Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon, road trip, and return

On the Thursday of our week in Las Vegas we drove out to Red Rock Canyon west of the city. It’s a very short drive from the city to the park. We drove the scenic road through the park and stopped in a few places to stroll. Red Rock is a more compact park than Valley of Fire, but it also offers many vistas of interesting shapes and colors of rock.

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Thursday’s trip to Red Rock Canyon and Friday’s road trip south

The layers are so clearly visible in some places in the canyon

The layers are so clearly visible in some places in the canyon

 

Turtlehead Peak, seen from an abandoned sandstone mine

Turtlehead Peak, seen from an abandoned sandstone mine

 

A swirl of color in the rock.  This one made me think of cheesecake with raspberry sauce.

A swirl of color in the rock. This one made me think of cheesecake with raspberry sauce.

 

Parts of the canyon were surprisingly green

Parts of the canyon were surprisingly green

We saw lots of agave plants like these

We saw lots of agave plants like these

The remains of a Native American agave-roasting pit

The remains of a Native American agave-roasting pit

On Friday we went for a long road trip down to the southern tip of Nevada, across into Arizona, and back. It was astonishing what a great variety of desert landscapes there were to see. We made it back into the city in time for dinner before heading to the airport.

We had an overnight flight back to Boston. It wasn’t a very comfortable flight, but we got home. The level of snow on the lawn was clearly down when we got back to Heather House. This winter dragged on horribly and it was really nice to get away to somewhere warm for a while. Being able to walk around in short sleeves and bask in the sun for a few days made it a lot easier to come home to the last lingering dregs of winter.

Sunset over Las Vegas.  The sun goes down fast behind the mountains.

Sunset over Las Vegas. The sun goes down fast behind the mountains.

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