Monday, March 30, 2009
Day 1 Red Rock NCA!
Today we hiked in the Calico Basin area of Red Rocks National Conservation Area. After meeting our guests at 9AM at the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas, we drove out to the park approximate 45 minutes outside of the city. After filling our packs with water, we hiked along the Calico Hills trail, packed up a lunch and headed up to Calico Tanks. The trail took us through this beautiful little valley surrounded by red rock sandstone. Plenty of yucca, aloe, manzanita, and lizards were spotted on the trail. And at the very top, we stopped for lunch at a look out where you could see the Las Vegas Strip. It almost looked peaceful from that distance. After the hike we continued on the one way scenic drive through the rest of the park. It is a bit baron these days, as a fire went through the area 4-5 years ago and you can still see the effects. The cliff walls in the distance were very beautiful though. We'll continue on to camp at Furnace Creek in Death Valley tonight. I'm sure we'll hear coyote!