A couple of weeks ago, as I was organizing my photo gallery, I realized that I’ve accumulated a year’s worth of back[b]logs. I have a couple more pending posts from our Labor Day weekend trip to Nevada last year (plus many other things thereafter), and this is probably the longest time I’d waited out on before sharing them here (beats sharing our Seattle trip from May last year that only took me six months to write about).
It was Sunday, and we had our entire day on our itinerary open, except to hear mass (we’re practicing Catholics) in the morning. We had breakfast at Egg Works before heading to church, which turns out to be popular amongst travelers and locals alike. The weather was pretty warm for an early morning start, so I wore a lightweight shirt and a maxi skirt to endure the imminent desert heat, but I did pack some workout clothes in case we venture outdoors later on. Thank goodness the church we went to was air-conditioned; otherwise, we would’ve died from heatstroke (not even kidding). Note to self: Avoid going to Las Vegas in the summertime at all cost.
Everywhere we went, Roan and I make it a point to visit a national park or somewhere resembling one (i.e., a state park or a national conservation park). We failed to do our homework the night before (as we were very tired from a trip to the Valley of Fire State Park and Hoover Dam), so we pretty much just winged it for the day. Roan found the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area (thanks, Google), which is only about 20 miles west of Las Vegas. So there, we went.
Roan and I made a quick stop at the Visitor Center to get a map, then we treated ourselves to ice cream sandwiches for snacks because (1) we haven’t had lunch; and (2) we could use some refreshments (just about anything, really) to cool us down. I also found some nice t-shirt and cap bundle at the Elements shop, so I got one to remember our trip.
I can’t quite put it into words, but going into the canyon was pretty remarkable. There’s something about being surrounded by boulders and sheer rock faces that makes you feel small and powerless, yet nature’s beauty remains fascinating. In spite of the relentless summer heat, we truly enjoyed the 13-mile scenic drive through the canyon. We stopped every mile or so to see the highs and lows of the canyon up close, and it was pretty amazing to be in the middle of a deep gorge.
With its close proximity to The Strip, I highly recommend that you make a trip out here when you’re in town. Either you drive through the scenic route like we did or venture out into one of the many hiking trails the park has to offer, spending a day here isn’t so bad. Coming here made us realize how interesting Nevada’s topography is, and one that isn’t much different from California’s.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
State Highway 159,
Las Vegas, NV 89161