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If Nothing Happens in Vegas - Take a Hike!

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.





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  • v WENDYWITKOSKI
    Red Rock is amazing! The highlight of our road trip last year!
    I will let you know when/if we go in the spring so maybe we can hike together.
    1746 days ago
  • v LIVINGFREE19
    Wow, that sounds like an awesome trip!
    I'm glad you enjoyed it!
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    1749 days ago
  • v CARLANNIE
    We went there last spring and it's absolutely gorgeous! Great place to hike and sight-see. Glad you enjoyed it.
    1749 days ago
  • v KLAD_COCKERS
    Absolutely breathtaking location for hikes! Wow! Thanks for sharing Victoria!
    1750 days ago
  • v LYNDALOVES2HIKE
    Red Rock Canyon is an AWESOME place to hike - let's plan a trip one of these days to stay in our place in Pahrump and hike Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley and some other awesome hiking areas around there!! It's actually going to be pretty icy for a few months but February or March are the soonest 'best times' to head out there
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  • v 1BEACHWALKER
    I called Bob in to see your blog! He loves to see the videos and pics to of hikes and places SPF's go to! Both of us LOVED it! That was pretty good, filming and climbing those rocks-and even keeping it steady! Beautiful area-loved the red rocks! I am ready to pack my bags and come on out! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1750 days ago
  • v CHERIRIDDELL
    How gorgeous Victoria I really enjoyed that !
    1751 days ago
  • v _LINDA
    Awesome vlog and photos! Surprised to see that oasis of green in the desert! I so wish I could have hiked the times I have been in Vegas, but not driving can be a pain. Really limits where I can go. I had gone by Red Rock when on a bus tour so enjoyed seeing some of it, but to get out and hike it would be the ultimate! Unfortunately, the bus tours I have been on where geared to seniors, so more shopping and commercial sites and very little time for exploring or walking around..
    Keep on sharing your hikes with us, look forward to them!!
    Have a Wonderful Wednesday!
    1751 days ago
  • v REMARAHAB
    Truly awesome! Thanks for sharing your hike!
    1751 days ago
  • v LAURELSPARK
    Sounds like a great place......glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself.
    1751 days ago
  • v TIME4COFFEE
    Stunning scenery and pictures!
    1751 days ago
  • v BJUMPINGFORJOY
    I am glad you enjoyed your hike.
    1751 days ago
  • v LESSOFMOORE
    Thanks for sharing!
    1751 days ago
  • v LORIDREX
    That was such a beautiful trail! Thank you for sharing it! I had no idea such beauty was there!
    1751 days ago
  • v TRULYVISIBLE
    It is so great that you hiked in Vegas. I only hit the shows and shop. You come home healthier and I come home poorer. Next time I will try this hike, thanks.
    1751 days ago
  • v IUHRYTR
    Central FL is so flat with a couple of exceptions but nothing near the sights you share with us. Makes me envious but happy you are able to enjoy these hikes and that you share them with us. -- Lou
    1751 days ago
  • v SAFETYSUE
    I have always wanted to go to Vegas and now know there are great places to hike. Were any of your hikes accessible for wheel chairs. Just need it to be wide enough for two people to walk side by side comfortably and not to steep. I have a power chair I use to get out off the main sidewalk trails. I am so thankful to you for sharing your hikes in video and pictures. I used to do a lot of hiking before falling from a fire engine and being paralyzed from the chest down. I was one of those who was outside from sun up to sun down, riding horses all over the desert here in eastern Washington. Love every trail ride and the smells of all the different sagebrush and wild flowers. The video is great, what a great way to spend those extra few days. I am sure you are so glad you did, and you made such great memories.

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    Comment edited on: 11/8/2011 6:29:03 PM
  • v FITNFUNJEN
    I grew up going to Vegas every summer because my grandma lived there. But I've never gone hiking there either. Thanks for a new idea for a weekend get-away!
    1751 days ago
  • v SPLASHDOG1
    I like that you extended your stay for more hiking! That picture of you is gorgeous!! I've never been to Vegas, but maybe one day I'll meander down that way.
    1751 days ago
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