Mojave Max

Emergence Contest

The Mojave Max Emergence Contest is now open! To enter the contest think about the month, day, hour and minute you think Mojave Max will emerge in the Spring, and when you’re ready, submit your guess.

What Is the Emergence Contest?

Mojave Max is a real live tortoise that lives at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Every fall when the hot Las Vegas weather cools off, Max goes into his burrow to begin brumation. (This is how Max hibernates.) In the spring, when the weather begins to warm up, Max emerges. The person who guesses as closely as possible to the correct day, hour, and minute when Max will emerge from his burrow wins!

Who Can Enter the Contest?

Students from Clark County, Nevada, in grades K-12, who are enrolled in public, private, and registered home schools are eligible to win all kinds of great prizes.

What Are the Prizes?

The grand prize winner and his or her entire class will win t-shirts, Mojave Max Olympic-style medals, a pizza party, and field trip to Red Rock Canyon to see the real Mojave Max! The winner also receives a laptop computer, a digital camera, and an "America the Beautiful" year-long pass to National Parks and Federal Recreation areas. The winner's teacher will also receive a laptop computer!

What Are the Rules?

View the official rules by clicking on the following link:

When has Max emerged in the past?

To see past emergence times as well as view past winners, click on the following links:


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