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Calico Hills Color
14-JUL-2012 Bart Aldrich

Calico Hills Color

Red Rock Canyon NV

Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area.
Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159.
The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year.
The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust.
The Red Rock Area has a complex geological history, which over millions of years, helped to create the dramatic landscape that characterizes the region.
The walls are up to 3,000 feet (910 m) high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m).
In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon offers enticements of a different nature including a
13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store.

The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock Canyon NCA represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert.

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