There is more to see in the Las Vegas area than just the casinos! From the front door of where we are staying we can see a ridge of intense red rock, which reminds me of the colors that surround Sedona, AZ. The area is called Red Rock Canyon and it has one of the most scenic drives in the area!
Red Rock Canyon
And it is only 12 miles west of LV! The area affords views of sandstone hills, rugged peaks and eye drawing canyons! So come along for our trip around the 13 mile drive!
On your way to the Red Rock your breath is taken away by the majestic Mount Wilson, and Rainbow Mountain!
Mount Wilson and Rainbow Mountain
Here is one more view…
A bit closer to the two
At the road into the canyon, there is a visitor center that lets you know what to expect, and you can pick up a map of the 13 mile drive. Our first stop after leaving the visitor center are the Calico Hills.
Taking the hiking trail down the slope to get closer, I find this unusual rock formation that folks were taking advantage of as a photo opportunity!
From the trail around Calico Hills
And, there are those brave folks who enjoy rock climbing, and this is available here too! Check out these four on the side of Calico Hills!
Heading away from this area to the Sandstone Quarry. I took a short walk and came across this rift where trees were rooted in the cracks in the rock.
Inside Sandstone Quarry
Continuing on further, we hit High Point Overlook, where the elevation is 4,771 feet or 1,445 meters. At this elevation, the temperature was a cool 80 degrees. From this overlook one can see the Las Vegas strip in the distance.
From High Point Overlook
Moving on from here we head on into the Willow Springs picnic area. A gentle wind kissed our cheeks as we wandered around.
Willow Springs area
Pine Creek Canyon is our next stop. In this area nestled between the mountains the pine trees meander along the canyon clearly following a water source!
Pine Creek Canyon
This short drive had so much to see, and looking back it took us about four hours to drive this 13 miles with all the stops we made! This is a definite must see if you are in the area!
Well, thank you for stopping by! Have a terrific Tuesday!
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