away from all the chaos. 

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That being said, this is such a photo-worthy place and people know it! You unquestionably need to go as close to sunrise as possible if you want to get any good photos. We actually passed by the area around noon a few days before we were planning to go and it was unbelievable how crowded it was. We ended up going around 7 AM on a weekday and it was ideal. Not a soul but us, and we were able to get some really great shots. See for yourself below.