Less than 30-minutes drive from Las Vegas, within the Mojave Desert, sits the staggeringly beautiful Red Rock Canyon. Follow the main road and take in the multicoloured rock walls – a photograph opportunity around each bend, take a 4×4 and go off-roading into the canyons or explore one of the many hiking trails, each one offering different challenges and chance to learn more about the history of the land you walk on.
A single 13 mile (21 km) loop takes you around the park as the striped canyon slowly grows in height alongside you, drawing you into its embrace. Today, I was not taking the usual Red Rock Canyon tour that laps the park; I was buckled into one of Pink Jeep’s iconic Pink Jeep Wranglers and ready to get off the main road and into Rocky Gap, off-roading into one of the canyons.
Over the next three hours our small group – just five of us including myself – enjoyed John, our drivers, insight into the land we were passing through.
We saw desert tortoises, including the huge Mojave Max, and desert cottontails at the interactive visitors centre, learnt about how the canyons were formed, were jostled over the terrains as we went off-roading and even got to see the site of an old sandstone quarry – thankfully only lasting a few years in the early 1900’s, though evidence of their presence on the land is still able to be seen as you see the straight lines where the stone was cut along the canyon’s edge.
‘A picture says a thousand words‘ so I’m going to let mine speak and show you the beauty of Red Rock Canyon.
Now it’s over to you
What natural landscape would you most like to see?
Have you visited any of Nevada’s State Parks?
- 4-hour tour in a comfortable shuttle bus and the Pink Jeep Wrangler, with experienced driver and guide
- Complimentary water
- All fees into the park included
- Small groups (my tour had 5 people, including me!)
- Complimentary hotel pick-up and drop-off
I recommend you bring the following items with you to ensure you have a comfortable tour;
- Water (though water is provided it’s nice to have your own)
- Closed toe shoes, preferably sneakers or similar
- Poncho/Rain jacket/Waterproof/Jacket – just in case there is rain/you are cold
- Your camera!
This particular tour – the Rocky Gap Adventure – is not recommended for mobility impaired, those who experience extreme motion sickness or those who are pregnant. The Red Rock Canyon Classic Tour may be a better option for you.
Planning your own trip to Las Vegas?