There is a $5 entrance fee to the scenic 13 mile drive which is de rigueur. You can stop at the visitor center first, or last as we did, as we do almost everything backwards. They offer a self guided tour with telephone set which is quite informative and I do recommend you take it. They also have a small, non-profit gift shop with interesting seeds of flora found in the desert. Go for the Joshua tree...very unusual.
On the loop drive, you will see geological marvels, and the red color provides a beautiful contrast to the greyish slate and taupe colored rocks around it. It's a one way road with strategically placed vistas for picture taking or just stopping to feel amazed.
There are some picnic sites as well, but no one was picnicking that day. We did see an older couple with their folding chairs and a cooler comfortably seated, facing one of the more majestic rock formations.
There were also some fairly brave hikers making their way up some of the more friendly hiking trails. They do ask that you cover your feet and watch where you step. Make sure you are well hydrated. We took along 2 bottles of water, and some other soft drinks. Chuck managed to find a red rock with some petroglyphs which quickly became a treasured item. It now sits on my window sill in the kitchen. Imagine, 65 million years....
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From journal Romance in Las Vegas
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April 24, 2007
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July 16, 2000
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October 28, 2007
From journal Red Rock Canyon a Day in the Desert
by Katie Morgan
San Antonio, Texas
July 8, 2000
From journal Las Vegas, Nevada
April 28, 2005
The tour in question started with a trip to the Ethel M Chocolate Factory, which resulted in me eating far too many chocolates, so this was a great place to hike off those extra pounds.
The tour guide we had very informative and told us about the history and facts of the geology of the area. He was also keen to impart any knowledge of Las Vegas: where to eat, which shows to go to, and where the best gambling odds were. So, all in all, we learnt more than I had bargained for.
If you drive yourself, the hikes you can go on would be longer and more extensive. However, our tour guide knew all the little nooks and crannies and took us to see the Petroglyphs and to just the right spot to see the sunset in all its glory.
Now I know why this place is called RED ROCK CANYON.
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April 15, 2005
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Kimberling City, Missouri
February 14, 2005
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July 17, 2003
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