|Valley of Fire State Park|
This ancient sandstone valley, colored in hues from vermillion to gold, features a fantastic array of pinnacles, caves, domes, and arches. Scan the cliffs near the west entrance for desert bighorn sheep. Washes and canyons throughout the park are dotted with creosote bush, brittle brush, and bea...
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
|Description: A thirteen-mile (one-way) scenic drive leads to trails, narrow canyons, sandstone cliffs, and riparian areas that attract roadrunners, rufous-sided towhees, white-throated swifts, loggerhead shrikes, and several upland birds. Clumps of vegetation shelter white-tailed antelope squirrels, black-tailed jackrabbits, and desert kangaroo rats. Look for rock squirrels and a variety of lizards on the sun-warmed rocks; be wary of poisonous snakes in shrubby, sandy areas. Red-tailed hawks, Cooper’s hawks, and other birds of prey may also be watching for small animals. About 160 desert bighorn sheep inhabit the rough cliff country. They often visit water-filled basins at La Madre Spring, White Rock Spring, and Willow Spring. These basins also draw mule deer, coyotes, and mountain lions. Look for songbirds near Lost Creek’s year-round spring and seasonal waterfall.|
Wildlife to Watch: Excellent wildlife diversity. More than 100 songbird species with excellent spring and fall views. Good viewing of bighorns, antelope ground squirrels and birds of prey all year. Reptiles abundant. Visitor drive closed at night.
Special Tips: COME PREPARED FOR SUMMER HEAT AND FLASH FLOODS. BEWARE OF ROCK CLIMBING HAZARDS.
Size: 83,100 acres
Closest Town: Las Vegas
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