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A Morning in Red Rock Canyon

Las Vegas Trip 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012

It was our first full day in Las Vegas and we both could already tell that this city wasn’t the place for us. We had tickets in the evening for the Blue Man Group, so we decided to spend the morning just outside of town in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.

Red Rock Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I like the red stripe across this mountain.

Striped by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

The bright red Calico Hills really stand out from the rest of the landscape.

Calico Hills View by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There were a couple of these signs along the road, but we never spotted a tortoise.

Tortoise Xing by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

I stopped to take a quick photo of this interesting cloud above the cliffs.

Swirl by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

When we stopped at the Willow Springs trailhead, I took the opportunity to visit some rock art including the Petroglyph Wall.

Petroglyph Wall by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

There were also a few red pictographs nearby.

Figure-8 by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Hiking along a well-defined path to find some more pictographs.

Path by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

A few faded pictographs under a small overhang.

Small Faded Lines by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Finishing the loop road in Red Rock Canyon.

Open Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

Back on the highway towards Las Vegas.

Red Rock Highway by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

We stopped at one last overlook for another view of the Calico Hills in the distance before continuing our drive back into the city.

Red Rock Overlook by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr

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