Also known as: I’m sunburned after a winter in Alaska and one day in the desert, and water is wet.
Another cool thing just miles outside of the Vegas city limits: Red Rock Canyon. We spent the day exploring and hiking various trails off the Scenic Route loop. It’s a 13-mile one-way road that cuts along red rock to lower fields of desert wildflowers. There are trails galore from the road, making it nice and easy to pull off and hike, get back in the car and go off to the next place.
We spent the most time exploring the Calico Tank trail, walking and scrambling over sandstone and red rocks.
Red Rocks, viewed from the car on the way into the park and after the visitor center…
Mom and Bill (and Monty), acclimated to the desert and happy as clams…
En route to Calico Tanks trail (calico rocks). There are rock climbers somewhere on this face, and around the corner of this face, and around the corner of that face, and so on, and so on… Rock climbers everywhere!
Snapshots from the Calico Tank trail. We didn’t go all the way back to the tank (a pond of water, seasonally full). It started to become a bigger scramble and between heat and dog, we opted to turn back.
Two of my favorite pictures from the trail:
Post Calico Tanks, we drove to the High Point parking lot for sandwiches and a cool breeze. Then, it was off to the low country for desert wildflowers, petroglyphs and other rock formations (not all pictured):
I was humming the song ‘Lady of the Canyon’ by Joni Mitchell the entire day and this picture captured that feeling for me:
Despite sunblock application, I am one sunburnt canyon lady on my shoulders and chest. Whomp whomp! Every minute in the sun was worth it. This was an incredible experience, unlike anything I’ve seen before. I’ll be day dreaming of Red Rock Canyon for months to come.