Red Rock Canyon - Las Vegas, Nevada

Not far from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas strip, you will find The Red Rock Canyon with idyllic mountain views and a fascinating history

Whenever I go on holiday, the thing I love doing more than anything is going on excursions and exploring the destination and seeing more of its culture, scenic locations and getting to chat with the locals. As I said previously in my Skydive post here, there's so much more to Las Vegas than casino's and nightclub's. The 4 mile neon Vegas strip is only a short drive away from a true natural beauty, The Red Rock Canyon. 

Last year when I visited Vegas for a week, I never got to fit in visiting The Red Rock Canyon as I did day trips to two other nearby states, California and Arizona and I conquered the entire 4 mile strip on both sides, starting from The Stratosphere and ending at the Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas sign, which was exhausting in the desert heat.

So this year my 10 day trip began with a tour of the Red Rock Canyon. I booked the trip with Viator, an excursion app (the link shows the actual trip and company I went with). A shuttle picked me up at my hotel and then the friendly tour guide drove us to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to read about its history before we began the 13 mile scenic loop of the Red Rock Canyon. 

I picked the 6 hour standard tour which included scenic stops at the Calico Hills, Spring Mountain State Park, the Indian Roasting pits and the Willow Springs Petroglyphs. While we were at the Spring Mountain State Park we sat down and ate lunch surrounded by beautiful greenery and mountains it was amazing. I am annoyed at myself for not filming much on the tour as I was too focused on taking photos, chatting to other tourists and taking in the beauty of the place.

As my boyfriend comes to Vegas every summer for work, I went on the trip alone. But it was great as the tour was with a small group of people and they were so lovely, everyone got on really well. There was a family from Singapore who were the sweetest, we kept taking each other's photos at the scenic stops. There was also a Canadian couple and a retired Californian man, who I sat down and had lunch with and they were all so friendly, we just sat in the desert sunshine surrounded by Nevada's visually stunning natural landmark and shared stories with each other, while we tucked into our free lunch box. Our tour guide was fantastic, (I feel terrible for forgetting his name, you can see him in the photo wearing an orange top), he knew everything and told us lots of desert survival tips, it was great because it was only a small group tour so we all got personal attention and got to find out all the amazing things he has done in his lifetime. Sadly when the trip came to an end, we were all dropped off at our different hotels and had to say goodbye.

You can find all my travel photos on Instagram, @sian.victoria.travels.

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