Friday, March 27, 2009
Las Vegas, Nevada: Red Rock Canyon
Casinos and hotels aren't the only thing to see in Las Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area certainly is worth a drive (maybe 20 miles west from the strip) if you are interested in interesting landforms, as the limestone and sandstone combine in unique ways. The rock shown at left almost looks a little gross, but that's what several centuries will do to a rock.
There's a 13-mile scenic drive in the area that has several interesting stops. Just remember that flash floods can take place in low-lying areas, and that it can get really, really hot. So bring plenty of water if you are visiting in the warmer months (it was 99 degrees in May when we were there).