If you find yourself in Las Vegas and are feeling overwhelmed from the intensity, noise and flashy gaudiness of the city, head to Red Rock Canyon. Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert about 20 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, this National Conservation Area is a beautiful and interesting place to explore.
The Visitor’s Center will provide you with all the information you need to explore the area. There is a 13 mile, one way scenic drive, and miles of hiking trails which are both great ways to see the Aztec sandstone and limestone formations. The intense colors and interesting landscapes are a dream for artists and photographers.
Be sure to stop at the Desert Tortoise Habitat at the Visitor’s Center to see some of Nevada’s state reptiles up close. There are many other animals to be seen throughout the park including burros, deer and a wide variety of birds.
Various passes are available at the entrance for a nominal fee. There are many areas along the scenic drive where you can park and take a stroll, have a picnic and enjoy the natural beauty, peace and tranquility of the park.
After all that hiking and fresh air, you’ll be ready for a good meal, so head to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon:
or Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill for a delicious meal.
And then, after a good night’s rest, get the heck out of town ASAP. 🙂
Stay safe and healthy,