I accompanied my husband for a week of hiking before he attended a long delayed outdoor photography course in southern Utah. We began by flying to Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the friend we planned to visit there had a last minute family emergency. And much as we wanted to see the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show, we were not ready to be with unmasked people indoors for that amount of time. So, we kept to our hotel, and to the great outdoors, of which there is plenty to go around in this part of the world!
April 21 – Flying to Las Vegas
We could see the strip skyline from our hotel:
April 22 – Red Rock Canyon
As we drove west toward Red Rock Canyon, we could see a storm coming in…
We began at the Visitor Center, which has excellent outdoor exhibits that explain every category of natural and human history of the area.
Then, instead of being allowed to drive the 13 mile one way scenic drive to trailheads and viewpoints, we were asked to leave, as they were evacuating the park. We assumed it was due to flash flood hazard. Fortunately we had noticed nearby Calico Basin Trailhead, which was not closed. We waited in our car as the brief storm passed through, then hiked the Calico Basin and Red Springs trails.
In Calico Basin, it was lovely to walk among the cross bedded sandstones and spring flowers, to a small canyon. I heard, for the first time in many years, the descending scale of the Canyon Wren song, though I never did see the bird.
As we walked the boardwalk around Red Springs, we saw more birds, flowers, and interesting rocks, all the while being serenaded by violin music from an ongoing wedding.
We decided to check the park entrance again, and it had just reopened, so we drove the Scenic Loop, stopping for views at the High Point Overlook:
Then we drove into the Willow Springs area, and took two short walks into the rocky landscape.
First, the Petrogyph Trail:
Next, we walked a labyrinthian maze to Lost Creek:
Finally, we stopped at Red Rock Wash Overlook for a last view of the area.
We enjoyed our day in this beautiful landscape; and were next looking forward to a few days of hiking in southern Utah.