Red Rock National Park
Red rock features prominently in place names of Southwest USA - New Mexico, Arizona and California each have a Red Rock State Park and there are several similarly named towns in these and other states. 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.
Just five miles from the edge of the city, 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. The wide empty plains beneath the hills are studded with Joshua trees and other plants typical of the Mojave Desert, contributing to a most impressive spectacle.
I personally recommend this tour to anybody who appreciates the marvellous scenary of the geologic formations, wildlife, deserts, the dam and historic areas.
The Red Rock Canyon - Hoover Dam - Las Vegas Private SUV tour - $159/seat (4 - 5 seat minimum)
> Hotel pickup (7:00am to 7:30am departure)
> Fully equipped new model Private SUV (smoke free, DVD movie screens, MP3 with surround sound).
> Knowledgeable certified tour guide/driver.
> Continental breakfast / snack / refreshments
> First stop is at the Memorial Hoover Dam bridge. First we drive over, then we stop, you can take fabulous pictures!
> Then we take you to the Hoover Dam Interior Power Plant Tour (40 minute tour), we pay the $11 admission fee (total time at the Hoover Dam is 2 hours).
>Then we stop at Red Rock Resort for an incredible Buffet Lunch! (we pay for the lunch)
> Spend some time at the Red Rock Resort Casino, bars and lounges (hang around for 1 hour)
> Then off to Red Rock Canyon National Park (we pay the admission fee). Visit all the viewpoints, walk through all the amazing rock formations, and take incredible photos. Follow the trail maps and learn about all the history, plant and wildlife information.
> Guided tour of Las Vegas Strip: Freemont Steet, Pawn Stars, Mafia museum, Liberace Museum, Bellagio Conservatory and Fountains, Caesar's Palace, and photo stop at the Famous WELCOME TO LAS VEGAS sign!!
> Hotel drop off (5:30pm to 6:00pm return time)