Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas, Nevada
Red Rock Canyon

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

To observe the true beauty of the high desert you should make the trip to Red Rock National Conservation Area. Head west on Charleston Boulevard about 16 miles from Las Vegas. The Bureau of Land Management operates a visitors' center where they exhibit plant, animal and desert life. Don't miss the drive around the 13 mile scenic loop as it winds through the colorful red rocks, Joshua trees and the unusually beautiful desert scenery. Admission is $5 per car. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center 702.363.1921

Leave the loop by exiting south onto Highway 159 (Charleston Blvd.) and go 3 miles to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. This lush piece of property became a ranch in the 1860s, and it was designated a state park in 1971. The red ranch house, has white picket fences, long green lawns, and a beautiful mountain backdrop, just perfect for a picnic. Admission is $3 per car. Open daily from 8-7. Ranch house open Friday and Monday noon-4, and Saturday and Sunday 10-4. For more information call 702.875.4141

Continue another mile on Highway 59 until you come to Old Nevada, a western theme park. Here the Wild West comes to life with gunfights and hangings staged in the street, silent movies, an opera house, museums, a cemetery and a minitrain that runs around the grounds. Admission $6.50 adults, $5.50 senior citizens, $4 children 5-11. Open daily 10:30-6. For more information call 702.875.4191.



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