I AM ADDICTED.....
Red Rock Canyon Travel Blog› entry 3 of 4 › view all entries
December 19th, 2008 – by: mellemel8
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.
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.
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.
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.
* 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.
* 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.
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!