The first things that come in mind when you hear the words ‘Las Vegas’ are gambling, strippers, and all sorts of evils. This is not totally true as Las Vegas has some good things to offer too. There is more to Las Vegas than the casinos, gambling and all the sins that are portrayed on the TV about it. Las Vegas has a wonderful natural wonder known as the Red Rock Canyon.
This is a wonderful red rock desert that is located about 10 miles away from the so-called ‘Sin City.’ One can easily hire a vehicle to get to see this wonderful geological feature which is well shaped and has beautiful scenery.
The Red Rock Canyon is a gorgeous looking park which has desert wildlife and Mojave Desert within it. I am a regular visitor to this park. Each time I go, I always discover something new and interesting about this place. The park has a great view and wonderful scenery, especially of the red rocks and the desert.
To explore the park, one would have to start out at the Visitor’s Centre. It is at this place that you will be introduced to game park rangers who have experience and knowledge of the goings on of the park. They are the ones who will lead you through the 13 mile scenic loop passing through the Red Rock Canyon.
When you begin your tour, you will follow a paved- road which is one way. Along the way, you will come across many parking places. These places are vantage points where beautiful sceneries of Las Vegas can be seen. There are also hiking trails that have been marked. Each hiking trail has a level of difficulty. Depending on the people making the tour, the park ranger which can advise which hiking trail can be followed and which one can be ignored.
About 15 hiking trails have been said to be ‘day trips.’ I have been to a number of these trails; but my personal favourite is the Children’s Discovery Trail, found within the Lost Creek Canyon. The trail has been earmarked to be between easy and moderate. One of the features of this trail is that at its end, there is a waterfall. Since it is in the desert, the waterfall is seasonal.
As you continue with the drive along the loop through the Red Rock Canyon, it would be good if you could stop at some of the view points and see the various views and sceneries from the areas. You will be amazed at how beautiful the earth was formed.
If you find the features that are found within the Red Rock Canyon, interesting and you want to explore more but you don’t have a mode of transport, you may want to go to a car rental and hire a car. There are also some tour packages that are specifically designed to visit this area. If there is one thing that you have to do while you still have life is to visit this great canyon. It will be worth every penny you spend.
The earth has many unique places that have been shaped by nature and look really nice. One of the places, that happen to be in the US, is the Red Rock Canyon. This is one of the National Conservation Areas of the US which is about 10 miles west of the state of Nevada. It is actually close to the Sin City, Las Vegas, adding to the many tourist attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. It is one of the places you should plan to go when you want to have a vacation or a sightseeing trip.
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has 3 main areas: the Lost Creek Canyon, the Spring Canyon and the Calico Hills. From whatever area you are in within this conservation area, you can have a great experience as you see various landscapes and rocks capes that were formed as a result of nature. We will look deeper into these 3 main areas and what they have to offer:
The Lost Creek Canyon – It is deemed to be one of the largest canyons. This canyon runs through the cliffs. The canyon has a dirt road which is 20 miles in length. This road passes through a colourful view of the rock formations of the canyon. Making a trip on this road to view the beauty and scenery of the canyon is worth the while.
The Spring Canyon – This canyon has a beautiful waterfall which looks much better during the monsoon and winter months. This is because there is rainfall and the water flows gracefully. This canyon has been recommended by mainly as a great spot for having lunch picnics. The canyon can be a tourist destination on its own.
The Calico Hills – The view of the Red Rock Canyon from these hills is just awesome. The hills also provide for rock climbing activities. The rocks in this area have a wonderful red colour because they are made from eroded sandstones which are red in colour. The hills have specific trails that can be followed when taking a hike. For a great view of the Sin City and the Casinos that it comes with, the hills will provide great vantage points for this. There is also the Calico Basin within these hills.
There is no need for using hiking or special mountaineering accessories when one wants to explore the Lost Creek Canyon, the Calico Hills or the Spring Canyon found within the Red Rock Canyon. All that is needed is a willing heart and confidence. However, if you intend to scale some of the heights in this area, you may want to train and have the right equipment to do so just to be on the safe side.
The Red Rock Canyon has a lot of beauty which is hidden. Being a rocky desert location, you may come across harmless reptiles and insects. However, there are some insects and reptiles which may be dangerous. It is always advised that caution should be taken when doing these explorations.