Cooling stations in Las Vegas and Clark County Nevada.

Additional cooling stations are available for seniors, low income, families with children, and the homeless. With the summer heat upon the Las Vegas area as well as the entire state of Nevada, many people need some relief from the heat. The cooling stations can help meet that need, as well as provide other support. For example, the cooling stations may also have information on other cooling bill assistance programs and options for the low income, including free or low cost fans, air conditioners, and financial assistance and grants for summer cooling bills. The bottom line is that individuals across Nevada who need to escape the heat or pay their utilities have programs available.

The Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition's Inclement Weather Shelter Program also operates in the region, and that program is in addition to the cooling stations indicated below. The Inclement Weather Shelter Program provides seasonal shelter, however it is only on an as-needed basis. The program also provides cash assistance, grants, and government funding for long-term day shelters during the summer. The National Weather Service will decide what determines hazardous weather conditions for residents of the state of Nevada. When this decision is made the additional shelters will be open across Las Vegas and the region.

The shelters and cooling stations by nature are more reactive. Ideally individuals would not need to use them as they would be able to stay cool in their own homes or apartments. So the agencies listed below, primarily the Las Vegas Salvation Army and Catholic Charities, may also have information on other more pro-active summer programs. Those can include free or low cost fans or air conditioners. Other resources may include the low income energy assistance program, which can help families pay their utilities during the hot Nevada summer months. Find more on Nevada utility bill assistance.

Las Vegas area cooling stations and shelters

The two leading organizations that run the centers include the Salvation Army of Las Vegas as well as Catholic Charities. They open and run the local summer day-shelters. The centers are usually open during the hours listed below. The centers are also usually open seven days a week throughout the summer.





  • The Salvation Army, 31 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas. The hours of this location are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Note that this location is for adults only.
  • Catholic Charities is for men only. It is located at 1501 N. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The Shade Tree, 1 W. Owens Ave., North Las Vegas, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This stations serves both women and children.

Other locations that may have more limited hours include:

  • Walnut Recreation Center, location is 3075 N. Walnut Ave., Las Vegas. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Stupak Community Center, 251 W. Boston Ave., Las Vegas, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St., Las Vegas. The cooling center is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Dula Gymnasium, 441 E. Bonanza Road, Las Vegas, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Hollywood Recreation Center, 1650 S. Hollywood Blvd., Las Vegas, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Islamic Society of Nevada, 4730 E. Desert Inn Road, Las Vegas, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Serves people of all religions and backgrounds.
  • Valley View Recreation Center, 500 Harris St., Henderson, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.






By Jon McNamara

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