Las Vegas, where the people never sleep and the partying doesn’t stop.

That’s not what I’m here to talk about today, though. I bring you Red Rock Canyon. It’s an extremely well-kept park and conservation area hosting massive canyons, easy to hard hiking trails and a one-way loop drive where you can view the scenery from the comforts of your own vehicle! It’s a wonderful day trip away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip.

A little bit about Red Rock Canyon. It’s in Nevada’s Mohave Desert which, for a start, is beyond cool. The Canyon was first home to Native Americans who enjoyed the security the cliffs offered. The ease of finding food and water in the surrounding desert was more manageable there, too. When hiking, you may even spot some past remnants of their lives in the landscape, bits of pottery or maybe an arrow head.

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I imagined Red Rock Canyon to be another tourist attraction soley bent on taking my money. It is Las Vegas, after all. I was very wrong. I was stunned by the massive size and beauty this part of the city offered and beg anyone visiting Las Vegas to make the journey out to the rocks to see it for themselves. The fee to enter the park is $7 which aides into the upkeep and maintenance of this part of the Mohave Desert. The journey from the strip is about a 25 minute drive by car.

Take a day off, visit Red Rock Canyon. You’ll be surprised by the calming nature and beautiful scenery waiting for you a short drive away from The Strip. It might just be the best thing you do while visiting Las Vegas.