Red Rock Canyon

                              
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Red Rock Canyon has for a long time been one of the favorite places for locals in Las Vegas to get away from the city and do some hiking, sight  seeing or photography. In the past few years Red Rock Canyon has become also become a popular get-away place for many of the many visitors to Las Vegas

For students of geology the appeal of Red Rock may be the Keystone Thrust, one of the few places in the world  where the older strata lies over the younger strata. This produces the contrasts between the red sandstones and gray limestone's found in the Wilson Cliffs.
Pine Creek
For the Eco-tourist Red Rock Canyon is a prime example of both Mojave Desert ecology and Great Basin internal drainage. Some of the species of plants and several of the small animals found in Red Rock cannot be found anywhere else. 

There really is no best time of year to see this place but a visit in the late winter or early spring affords alternative visions of the area. What visitors during these cooler, wetter months will become aware of is how much water plays a role in supporting the unique ecosystems in Red Rock.

There are dozens of places and trails in Red Rock where you can see small streams, pools and waterfalls. Some of these places, such as Lost Creek, near Willow Springs (about halfway along the Scenic Loop) have running water for most but not all of the year such as in the summer time. Most striking and interesting are some of the ephemeral streams that flow during the winter and spring months in places such as Pine Creek and Oak Creek and then disappear. These places are on trails that are accessible outside of the Scenic Loop require some hiking. When the water is running hikers see small washes filled with cool often shaded streams and pools that are frequented by desert wildlife.
Horseback Rides in Red Rock Canyon
For most visitors a jeep tour of Red Rock can be a quick get-away from the city and educational - especially if you do not live in the desert. For trips that take longer we recommend a horseback ride. There are several kinds of horseback rides available in Red Rock and which ride you choose depends on what you want to spend and how much time you have.

  


 
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