Red Rock Canyon

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Red Rock Canyon
National Conservation area- Las Vegas

The mountains in the Red Rock area were formed by a number of geological forces including fractured faults where the earth's crust collided over millions of years and fossilized sand dunes. Some cliffs reach up an astounding 3,000 feet.

The sandstone rocks in the conservation area get their color from iron oxide. Over centuries the iron oxide built up, producing the vibrant, crimson color the canyon illustrates today.

This amazing conservation area is also home to about 200 different mammals which include burros, rabbits, coyotes, bighorn sheep, red tailed hawks, golden eagles, hummingbirds and even a few wild horses, bobcats and mountain lions.

Although, we did not see any of those animals above. Those photos were taking from the visitor center area. There were animals that were still alive in the show case like the  tarantula and the lizard.

More photos of our trip that day
Just in time for sunset before it traveled behind the mountains

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