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Red Rock Canyon

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Red Rock Canyon

Located a few miles away from Las Vegas lies a natural beauty that surpasses time itself.  According to Red Rock Canyon Las Vegas this canyon stretches across 195,891 acres within the rocky rugged Mojave Desert. It stands as a reminder to the amazing progress of geological evolution. Red Rock Canyon offers amazing sights into many geological structures from towering rocks to the vibrant colors. As a result of nature’s craftsmanship over millions of years people are left with a vibrant red masterpiece.

Red Rock Canyons vivid colors and stripes Photo by: Musement

When coming to Red Rock Canyon visitors can expect to see things such as the unmistakable rock formations and the sandstone cliffs sculpted by the hands of time. This is also complimented by the vivid colors ranging from deep reds and oranges to golden and earthy browns, creating astonishing patterns. Students at Shadow Ridge seem to enjoy the canyon very much. 

Freshman Alondra Limon explains, “I really did enjoy Red Rock Canyon, my favorite part was hiking and coming across old indigenous people artifacts, especially the early settlers artifacts. The vibrant colors made it a very cool experience.”

When visitors come to Red Rock Canyon they are encouraged by other visitors to take the hiking trails. These trials will lead visitors through the heart of the canyon offering views and opportunities for close encounters with nature and historic sights, such as the Native Americans who used to live there to the remains of the early settlers. Visitors should also be prepared to come across wildlife, bighorn sheep, desert tortoises, and many bird species may be spotted, however it’s important to remain a safe and respectful distance.

Creek at Red Rock Canyon Photo by: Chris Papenfuss Photography


Students who have seen wild life are always shocked and surprised on how it actually feels up close. 

Senior Adriana Gomez states, “I ran across a desert tortoise while on one of the hiking trails, I have seen them in enclosures before, it’s amazing to see them in their natural habitat.”

While enjoying the wonderful views and vibrant colors visitors should make sure to watch their step. Many insects and arachnids can be spotted around the canyon. Beetles, scorpions, tarantulas and butterflies can be spotted crawling and flying throughout the canyon. They can be spotted in vegetation zones inhabiting shrubs, trees, flowering plants and grassy areas. They can also be found around water sources like streams and springs as well as seasonal waterfalls. These areas provide vital habitat for aquatic insects like dragonflies, water striders and caddisflies.

I enjoy experiencing the views Red Rock Canyon has to offer to

— Alondra Limon

Students compare these experiences to a mini city system within the canyon.

Sophomore Luis Flores explains, “As I payed attention to the smaller insects I walked across I noticed they all have their own areas around the canyon, scorpions hang out around rocky areas while dragonflies buzz around tiny creeks.

Red Rock Canyon can offer many sights from wildlife, to historical sites, vibrant colors and insect eco systems, however it’s important to maintain respect for the ancient canyon and the story and sights that lie within.
 

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