Many people are tired and tired of daily activities such as work and housework. Of course, there are many ways that we can use to relieve fatigue, and one way is by traveling. When we talk about tourism, of course the city of Las Vegas is a mandatory thing that we need to pay attention to. There are lots of entertainment and tourist attractions that we can visit in this part of the city of Nevada.
One of the famous entertainment is a casino and elegant resort that is ready to pamper its visitors. But there are also interesting natural attractions that we can visit in Las Vegas, and one of these natural attractions is Red Rock Canyon.
Red Rock Canyon is a geological site designated as Nevada’s first national conservation partner. Located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip, Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. Because it is located a little away from the hustle and bustle of the city, the authenticity of Red Rock Canyon is well preserved.
This place itself offers entertainment that is slightly different from the entertainment in urban Las Vegas. We will not find game entertainment in this place, but the scenery and natural attractions will amaze every visitor. More than 13 miles for us to explore, and miles high for us to climb. Visitors can also ride horses and bikes to explore this place. However, most local visitors prefer to go on picnics and observe the natural scenery with their families. If you are tired after exploring this exotic nature, we can enjoy the exhibition at the visitor center and shop at the bookstore.
Red Rock Canyon itself was designated a national conservation area in 1990 by a special act of Nevada congressional delegates. If we calculate as a whole, this place is the seventh conservation area designated nationally. The law stipulates that the government will provide funds to protect and improve all aspects of the area.
The Red Rock Canyon national conservation area is usually visited by local residents and tourists both from America and foreign countries. It counts that there are more than two visitors each year who come to enjoy this spectacular view of the desert and rocks. Even some of them have made an annual agenda to climb the rocks which have been sponsored by BLM. BLM is the largest land administrator in the western continent that regulates policies for the use, protection, and management of cultural sites and natural resources.
We can come to Red Rock Canyon through many routes with approximately the same travel time, which is about 30 minutes. If you are using the GPS feature, then set 3205 State Highway 159, Las Vegas, NV 89161 as the destination. There is no public transportation that reaches this place, but we can use a tour bus or tour service from the hotel.
Visitors can come for tours all days of the week because these rocks are always open to the public. The operating hours themselves start from 6 AM to 7 PM but sometimes open until 8 PM. Especially for the visiting center, they are open from 9 AM to 12 PM.
If you come to Red Rock Canyon, make sure to visit the visiting center because there you will find various interesting things. Maybe the air outside will feel hotter when visiting in summer, but inside it will feel cool. You will find various spots that are suitable for resting, accompanied by many soothing fountains. The visitor center itself is divided into four parts, namely Earth, Water, Air, and Fire. Each of these parts has its uniqueness when compared to the others. You can find explanations about the history, geography, and even animal life in the place. One of the most interesting facts about Red Rock Canyon is the evidence that this place is 10,000 years old since humans discovered it. You can find various kinds of ancient art (petroglyphs) as well as former bonfires depicting the life of the natives of that time.
Lastly, if you’re lucky enough, you can see a turtle named Max that does live freely in the desert. Besides Max, there are also several female turtles that we can meet if we are lucky. Every few days, the workers will provide plants and water for the turtles’ nutritional intake.