Monday, December 21, 2009

Off the Beaten Path


Maybe you thought Vegas was nothing but a city of casinos and strippers.  Pawn shops.  Lights.  Buffets.  It is all of those things, but there is much more to this sleazy city than meets the eye.  One of the best attractions for those who want something different is the Red Rock Canyon.  A short drive from the city of Las Vegas, this National Conservation Area is well worth the $5 daily entry fee.  There is a brand new visitor's center.  You can enjoy this beautiful area without even leaving the comfort of your car, but plenty of hiking and climbing trails are available for the adventurous.  We didn't give ourselves nearly enough time to explore this desert wonderland.   I am certain we will be back.


In order to get to Las Vegas from Joshua Tree, one will drive through the Mohave National Preserve.  I really love this drive.  I always feel a bit like those suction-cup "Garfield" cats, looking out the window when I am lucky enough to be the passenger on these trips.  I just drool out the window, looking at the plethora of Joshua Trees, sand dunes, vintage train depots, and other desert visions.   On our way home, we even spotted a lone coyote, crossing the road in front of us.
 
 

 
 

6 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

Gorgeous

Wicked Witch of the West Coast said...

Red Rock Canyon is so beautiful. It's one of my favorite spots to escape the madness of Las Vegas. Just to drive out there for a couple hours after spending time on the Strip, it's so relaxing and refreshing to get away. And it's so close. Wonderful.

Red Fish Circle said...

Beautiful inspiring photos. Have a great holiday. I just shot some great photos of pelicans oceanside - hope to post when I get back. The ocean is aaaaahhhhhh.

ArtPropelled said...

Now that is a different picture to what I imagined when thinking of Vegas. Refreshing. I love your discription about the suction cup Garfields and am smiling at the thought of you all googley eyed watching the scenery go by. I would be the same.
Sweet bloggy friend, have a wonderful festive season and may all your dreams come true in 2010.

Desert Backroad Dweller said...

We must have crossed paths - me coming back and you going...

Beautiful pictures!

Happy New Year, karine.

kerri

DALSING said...

This Oklahoma girl loves your high desert photos. Deserts are my favorite painting locations. Nice and interesting blog you have.