Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Very cool to think something would happen to us in Vegas that we need to "stay" there. Most people go to Las Vegas having fun, but nothing so outrageous. I have been to Las Vegas through most of my adult life many times. Until recently, I never knew I could go hiking in Red Rock Canyon just 16 miles from Las Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon features a one-way 13-mile scenic drive and plenty of hiking. I did three hikes there loving every minute.
My last hike was a bit of a surprise. I hiked thinking I would find a river in a mile, only there was no river in site for almost 2 miles.
Finally, I was very glad to find a ravine with a hidden river. I sat under a tree, ate some lunch and took this video.
I was very pleased with the staff at the Gold Coast Hotel. They went over and beyond to ensure a pleasant and enjoyable stay. The front desk was flexible when I extended my trip three times to accommodate my hiking. The staff was very kind and it almost felt like home. They are not fancy but they make up for it with extra helpful staff. Everywhere I went in this hotel the staff jumped to help me.
The bellman was so sweet he printed out a copy of his favorite Red Rock Canyon Trail, turned out to be my favorite also. It is called "Calico Tanks". This is me at the top.
Just in case you don't have time to hike, there is a scenic drive well worth your time.
If you go to Las Vegas take a 15 minute drive and visit Red Rock Canyon.