on March 29, 2012
When ever we travel to Las Vegas, we try to mix in a trip out of the city for a little diversity. In the past we have gone to Ethel M's factory / cactus garden and The Springs Preserve. Both were excellant attractions. This visit my nephew suggested we go out to Red Rock Canyon. He often bikes out here from the university area of the city. He is not alone. We saw several bikers and hikers out today despite the over 100 F temperatures. Keep hydrated!Once you reach the park (National Conservation Area) you can follow a 13 mile Scenic Drive. There are parking lots and they request you not just pull over to the side of the road. That could injure plants and it takes decades for some of these Mojave Desert plants to regrown. Be sure to pick up a visitor guide if you plan to hike the trails. There are lots of warnings and safety tips included. Can you say rattlesnake? Trails are rated as to difficulty, pay attention to that before starting out.If you are like us, and hiking trails in the heat is risky, the drive through the park with ocassional stops is enough of a thrill. This is a beautiful place.
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