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Hiking in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, Part Two
April 27, 2015, 17:55
Filed under: Recreation

Day 2: Red Rock Canyon

On Wednesday (4/15), we headed west to Red Rock Canyon National Recreation Area. Our first stop on the ten-mile loop road within Red Rock Canyon was a formation of pink, red and yellow sandstone called the Calico Hills.

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Nice view of the sandstone.

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My mom and sister in the Calico Hills.

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yellow, orange and grey lichen.

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A cactus, possibly a cholla, with lovely magenta flowers.

After that, we continued along the road to the next trailhead, near the edge of the yellow sandstone, where there was once a small-scale sandstone mining operation. We hiked a bit away from the road here, but not too much.

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Evidence of sandstone quarrying in the early 1900s.

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More cactus flowers (prickly pear this time).

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Me taking the above picture.

Next, we continued farther along the route to a picnic area, where we ate lunch, and from there to the trailhead of the Ice Box Canyon trail, so-called because it is relatively cool, not because they make refrigerators there or something.

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Trees show this area is rather more moistureous.

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The view back to our previous location.

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See? lots of trees.

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Hematite nodule embedded in sandstone.

After that hike, which was our longest of the week so far, we left Red Rock Canyon and drove back to our hotel.

We had a great time at Red Rock Canyon, but it could have been much better if the map we had had been a hiker’s map instead of a scenic driver’s map, which was what was provided for us. But, we all had fun anyway.

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