Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is a dramatic valley ten miles (16km) west of Las Vegas and is a good excursion to escape the neon lights and jangle of the slot machines. Its defining feature is the steep Red Rock escarpment, which rises 3,000 feet (914m) on its western edge. Today the dramatic landscape is peppered with cacti and Joshua trees and is a good spot for walking, rock climbing, cycling or simply a scenic drive. The Mojave Desert is not barren as you might think; it teems with life and beauty that is rare and unique - waterfalls cascade into the canyons and high above red tailed hawks search for their next meal.
Telephone: (702) 515 5350
Transport: The park has a 13-mile (21km) scenic drive. Coach tours can be organised through most hotels
Opening times: Visitor Center: 8am-4:30pm. Scenic drive: 6am-5pm (November to February), 6am-7pm (March and October), 6am-8pm (April to September).
Admission: $5 per vehicle