6 Reasons to Try the Red Rock Canyon Tour
If you're visiting Las Vegas, try a Red Rock Canyon Tour.
A Las Vegas vacation can be so much more than casinos and shows. Not far from the Las Vegas Strip is a chance to spend time in the stunning Red Rock Canyon. This is a great way to stretch your legs and let your eyes adjust to natural light if you’ve been spending too much time sitting at those mesmerizing slot machines. There’s no need to worry about how you will get there or what you will do when you arrive, because there are many tours available. Here are some reasons to try the Red Rock Canyon Tour.
1. Awesome Tour Guides
There’s no need to fear getting lost in the desert because your tour guide will take care of you. Your tour company will pick you up from your hotel, so you don’t have to drive to the park. Your guide will take you along the 13 mile path and will give you background information about the scenic Red Rock Canyon. Most tours will provide water, and if you are on a longer tour, you’ll also get lunch. These tour guides are passionate about what they do, and they will do whatever they can to make sure your visit was great.
2. Pick Your Own Transportation
Red Rock Canyon can be explored in many different ways. If your aim is to relax and take in some sights, you can choose a tour that will take you around the canyon by Hummer, large covered Jeeps, scooters, or even adorable scooter cars. These tours also allow you to get out and walk for a portion of the journey, so you can stop and take pictures. If you’re feeling more adventurous, horseback riding, hiking, and mountain biking tours are also available. There are options when it comes to length and tour difficulty, so you can choose the one that is best for you.
3. It's a Photographer's Dream
Get your cameras ready, because you’ll want to remember the beauty of the Red Rock Canyon forever. Most people don’t have to opportunity to photograph desert landscapes every day, and this is one of the best places to do so. There are a few sights you don’t want to miss. The Keystone Thrust is approximately 65 million years old and includes the extraordinary Wilson Cliffs. See the pictographs left behind by Native Americans and the fossilized sand dunes. Also, the wildflowers and desert plants are beautiful and cannot be found in many other habitats. Your tour guides know the best stops for pictures and will give you the time needed to get the perfect shot.
4. Learn Something New
Red Rock Canyon has an interesting history. It was once home to as many as six different Native American tribes because of the water, vegetation, and animals located within the area of the canyon. Some traces of their existence can still be seen today; this such as ancient writings, fragments of pottery, and roasting pits. The tour allows you to walk where ancient Native Americans once walked. Geology buffs will appreciate the formation of the rocks due to the fact that they were once under water and oxidation of the minerals that gives the rocks their familiar red color. If you’re lucky, you may be able to see some wildlife in the canyon. The canyon is home to rabbits, ground squirrels, burros, and big horn sheep. It is also a protected habitat of the desert tortoise. The tour guide will be able to provide you with much more information than you can find online.
5. See the Tortoises at the Visitor’s Center
Your tour is likely to take you through the visitor’s center. Here, you can learn more about the canyon, buy souvenirs, and see the tortoises that are protected by the park. There are currently two male and eight female tortoises in the habitat that are used for educating the public about the species. The gift shop features typical gift shop fare like postcards, trinkets, and clothing, but also sells pottery and photographs of Red Rock Canyon. If you’re deciding whether or not to make a purchase, consider what your purchase can do to help the park. A portion of proceeds from the gift shop go to programs which allow children to go on free field trips as well as provide the financial means to maintain the exhibits.
6. Explore on Your Own
If the tour happens to leave you wanting more, you can always return and do something different. Go hiking, biking, or mountain climbing on your own. A warning though: it can get very hot in the desert, so it is important to bring plenty of water and take necessary precautions if you are visiting without a tour guide. Of course, if you enjoy your vehicle tour, you can book another that allows you to see something different every time.
Many of these tours are very affordable and give you the full experience of the Red Rock Canyon. It might not be the first thing you think about while planning your Las Vegas vacation, but it is absolutely worth it.
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