Viva Las Red Rocks!

CIMG0170 300x224 Viva Las Red Rocks!Escap­ing the Strip

I attended the Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES) for three days this past week. What an expe­ri­ence. 120,000 peo­ple (mostly men) descend upon Vegas to see the lat­est gad­gets, acces­sories, appli­ances, and much more. After a cou­ple of days of try­ing to nav­i­gate the crowds, get­ting nearly blinded by all the screens and lights, and being com­pletely over stim­u­lated, I had to get my nature on.

I rented a car and head up into the hills west of the Strip to Red Rock National Con­ser­va­tion Area (aka Red Rocks). I got up late, around 7:40am (though this can be con­sid­ered early for Las Vegas stan­dards). I decided to climb up to the top of Turtle­head Peak, hav­ing read the trail offered panoramic views of the whole area.

The trail turned out to be more tech­ni­cal than I had planned on, requir­ing some rock climb­ing at times (I’d say about a 5.6, so noth­ing hard). At the top there was an inch or two of snow remain­ing from a recent storm, mak­ing the final half mile ascent rather slip­pery at times. I resorted to scam­per­ing over rocks instead of try­ing to gain a foothold on the slip­pery trail.

The weather was incred­i­ble – about 30 in the shade, 40 in the sun – and no wind at all. After snap­ping 360 degree pho­tos and sign­ing the guest list at the top, I headed down. Besides the snow, much of the trail is slip­pery with loose rocks and shale. None the less, it was a blast to run down. I leapt over shrubs, jumped off rocks, and slid down steep declines on the run back to the bottom.

I highly rec­om­mend vis­it­ing Red Rocks if you’re in the Vegas area. The rock for­ma­tions and red col­ors (hence the name) are absolutely stun­ning, and there are numer­ous trails of all vari­eties and difficulty.

It was just the anti­dote I needed to all of glitz of the Strip and convention.

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