The 2016 Mojave Max Emergence Contest officially opened Thursday.

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!

Anyone can enter the contest, but only one lucky winner from Clark County, Nevada, in grades K-12 who is enrolled in public, private or registered home schools is eligible to win.  The grand prize winner and his or her entire class will win t-shirts, Mojave Max Olympic-style medals, a pizza party and a field trip to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area 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 Recreational areas.  The winner’s teacher will receive a laptop computer.

To enter the contest, log on to and click on the “Emergence Contest” button.

The Mojave Max Education Program is provided by a partnership among Clark County, the Clark County School District, the Bureau of Land Management, the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association and Friends of Red Rock Canyon.

For more information and to enter the Mojave Max Emergence Contest, visit or