I AM ADDICTED.....

Red Rock Canyon Travel Blog

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I am happy to see when i filled up my gas tank it was less than $20. I have not seen that before in a VERY long time. normally it is $25 or the last year was $35. I was a happy camper. i know this is will brief. I won't be surprised if it will jump back up to $4 a gallon again. *SIGH*



I wanted to go back to red rock to see how much snow has melted. I also wanted to take photos of Bobo. Since I forget to bring him yesterday, I did a short hike on the first stop. I am such a idiot I forgot to switch my camera battery. I did not take that much photos today. I am sad to discover that the snowman/snow woman that Melissa and i made was decapitated. *sigh* i knew that was going to happen. I drove up to towards the middle of the scenic route. the same snow man was still standing.
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i guess ours was not pretty enough to be preserved. HAHAHAHAHA.

 

Wow what a big change of scenery makes in one day. The landscape is very different. The clouds are fluffier as well. The colors of the mountains are different. I went the same time as yesterday. I dressed fairly warm. I drove the long way home through blue diamond.  What a lovely day in VEGAS.

 

DIRECTIONS TO RED ROCK NATIONAL PARK:

 

Charleston Boulevard: Red Rock Canyon is easily reached, as one of the busiest east-west routes through the center of the city leads directly to the park entrance - this is Charleston Boulevard, which crosses Las Vegas Boulevard (the Strip) a few blocks beyond Stratosphere, northernmost of the large casinos.
NO MORE SNOWMAN :(
The look-alike suburbia extends for a long way, as the road passes miles of seemingly identical shops and houses, and finally a number of large, luxurious walled estates. More of these are under construction and the most recent development is now just a few miles from the mountains - properties here are highly desirable and enjoy sweeping views in both directions, since the whole city of Las Vegas is spread out to the east, and the cliffs and canyons are visible to the west. The park entrance is 15 miles from the Strip via Charleston Blvd, though the 20 mile alternative route along US 95 and the Summerlin Parkway might be quicker, since this has no traffic lights.

 

The Park: After being dead straight for 13 miles, Charleston Boulevard bends to the left, becomes Blue Diamond Road (State Route 159) and climbs into the foothills.
It follows alongside the cliffs for a few miles while heading south, then curves back east towards the city. One elevated viewpoint (Red Rock Overlook) affords the best overall view of the cliffs, while for closer access there is a paved, 13 mile, one-way scenic drive (open from dawn to dusk), within the National Conservation Area boundaries. The area is administered by the BLM, although as with all other NCA sites, the National Park Service America the Beautiful Pass is valid, and a yearly pass is also available ($20). The standard entry fee (2008) is $5 per vehicle. The park has a good visitor center, plus a museum, book store and gift shop. Backcountry camping is permitted for areas above 5,000 feet elevation (ca. 200 to 700 feet above the scenic drive), and there is one developed campsite, along a short side road forking south off Blue Diamond Road 2 miles east of the visitor center.
This is open all year except from June to August when the weather is considered too hot for camping. Points of interest in Red Rock Canyon NCA include narrow canyons, seasonal waterfalls, petroglyphs and pictographs, while besides sight-seeing, the park is popular for hiking, rock climbing, canyoneering and mountain biking. ATVs are not allowed. Apart from the usual Southwestern creatures, wildlife in the area includes herds of wild burros, descendants of animals used by miners early last century.

 

Sites in Red Rock Canyon NCA: This is just a selection; the park has many overlooks and trails.

 

    * Calico Hills - the hills are a large outcrop of eroded red Aztec sandstone, excellent for climbing. There are several overlooks, and trails for the more energetic.
The top of the ridge has good views over the colorful Calico Basin at the far side, and of all Las Vegas to the south - as ever the distinctive shapes of the casinos are clearly recognizable.

 

    * Calico Tanks - the tanks (also known as tinajas) are natural cavities in the sandstone which hold water for some time after rainfall; they may be reached by a 1.25 mile trail starting at the carpark at the base of the Calico Hills.

 

    * Icebox Canyon - Icebox is one of many narrow canyons that drain the mountain slopes. A path leads up the drainage for about a mile, though more can be seen by scrambling off-trail, over boulders and up small dryfalls.

 

    * La Madre Springs - these are found in a ravine at the base of La Madre Mountain; a fairly easy, 1.
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5 mile path leads to the waters, starting from the end of the spur road to Willow Springs picnic area.

 

    * Lost Creek Canyon - this is the largest canyon through the cliffs, and it provides the only through route to the west side of the Spring Mountains. A 20 mile dirt track (requires 4WD) follows the streamway past more of the characteristic colorful, layered rocks, then across the western foothills to the desert town of Pahrump.

 

    * Pine Creek Canyon - this pleasant canyon features a permanent stream, large shady trees and the remains of an old dwelling, all accessed by an easy, 1 mile trail.

 

    * Spring Canyon - a narrow, sheltered ravine containing a short trail that follows alongside the creek bed to the base of a (seasonal) 30 foot waterfall, Spring Canyon is dry during summer although the creek does flow year round in one short section, where the waters rise up in a narrow, overgrown channel, trickle down the hillside for several yards then sink below ground again.

 
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THE HIGHEST POINT
NO MORE SNOWMAN :(
NO MORE SNOWMAN :(
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LORDING IT UP
LORDING IT UP
FROG!!!
FROG!!!
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Red Rock Canyon
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