I am not your typical Vegas tourist. If my mom didn’t live nearby, I’m sure I would never go there.
That being said, there are things you can do in the Las Vegas area that don’t involve gambling, drinking or bright lights.
One of my favorites is hiking in Red Rock Canyon, which is only about 25 miles from the Vegas Strip.
Red Rock offers something for every fitness level. You could do some serious rock climbing, you could bring a bike (there are mountain bike trails, or you could just ride on the road), you can hike a 14 mile trail, you can hike a 1/2 mile trail, or you could just enjoy the scenic 13 mile loop through the park from the comfort of your vehicle.
My sister and I were looking forward to doing some longer hikes, however I managed to trip over a step on my mom’s patio the day before and injure my foot. That sort of put a damper on the hiking. We still managed to do several short hikes though, and we still enjoyed the beautiful desert scenery.
It was interesting to see the sandstone quarry where huge chunks of sandstone were cut out of the Calico Hills from 1905 to 1912.
The cost to transport the huge blocks of sandstone ended up being too costly to make a profit so after 7 years they gave it up.
We also checked out the petroglyphs.
They estimate that these petroglyphs are around 800 years old. I have no idea what kind of message they were trying to convey, but it is fascinating to see them.
Our final stop was the Red Spring Boardwalk.
The purpose of the boardwalk is to keep people from walking directly on the grasses that grow near the spring and damaging that delicate ecosystem.
It was easy to see how different this area looked compared to the more dry areas of Red Rock Canyon.
And sure enough, there was even some water trickling down from the spring.
And even a little bit of green!
The next time you’re in Vegas, I totally recommend getting away from the glittering lights on the strip and checking out some nature instead.
Now, if you’ve followed me for long, you know that I always like to pick up a little something on my travels to give away here on the blog. I know, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to travel, so you’ve probably all forgotten that I like to do this!
All I managed to pick up this time around was a magazine at the airport, but I’ve added a few other things to the prize that have a sunny desert sort of feel to them.
So in addition to the magazine, I’m including some Dixie Belle paint in Putty (a good desert hue), Haint Blue (not quite the color of that desert sky, but a pretty pale blue none the less), some Mud, a jar of the new Silk paint in Sun Kissed, some Easy Peasy spray wax, some Howdy-Do hemp seed oil and finally one of the new Dixie Belle La Petite brushes. This brush works really beautifully for getting into some tight corners. I’m not sure I would use it to paint, but it’s fantastic for waxing.
The rules: Simply leave a comment on today’s blog post to have your name thrown in the hat to win.
Your comment must be left on this blog post, not on Facebook or Instagram. You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!
I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Sunday, March 14, 2021 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $150, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, March 19, 2021 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
As always, thanks to Dixie Belle for providing the items I am giving away. Good luck!