The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is located about 24 km (15 miles) west of Las Vegas, and easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip.
While in the area I decided to join the 2 million people per year who visit this place and drive the scenic loop looking for photo opportunities. Needless to say, I was not disappointed. If you look closely you’ll see that most of these photographs have people in them which does a great job of giving a sense of scale to these massive rock formations.
The keystone thrust is a hugely popular rock climbing and hiking destination. The area in general is also very popular for mountain biking and bicycle touring on the scenic loop.
As many as six different Native American cultures may have been present at Red Rock over the millennia. There are petroglyphs located in some of the harder to reach areas.
I never turn down a chance to visit the desert. It’s beauty is nuanced and it’s colors muted and calming. The sunsets are second to none and there is a quality to the dry air that sets me at ease.
If you ever have a chance to hike or even just drive through this area of the Nevada desert do not pass it up.