Our recent visit to Las Vegas allowed us to see the desert in the fall. Red rock canyon was the highlight of our trip. We rented a car and drove out to the canyon, which was easy to get to after we figured out how we got lost. This is a definite trip that everyone should make. The scenic drive took us on a loop through the park. On the loop were several stop points, and we were allowed to travel at our leisure. Pack your hiking shoes or sneakers and get out of the smoke filled casinos. Plenty of hiking, walking and picnic areas for just about any person or just a neat place to go to rest and contemplate life. When you are there, you forget that Las Vegas, the metropolis, even exist. For anyone who appreciates natural beauty and being one with nature, Red Rock Canyon is for you.
Trivia: Red Rock Canyon is part of the Mojave Desert, which stretches out to the corners of California, Utah, Arizona and Nevada.The mountains in the Red Rock area were formed by a number of geological forces including fractured faults where the earth's crust collided over millions of years and fossilized sand dunes. Some cliffs reach up an astounding 3,000 feet. The sandstone rocks in the conservation area get their color from iron oxide. Over centuries the iron oxide built up, producing the vibrant, crimson color the canyon illustrates today. One of the more scenic parts of Red Rock Canyon is the Keystone Thrust Fault. Here, millions of years ago, two of the earth's plates collided with such force that part of one plate was shoved up and over the other. This created a magnificent contrast between grey limestone and red sandstone.
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