Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Mel! Watch out for the BIKER!
I have been to Las Vegas so many times that I have lost count.  I didn't know this place existed 'til Mel suggested we hike it when I'm in town for the Thanksgiving weekend.

I couldn't get a hold of a car to borrow nor did anyone (namely my brother) want to wake up early to drive me to Mel's house.  Mel is so awesome...she offered to pick me up from my uncle's home in Henderson...totally out of her way and in the opposite direction of where we were headed. 

The morning was great...skies were clear and blue, the sun was shining, and it wasn't too terribly cold for late fall.
Life is a highway...
  As we neared Red Rock Canyon, Mel pulls off the highway and we both get our mugshots with the sign. 

We made a quick stop at the at the visitor center to get trail maps.  We chat with ranger on duty.  Mel joked if there were a missing persons report for 2 Asian women, just look for her prison inmate orange outfit...man it sure was blindingly bright!  LOL!

After 2 photo stops at Calico Hills parking 1 & 2, we  cruised the 13 mile scenic loop and parked the car at Sandstone Quarry.  The Sandstone Quarry parking lot is the trailhead for Turtlehead peak and Calico Tanks.  We verged right on the trail to get to Calico Tanks. 

Since we had an early start, the early stages of our trek was shaded by the Calico Hills.  The trail wound along a dry stream bed, at least I think it was a stream bed.
  Further along the trail, we scrambled and climbed rocks.  At one point, Mel paused to construct her rock monument...carefully placing each rock so as not to make the whole structure fall.  We had so much fun crawling into nooks and crannies and hoped nothing creepy crawlies were hiding there too!  There were no signs to indicate the trail so we just meandered our way up and deeper into the Calico Hills but kept a mental note of the way we came.  Yay...more scrambling over and around boulders and trekking over slick-rock terrances.  There was a "staircase" of sandstones that other hiker were climbing.  We would have followed but we were running short on time.  We had lunch plans with Mel's mom and my family at the Salt Lick BBQ at the Red Rock Casino.  We quickly made our we back to the car and drove the scenic loop out of the park.

Apparently, the Calico Tanks Trail continues upward shortly after the sandstone staircase...oh well...gives me another reason to return to Red Rock and hike the whole trail over again. 
mellemel8 says:
this was soooo much fun :)
Posted on: Mar 20, 2008
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Mel!  Watch out for the BIKER!
Mel! Watch out for the BIKER!
Life is a highway...
Life is a highway...
View of Red Rock Canyon from the h…
View of Red Rock Canyon from the …
Breaking in my new hiking boots!
Breaking in my new hiking boots!
Mel...get you ass up on that rock!
Mel...get you ass up on that rock!
Almost there...
Almost there...
Phew...I made it!
Phew...I made it!
Me hoping that this rock doesnt t…
Me hoping that this rock doesn't …
Atop the tabletop rock
Atop the tabletop rock
View of Calico Hills
View of Calico Hills
Calico Hills
Calico Hills
Calico Hills...again
Calico Hills...again
Calico Hills
Calico Hills
Calico Tanks Trail
Calico Tanks Trail
Dry stream bed on the Calico Tanks…
Dry stream bed on the Calico Tank…
Cool rock ledges
Cool rock ledges
Mel blazing the trail...Ill never…
Mel blazing the trail...I'll neve…
Mel...the Daring
Mel...the Daring
Somewhere along the Calico Tanks T…
Somewhere along the Calico Tanks …
Following Bear Grylls survival tips
Following Bear Grylls survival tips
Taking shelter the Bear Grylls way!
Taking shelter the Bear Grylls way!
Mel scaling the rock ledges
Mel scaling the rock ledges
Gung ho Mel
Gung ho Mel
Following Mels footsteps
Following Mel's footsteps
On a natural high!
On a natural high!
Warming up in the sun
Warming up in the sun
Following the leader
Following the leader
Chillaxin in a cubbyhole
Chillaxin' in a cubbyhole
Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!
Are we still on the trail?
Are we still on the trail?
Slowing making my way down!
Slowing making my way down!
Dont look down!
Don't look down!
Getting a better vantage point of …
Getting a better vantage point of…
Taking a little cat nap!
Taking a little cat nap!
I hope there are no creep crawlies…
I hope there are no creep crawlie…
Along the Calico Tanks Trail
Along the Calico Tanks Trail
Hold on!
Hold on!
Luckily we found someone to take o…
Luckily we found someone to take …
Luckily we found someone to take o…
Luckily we found someone to take …
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