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Nevada has at least three Red Rock Canyons; two are in sections of the Toiyabe National Forest near the center of the state but by far the most well-known is location is along the east side of the Spring Mountains - one of the ranges of hills that surround Las Vegas in most directions. Parts of the flat land rises to a great colorful escarpment, formed along a fault zone (the Keystone Thrust) with peaks over 8,000 feet, and including huge cliffs and ravines composed of bands of grey, white and red sandstone, all heavily eroded. A thrust fault is a fracture in the earth's crust where one rock plate is thrust horizontally over another. About 65 million years ago, it is believed that two of the earth's crustal plates collided with such force that part of one plate was shoved up and over younger sandstones. This thrust contact is clearly defined by the sharp contrast between the grey limestone and red sandstone.

The wide empty plains beneath the hills are studded (dont'cha love that part - studded) with Joshua trees and other plants typical of the Mojave Desert, contributing to a most impressive spectacle. Las Vegas, Nevada resides in the Mojave Desert.

Locals and visitors come to explore the many off-road trails and dirt roads leading off into the mountains. Red Rock Canyon Area is a great place for mountain climbing. There's another type of visitor frequenting the area known as Park Rangers, Search & Rescue and Flight For Life. Quite often, Flight For Life and Paramedics are at the beckon of rangers being called in under difficult circumstances for hikers and climbers who get hung-up on the sides of perilous cliffs, falling either to death or serious injury. To give you some idea, take a look at the 2 photos below of some free fall climbers. To the best we could tell, no ropes were being used. Other incidents are motorcycle and bike riders. We've been involved in them and have seen many.

Red Rock Canyon is pretty, red with big red rocks but just an OK place to go on wheels for a brief moment, if you're not going to get out of the car / motorcycle much. Aside from the aesthetic superb views and photo opportunities, the largest side of this areas beauty is found on foot, not in the seat of a rental car or over-crowded bus.

I used to complain about the small entrance fee to Red Rock Scenic area. However, vandalistic people are destroying it and some areas are now in conservation. I've been making this trip for over 50 years and when I see the line of cars, motorcycles and buses have to acknowledge that it will attract many types of people, even the thoughtless ones.

Photography: There's a time to be at Red Rock Canyon when it comes to photos and that's in the morning. If you go in the afternoon, depending on the time of the year, the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area (Below) is shaded from a western sunset and you'll not find the color your looking for on the face of the cliffs.

Sunset Overview: Now, if you're in a romantic mood head to this location and just watch the sunset, it's beautiful or anywhere along the side of the road leading to Blue Diamond.

Motorcycle Roads?: As far as motorcycle roads go, Red Rock Canyon isn't going to be one of the most memorable places to visit in your life, nor life changing but it's pretty for about an hour or so. The photos below reflect the best of Red Rock Canyon as seen from the seat of a motorcycle.

There are 2 choices for a ride in this state park.

Option 1: Ride up highway 159 (West Charleston), 5.6 miles above 215 or the Red Rock Hotel then turn right on to scenic drive for 13 miles.

Option 2: is to bypass the scenic drive and enjoy the Rainbow Mountain area which is a total distance of 10.2 miles to Spring Mountain Ranch from 215. You'll have never been so bored in your life at this point.

Spring Mountain Ranch: Historical Sites at the park include the Main Ranch House; Wilson Cemetery, Sandstone Cabin; Board and Batten bunkhouse; Blacksmith's Shop, Hay and Horse Barn/Corral, Two-Hole Outhouse, Chinchilla Shed and many more. They have some plays here in the Summer that are great though, but once again, not in the day and not on a bike.

Other areas along the way: There are a couple of places to waist some time if this is going to be the extent of your ride.

Bonnie Springs next to Spring Mountain Ranch. A stone's throw away. Look for the big wooden arch. It has an old bar / restaurant with dollar bills on the walls. A children's petting zoo and an old small choo choo train. We say this not to be condescending but do so with the viewpoint as to riding motorcycles. Half way up the ride is gravel, last time up anyways.

The expression on my daughters face reveals a lot about the place...

Nice little petting zoo at Bonnie Springs for kids

That is it.

We don't feel most riders are in search of a 24 mile drive. Once again, if you're not hiking or hitting the trails this the extent of road. In fact the only decent drive is scenic road, so make that 13 miles.

Ok, enough about Spring Mountain Ranch in the area.

Rainbow Mountain Wilderness / Red Rock Canyon Area

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Below are examples of a western sunset shading out the cliffs of the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness Area.

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Here's a photo of the same mountain range earlier in the day.

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Coffee break at Red Rock Canyon.

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Varied Sandstone Layers
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This particular photo provides a depth of beautiful sandstone layers at one of the stops. It's relatively hard to tell how big this is but if you looked at the rock climbers above, this is close to the same size, in the same area.

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Road King Harley Davidson Red Rock Canyon

These mountains and rolling valleys can be seen in some shots below.

To the right of this photo (North) is an area that contains a rugged complex set of canyons, ridges and mountain peaks. La Madre Mountain dominates the area with spectacular cliffs and steep canyons occurring on its southeast flanks. Elevations range from 3,600 feet in Brownstone Basin to 9,600 feet at La Madre Mountain.

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Once again Red Rock Canyon revealing the many layers of color rock. Below is the money shot...

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Red Rock Harley Trip

Splendid Valley of Beauty - Spring Mountains East Valley on scenic drive at Red Rock Canyon.

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Now turn around and grab a shot of this layered rock.
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Isn't there a saying that goes, "When you get tired of looking at your Bike, it's time for a new one"?

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Another nice place to stop...
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There are a few spots to pull off, ... :clap:
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Enjoy the photos....
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Malissa L. teaching us a few tricks about photography. (2 Shots Below)
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Harley Davidson

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Red Rock Canyon Trips

 
 
 



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