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Black Diamond Things to Do

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    by joiwatani Written Sep 14, 2008

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    Since my daughter had a hard time walking and I was lazy to carry her around, we decided to take my brother-in-law's SUV all the way to the foot of the mountain where the board walk starts.

    It was still quite a walk but it wasn't that bad. My husband and my daughter Sierra went all the way to the water fall.

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    by joiwatani Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    It's really good to stop your car and go to the view deck and appreciate God's creation of the red rock. It's a beautiful sight! You wonder, how could this rock be huge and so red?

    When we got there, there were some visitors doing the same thing: taking pictures of the great big red rock!

    My daughter was learning how to use her slippers so I had to hold her hands on the pebbled view deck. Once in a while, a tiny rock gets into her flip flops and she gets irritated. She dragged her slippers as if they were sledge!

    The sun was hot but absolutely okay with me. The red rock was so bright!

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    by joiwatani Written Sep 14, 2008

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    The road leading to the waterfalls in Black Diamond is pretty rough- mostly rocks. It is best to rent an SUV instead of a car because it is really bumpy out there!

    Besides, you can carry all your stuff in there like ice chest where you can bring your water, sandwiches and snacks!

    There is a rest stop where you can use the bathroom but there are no stores there.

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    by joiwatani Written Sep 14, 2008

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    The road leading to the waterfalls in Black Diamond is pretty rough- mostly rocks. It is best to rent an SUV instead of a car because it is really bumpy out there!

    Besides, you can carry all your stuff in there like ice chest where you can bring your water, sandwiches and snacks!

    There is a rest stop where you can use the bathroom but there are no stores there.

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Black Diamond Warnings and Dangers

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    by joiwatani Written Sep 17, 2007

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    There are rattle snakes lurking and resting behind bushes where it is cool in mid-afternoons. I was told by locals that they hide in caves where they rest. I haven't seen any on our trek towards the waterfall but I was very watchful!

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Black Diamond What to Pack

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    by joiwatani Updated Oct 5, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Carry a backpack and bring extra clothes if you are walking to change later on and not driving. Also, bring bottled water.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear comfortable shoes and wear light clothes. Wear hats, caps and sunglasses

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I can't think of anything.

    Photo Equipment: Just your regular camera.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Not Applicable unless you plan to camp there.

    Miscellaneous: I can't think of anything else - maybe snacks to eat later!

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Black Diamond Off The Beaten Path

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    by joiwatani Updated Jan 19, 2013

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    It is so amazing to discover that there is actually a waterfall that is not man-made that can be found in the desert!

    Yes, there are so many man-made waterfalls in Las Vegas like the huge waterfalls made in Wynn Hotel, the man-made lake found in front of Belagio Hotel, the waterfalls in front of Mirage Hotel and the stream that goes down paralleling the "strip".

    You can discover this waterful by going to Black Diamond! This is a small town, about an hour drive from Las Vegas.

    The drive is very scenic - there are red rock formation and the mountains are red! I was told that a million years ago, this area was part of the sea...

    There is a trail close to the mountain. There are streams flowing from the waterfall. If you follow the trail, you will find a small waterfall!

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    by joiwatani Written Sep 14, 2008

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    Favorite thing: If you are in Las Vegas for a week, make a plan to take a side trip to Black Diamond, Arizona. It's about 45 minutes south of Las Vegas. Make sure to go there early in the morning so you can beat the hot scrouching sun!

    The best way to get there is to rent an SUV and pack your bottled water and snacks. Make sure to bring comfortable walking shoes, too. That is, if you are planning to get closer to the waterfalls. Wear light cotton clothes, hats and sunglasses!

    If you have children with you, make sure that they go potty on the first rest area you will see going to the Red Rock. Otherwise, they will be going to the bushes and pee!

    Don't bring stroller either. The paths are rocky.

    The walk towards the waterfalls is very nice and it is really wonderful to see water and much more, a waterfall in the desert!

    It was a fun day for us. Our travel time was about 50 minutes, and another 30 minutes on the view deck, and another an hour and a half for a walk back and forth to the waterfalls!

    Fondest memory: The drive was nice because we can see how great the big red rock was at a distance.

    The view is absolutely amazing!

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