On the outskirts of Sin City lies the lesser known – but still worthy of any hiker – Red Rock Canyon. Vegas has imitations of every other city – the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty, the pyramids, that’s kinda their thing.
Three years ago life was great, I had just turned 21, I was partying it up at night in Las Vegas, shamelessly making guys pay for my drinks, eating at buffets, and yes, even hiking in 110* heat. Not your usual 21st birthday activity, but we all know by now that I’m *slightly* obsessed with hiking and anything outdoors.
Red Rock Canyon hosts 26 different trails and loops within the desert canyon walls.
My family and I hiked Ice Box Canyon.
The trail was marked well and offered up all the desert has to offer. Lots of red rocks, heat, desert plants, and a few rock scrambles. The hike ended at a seasonal waterfall. We were not in season – season is December to April and we went in July – but we still saw where the waterfall should be, with the rocks and cliffs in a formation showing off their hidden waterfall.
The hike was easy to moderate until you get close to the hidden waterfall. You need to climb up some rock faces to get to the waterfall, making the hiking a little more strenuous.
This is an out-and-back trail, as many are in Red Rock Canyon. So everything you climb going to the end of the trail you will need to climb again.
After hiking at Red Rock Canyon, drive the scenic route around the conservation area to take in the views of the desert.
Whichever hike you choose in Red Rock Canyon, be sure to get out to site early, before the desert sun awakes, and bring PLENTY of water.
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