on October 28, 2007
Hiking in Red Rock Canyon is a lifetime experience. Minutes from Las Vegas, it's a totally different world. The entrance fee is only 5 bucks, or free if you have a national parks pass. Just inside the park is a visitor center and gift shop. There is a 13-mile scenic loop drive, with 19 different hiking trails you may turn off at along the way. Each of these hikes are rated from strenuous to easy. We went during late October and the weather was perfect, around 80 degrees with plenty of sunshine. It is important to bring water with you because it is so dry. It is said to be wild burros roaming about the park, but I've yet to see one. There are pictographs made by early native Americans that have once inhabited this area. We saw pictographs off of the Willow Springs picnic area. It was a minute walk from the car. The views are spectacular. If you're into photography, it's best to go early or around dusk, and you will have no problem finding subjects. Everywhere you turn are photo opportunities. Besides hiking, there is rock climbing and picnicking. I enjoyed just watching the rock climbers. Good walking shoes, water, and sunscreen are highly recommended. The trails are very rocky and rugged, even the easy trails, due to loose gravel. I highly suggest this park for a family vacation. If you're in Vegas, stop by Red Rock for a wonderful day or a few hours. It is a refreshing change from the whole dark, smoky casino scene.
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