Exhausted from walking through Casinos, up and over Las Vegas Boulevard, then back and forth to trams just to see the strip, we decided to spend our next day riding out to the Mojave Desert and NOT hiking. Our first stop was Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just 17 miles west of the Las Vegas strip. With lots of caves and well marked trails, this park was very popular with hikers and picnickers. Jim and I chose to join the latter group and enjoyed a pleasant meal while observing the wildlife from the tailgate of his truck.
We headed to Valley of Fire State Park from Red Rock and on the way saw bombers out of Nellis flying in formation over the interstate. Valley of Fire was breathtaking and will definitely on my list of places to return to for a more thorough investigation. It was here that we saw big horn sheep standing right beside us on the road. That was wonderful!
Thanks to Jim for helping me make these videos of our exploits: