Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

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    Outstanding Desert glimpse

    by astarte00 Written Jul 30, 2006
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    The first time I went around the Red Rock Loop was well before it became such as destination for those outside the locals knowledge. Even with having to time your trip for crowd reduction its well worth "shooting the loop"

    Quite frankly, a trip to Vegas is not complete if I do not make it out here, but then again I'm not really one of the casino only crowd. I much prefer being in the outdoors...

    It's best to hit this area during the weekdays during peak travel periods

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    Get out of town

    by 2SpiritBoi Written Jun 29, 2006

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    Red Rock Canyon is just 15-20 minutes west of Las Vegas. It is a beautiful little natural preserve with a 13 mile scenic drive. The easiest way to get there is to take Charleston Boulevard and head west; you'll follow the signs and turn right into the park. Keep an eye out for burros along the road! I think that the entrance fee is nominal, like $5 per car or something like that. There is a senior citizens discount also. Oh yeah-- rent a car to get out here, instead of taking a tour. That way you can stop where you want for as long as you want- because you will want to explore far more than what a tour will allow for!

    Sunsets are particularly spectacular over the White Mountains, and there is a special car park along the highway further west of the park entrance that give a clear view.

    Stop in at the visitor center to see the wildlife exhibit, and to pick up a map of the trails. Each trail is marked with the length and difficutly. Remember that the sun sets quickly in the canyons, and the temperature drops quickly, so be prepared.

    There are many good areas to rock climb, but as always, do so safely and under the guidance of a professional or with the proper gear.

    ***TAKE PLENTY OF WATER*** This is, after all, the desert.

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    Interesting Canyon

    by Coonnie Written May 8, 2006

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    Just enjoying the views
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    We rented a convertivle.....Of course the only way to enjoy the outdoors. Drove through the Canyon and up into the mountains. During April and March there is still some snow up there in the mountains in Nevada.

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    by al_mary Written Sep 29, 2005

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    The most significant geologic feature
    of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone
    Thrust Fault. A thrust fault is a fracture
    in the earth's crust where one rock plate
    is thrust horizontally over another.
    13-Mile Loop Drive offers sightseeing,
    vistas and overlooks. A popular hiking
    trail is into Pine Creek Canyon.
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    by al_mary Written Sep 29, 2005

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The most significant geologic feature
    of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone
    Thrust Fault. A thrust fault is a fracture
    in the earth's crust where one rock plate
    is thrust horizontally over another.
    13-Mile Loop Drive offers sightseeing,
    vistas and overlooks. A popular hiking
    trail is into Pine Creek Canyon.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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    Red Rock Canyon #1

    by al_mary Written Sep 29, 2005

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The most significant geologic feature
    of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone
    Thrust Fault. A thrust fault is a fracture
    in the earth's crust where one rock plate
    is thrust horizontally over another.
    13-Mile Loop Drive offers sightseeing,
    vistas and overlooks. A popular hiking
    trail is into Pine Creek Canyon.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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    by al_mary Updated Sep 29, 2005

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    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    The most significant geologic feature
    of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone
    Thrust Fault. A thrust fault is a fracture
    in the earth's crust where one rock plate
    is thrust horizontally over another.
    13-Mile Loop Drive offers sightseeing,
    vistas and overlooks. A popular hiking
    trail is into Pine Creek Canyon.
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    A two-mile round trip hike leads to the ruins of a
    historic homestead near a running creek, surrounded
    by large ponderosa pine trees and other water-loving
    vegetation growth.

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    The Mojave

    by bugalugs Updated Aug 4, 2005

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    Red Rock Canyon (Calico Hills)

    Red Rock Canyon is in the Mojave dessert and if you have a car available when you visit Las Vegas then try and drive up here. Only 17 miles west of Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon has a 13 mile scenic loop. There are lay- byes where you can stop to take pictures and admire the view.

    West of Las Vegas Charleston Boulevard (North of Sahara Avenue), follow Route 159

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by bugalugs Written Aug 4, 2005

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    It is $5 to enter this state park with your car. There is an information and park shop with exhibits and some lovely things for sale. Arts and crafts, books. I bought two cacti in a box. One of the cactus keeps producing lovely white flowers.

    There are picnic areas here, toilets, vending machine with cold drinks, but no food on sale.

    The magnificent backdrop of the canyon has been used for many films over the years. In fact in 1932 Boris Karloff's The Mummy was partly filmed here.

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  • More than just casino's

    by dutchguy001 Updated May 16, 2005
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    Most people will visit Vegas just for the casino's and the city itsself but there is more. Around Vegas there are several things you can do which are worth the while.

    I went to Red Rock Canyon on sunday morning, which is a 20 minute drive from my hotel just off the strip.

    For someone from Europe, and especially for me from the Netherlands, the view is incredible. Because our country is completely built up (or almost completely), you cannot imagine the view you can see elsewhere in the world.

    Red Rock Canyon is one of those views, the scenery is serene, beautiful and filled with peace. They have a scenic drive of about 15 miles which takes you through the canyon. It costs $5,- per car so for the price you don't have to leave it. It's cheaper than going up the Eiffel tower in Vegas. You just need a car.

    A few tips, get a convertible, like I did, it will boost the experience of freedom for which the US is so well known.

    Bring enough water for the trip. After you've entered the scenic drive, you cannot get anything.

    Bring lunch, on three quarters of the way, there is a beautiful camp site where you can have lunch (your own lunch of course) at the foot of a mountain.

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    Gorgeous Canyon Just A Few Miles Away

    by jltan Written Apr 30, 2005

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    Red Rock Canyon

    Red Rock Canyon sits in stark contrast to the hustle-bustle of the Strip... If you want an afternoon of communing with nature (or if you want to take a break from the casinos and shows), this is the place for you.

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by Jtodd Updated Jan 30, 2005
    Red Rock - approaching from the south

    It may be a good thing that not many people know about Red Rock.....it keeps the crowds away. It is really an amazing site and a great place for a hike or mountain biking.

    I usually take Blue Diamond road off the 15 freeway and then it is about a 20 minute drive.

    Watch out for the wild burros. They look cute but they'll take a finger if you try to feed or pet them - not that you'll usually be able to get very close. They are the descendents of the burros that worked local mines.

    You might also see some wild mustangs near the town of Blue Diamond. They sometimes graze on the baseball field.

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by Gage17 Written Jan 16, 2005

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    My friend Jay near the Calico Hills in Red Rocks

    Absolutely gorgeous! The vivid colors within Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area with blow you away. There is a fantastic loop drive if you simply want to view the fantastic rocks, and there are numerous trailheads from which a world of desert exploration could begin.

    What first amazed me about this place was the vegetation - the hardy scrub on the desert floor, the moist ferns in the cool canyons, the random placement of conifers. And yet still, it continues to impress me.

    After several visits, I remain overwhelmed with how many trails there are, and a wide range at that - loop trails, mountain climbs, rock scrambling, pet or child-friendly routes, and canyon routes. Something for everybody!

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by Andraf Updated Jan 15, 2005

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    A half hour drive from Las Vegas Strip is a place that seems a world away. Forget the neons, the smoke, the gambling and enjoy the nature at its best in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. You will need a car to get there and the $5 entrance fee, but I believe it's worth seeing this place. The landscape is beautiful, with its grey limestone and the bright red sandstone rock formations (hence the name). A 13 mile one way scenic road loops around the area. You can enjoy some short hikes and good rock climbing. We were there on a weekday and there weren't many people around. I imagine this place is a lot more crowded on weekends.

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    Red Rock Canyon

    by goingsolo Written Dec 5, 2004

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    Red Rock Canyon

    One of the best things about Las Vegas is that you sure can get to a lot of great places from here. I'm kidding about that, but when you're sick of buffets, booze and big time gambling losses, there are a host of recreational opportunities less than an hour away.

    Red Rock Canyon is one of the most popular. This National Conservation Area is a land of sculpted red rocks, trees and mountains in the background. A 21 mile loop road crosses the area and provides numerous viewpoints to stop and look at the scenery. Numerous sightseeing, hiking and ATV tours are offered from the Strip as well. But the biggest sports related draw is the great rock climbing of all levels that is available here.

    To get to Red Rock Canyon, take 95 north to Charleston Boulevard, head west and follow the signs.

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