Red Rock Canyon

Who would have ever thought Las Vegas had good hiking?!

Red Rock Canyon is only a 25-minute drive from the strip. It’s a conservation area surrounded by large red sandstone rock formations with a great variety of hiking trails to explore.

You know me, I love being on the trails!

The vegetation was so interesting to look at, very different from the plant life in the Midwest.

If you look closely, you might find some flowers. I loved the yellow, orange and purple combinations scattered throughout this area.

Ever see a prickly pear cactus in bloom?

Lots of desert palms.

This one could be an agave.

Plants growing out of cracks in the rocks… in the desert.

Speaking of red rocks, they were just as awesome to investigate as the vegetation and trails!

Even the views in this valley were stunning.

The mountains surrounding this valley were cool to explore too.

After such a fabulous day of hiking, I highly recommend stopping at Le Burger Brasserie inside the Paris casino for the Eiffel Tower Onion Rings – they are THE best post-hiking snack! It has become our routine every time we visit Vegas and Red Rock.

Some advice if you go hiking at Red Rock Canyon: bring sunglasses, sunscreen and comfy shoes to navigate the trails. Oh yea, your camera too. You never know what you’re going to find on the trail.

14 comments

  • Beautiful scenery…I’ve always loved the red rock color…so different and contrasting to the sky! And I want one of those onion ring towers with a beer – sweet! Will have to add that to my list for our vacation!

  • Brings back memories of AZ!! All that dirt and red rock-lol! Hope you didn’t come across any snakes or scorpions:(

    Awesome footage!

  • Just gorgeous. I’ve never been hiking out there but would love to go someday! I see there’s a new pair of chucks in those pictures-the blue suits you!

  • Beautiful!!! You take very good pics also girl. I love the red rocks. I think I would have to frame those pics. How wonderful. The flowers are just —-there! Can’t even put it into words.
    So glad you two had a wonderful trip. I’m jealous!
    Have a great day

  • Thanks for sharing your trip. Makes me want to go somewhere sunny.
    BTW, how did those cute sneakers survive the red dust?

  • Gorgeous scenery! I’ve never been to that part of the country, but I’d love to go after seeing your photos.

  • Very cool pics, Terri. I’m using your blog as my Vegas travel guide mext time I go…

  • It looks like such an amazing place and it’s always such a wonder that the plants seem to grow out of solid rock. The onion ring tower looks yum, I love onion rings 🙂

    What great holiday snaps, you take a really good picture, both behind the lens and in front of it.

  • Gorgeous pictures (including the ones of you!)

  • YUMMY! I love onion rings! What a fun hike that must have been. I love all the photos although it looks a little too hot for me out there. I’m a wimp in the heat and need lots of trees and shade when I’m hitting the trails. 🙂

  • Red Rock is a gorgeous area…and I bet you had perfect weather too!

  • Hello Terri,

    Truly wonderful photo’s of the area. I am wondering what the temps were while you were there. I think the onion rings would have filled you up after your hike.
    Thanks for sharing part of your area in this big world.
    Happy days.
    Bev.xoxo

  • Awesome photos, thank you for showing some of the area’s natural beauty. As a Las Vegan and a gardener with a preference for growing native plants, I just wanted to let you know that those “palms/agave” are Mojave yucca. They’re very slow to grow and are important to our fragile desert ecosystem. We don’t have any native palms and agave is found farther south where the deserts get more rain, Sonoran/Chihuahuan deserts. Just thought I’d chime in for those who might be interested. Thank you again for the beautiful photos, glad to know you have found one of our local sources of pride (definitely not the typical tourist experience)!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. And thanks for the tip about the yucca! Great to know! I need to get a field guide on desert plants. I used to live in Las Vegas so we usually have an atypical tourist experience (especially since we don’t gamble). We would rather explore and enjoy the warm dry climate and vegetation.

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