This article originally appeared in AAA Travel Views and has been modified.
There’s no denying that most people go to Vegas because you can pack in a whole lot of fun and get your dose of sensory overload in a very short period of time taking in the sights, sounds, shows, and of course, the casinos.
If you’re looking to experience something entirely different away from all the hubbub, or are in need of rejuvenating your senses, you don’t have to go very far.
Situated just a short, 30-minute drive west of The Strip is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area — an outdoor haven for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, mountain climbing, ATV, and Jeep tours. It is thought that the Pacific and North America continents collided millions of years ago to create the Sierra Nevada mountains and the red limestone now called Red Rock Canyon.
Locals and tourists can enjoy all the park has to offer year-round. Make sure to stop by the visitor center first to see the amazing panoramic views and gain some knowledge about the park before jumping right in. There are plenty of rangers available to answer any questions and point you in the right direction. If you're into hiking, be sure to pick up a trail map so you are well prepared to head off in the right direction.
One of the most popular activities is driving or riding the 13-mile scenic loop. You’ll see amazing red rock views, bicycle riders and, if you look closely enough, rock climbers hanging off the sides of mountains.
Many people come to check out the bighorn sheep, mule deer, burros, fox, Cooper’s hawks, sparrows, lizards and even large red racer snakes that climb trees. Plant and flower lovers are not left out either—native beauty such as wild rhubarb, mesquite honey, agave, alkali mariposa lilies and other plant life can be enjoyed throughout the park. And of course, there are many types of insects and spiders to be found because after all, you are in desert territory.
After your day out in the great outdoors, you will be ready to take on the town again – or will you?