Do you know there is a National Recreational Area 15 miles from Las Vegas?
Yes, you can hike and be surrounded by nature after a 45 minute drive from The Strip. I am referring to the Red Rock Canyon. I have wanted to visit this place forever. During my last visit to Sin City, my wish came true. I thought this was a desolated area in the middle of nowhere but all the conditions are set to make this an easy side trip. The road is in excellent condition, the visitor’s center is superb and the scenery is striking. Actually, the area receives 1 million visitors a year. Not as many as Las Vegas receive but a considerable amount enjoy a desert adventure.
The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations (there are also white or cream colored rock formations). A one way, 13 mile scenic road provides access to many of the features in the area. This is why I say it is really easy to navigate thru the park.
If you don’t have a lot of time (or if you visit in the hot summer months), you can just drive the road and stop at the visitor’s center to get a good understanding of the geological formations and wildlife you can encounter (like tortoises). Then, you can stop at the viewpoints to admire the scenery. This is what we did because we arrived pretty late during the day. However, if you want to get the complete experience, you need to hike some of the trails and jump around the rocks. I will need to do this some other time.
Here I am leaving you with some photos of the place.
Have you visited the Red Rock Canyon? Let me know in the comments section below.