Red Rock Canyon – Vegas

May 30, 2015 at 5:39 pm (fine art photography, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Nevada, Photography) ()

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

First Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon

When my son and his wife visited me recently, they wanted to do some climbing at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.  While they climbed, I hiked.  Then we did the First Creek hike together.  I wish I knew the name of the flower in the foreground, but I can’t find it in my field guide or online.

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The campground was quite nice, and even had water.  It is an absolutely lovely area and wasn’t as overrun as I expected with it being so close to Vegas.

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Of course, early morning and late afternoon provided the “golden hour” necessary for rich landscapes.

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I even got up early enough one morning to catch the sun sneaking over the eastern mountains.

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This shows the classic banding of rock types in the area, with the red rock obviously being the park’s namesake.

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Deserts always create some interesting skies, don’t they?

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This is a climbing route off the First Creek trail (see the guy in blue?)  Ryan and Amy climbed it the previous day.

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You don’t need to hike to see the gorgeous rockscapes on the Scenic Drie.

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Pictographs at Willow Creek picnic area

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Cyclists love this section – they zoom (I mean ZOOOOOMMM!) downhill, the impetus carrying them a good ways around this curve as they go uphill.

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Rock Spring trail

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One afternoon there were layers of lenticular caps, indicating the upper atmosphere was even windier than what we were putting up with on the ground.  Just before sunset a marvelous and scary cloud built up with threatening rapidity, but then dissipated after the sun set.

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Stay tuned for flowers, birds and critters of Red Rock Canyon

 

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Images taken with Canon SX-50

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1 Comment

  1. pam said,

    Wow! I’ve got to get back out to the desert next year.

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