I'm hoping to begin keeping bees in the very near future as I'm retiring in January and feel I'll finally have the time to devote to this new hobby. I'm concerned about the conditions in the Las Vegas area for beekeeping. Is it a viable endeavor given the long, hot summers? I live on 1/2+ acre in an area of town with a lot of horse properties. There is an orchard (Gilcrese (sp??)) just a few blocks away with about 40 acres of all type of fruit trees and vegetables.

Also, from my reading so far, the Top Bar style of hives seem to be the simplest to work with for a beginner. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.

Thanks for any comments.