During my trip to Las Vegas, I found out that Red Rock Canyon was only a 30 minute drive from the strip, so I had to check it out! I decided to book an excursion with Pink Jeep Tours, as they take you around the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, which is what I was most interested in seeing. They picked me up from my hotel lobby and brought the tour group to the canyon, where we hopped into their open-air pink jeeps. When we first took off, it was a bit of a rush as the wind was blowing through my hair, as we sped around in this high powered jeep.
We stopped at the National Park Visitor Center first, where you can learn more about Red Rock and the four themed element exhibits: earth, air, fire and water. The earth exhibit was my favorite because it had desert tortoises! There are also observation decks, where you can get an amazing full view of the canyon.
Next up was a drive to Calico Hills, which gives you a first hand clue on why the area was named Red Rock. The colors of the canyon were simply stunning, almost like what you would imagine Mars looks like. I hiked down into the canyon to explore a bit more of it before we had to move onto the next location, although to be honest I could have spent the whole day there. I want to come back during my next trip to Vegas and hike further!
The views in the next location, were out of this world, as I felt like I had jumped into an oil painting. I did not know where to look at first, as I was literally surrounded by beauty on all sides. There was a full panoramic view of the canyon and each part of it looked completely different. I couldn’t believe it! Our tour guide gave us some interesting background and information about the canyon as we all stood around in awe.
Afterwards, we went to Keystone Thrust, where one of the rocks in the canyon had prehistoric red hand prints left by natives, which has subsequently been labeled “Hands Across Time”. I didn’t even notice it until our guide pointed it out! He also showed us different plants and flowers such as agave. Before this, I had no idea what agave looked like, all I knew is that it is delicious in my margaritas!
Finally, it was time to ride the rocky gap road. Our guide warned us that the road would be very bumpy, but that was a an understatement. Everyone had a great time and a lot of laughs, as we drove along, bopping around the jeep. It was like being on a fun ride in an amusement park, although this ride was of course surrounded by jaw dropping scenery. It wasn’t easy taking photos since the ride was so rocky, but I did manage to let go of the handles long enough to get some shots in. Our guide also slowed down at times, so we could get some photos and explain more about what we were looking at.
Once we made it to the top, of course there was more spectacular scenery. I climbed on top of one of the huge boulders to get an even better view. We hung out, did some exploring in the area and then it was back in the jeep for another fun ride on our rocky gap adventure. On the way back to the drop off site, we encountered more fantastic views. I was so thankful that the jeep on this tour was open, otherwise it would have altered a lot of the scenery being stuck behind a window. The final leg of the trip really was the perfect way to end a great day.
**Thank you Pink Jeep Tours for providing my tour. As always, my opinions are my own.