on May 5, 2008
If you want to get out of Vegas, but you don’t want to spend a whole day in the car, there’s an excellent experience to be had just 25 minutes outside of the city in Red Rock Canyon. Not only is there a landscaping wonder to behold there, you can also pay a visit to Red Rock Resort and Casino – just in case you hadn’t gambled enough and just wanted a change of scenery. I find the resort to be a great place to grab a bite to eat after a morning of hiking.By Vegas standards, Red Rock Canyon is a cheap thrill – only $5 gets a car through the gate for the entire day. Once inside, there’s a 13-mile, one-way loop that starts with the Visitor’s Center. And make sure to stop at the Visitor’s Center, because that will be your last opportunity to get beverages for your hiking endeavors, and also to use a restroom that is not an outhouse with a stool. So make good use of it!Mostly because we weren’t smart enough to get our beverages in advance, we drove the entire loop one time first (to go back to the Visitor’s Center for water) and then went around again, using the newsletter we were given when we bought our ticket to decide what we wanted to see.Along the loop there are several “stops” where you can park the car, get out, take some amazing pictures and even do some hiking. There are trails for both the faint of heart and the fanatics. I highly recommend stopping at the first trail at the Calico Hills. Once you see the rocks here, you’ll know where the name came from. The red rocks are huge, and lots of fun to climb on – both with your feet and with climbing equipment, if you’re so inclined. My second favorite stop in the park is about 6 miles in, and it’s the highest point on the loop, offering fabulous views of the rocks – they look like someone took a paintbrush and made a mistake with the stroke of a hand.
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