Like bookends, Las Vegas is flanked by two amazing parks that offer camping, hiking, rock climbing and biking as an alternative to the glitzy scene on The Strip. We had visited Valley of Fire State Park, 45 minutes east of Vegas, back in 2015 and really loved it--one of our favorite places and not that well-known. This year we decided to try staying at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on the west side of town, and we are very glad we did.
Red Rocks is very popular with locals and visitors alike, being only 10 minutes from the west edge of the city and boasting its reputation as one of the top five rock climbing destinations in the country. We had to jump through some hoops to even get a campsite at Red Rocks, but we moved in and spent a week there. We have family in Vegas and we had visitors on several days, including lots of kids, so that was fun. We went hiking and bouldering a lot and I did some nice adventures for the Outdoor Project which should be published soon.
While we visited The Strip once, we never dropped any coins or played any blackjack. But we did get to see Vince Gill and Lyle Lovett do an acoustic show that was out of this world.
Here are some of my favorite shots of Red Rocks:
|After hiking 2 miles up this canyon, we could see Las Vegas from the top|
|Calico Tanks are small pools in the rocks of this canyon|
|Lynnae hiking the Pine Creek Canyon trail|
|Our campsite in Red Rock Canyon was spectacular|
|Hiking around Kraft Mountain |
|Driving the Scenic Loop Drive in Red Rock Canyon|
|Doing a little canyoneering around Kraft Mountain|
|Beautiful hiking in the canyon|
|Viewpoint from the Scenic Loop Drive|
|The beautiful Red Rock Canyon|