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388. Desert Botanic Garden

The Desert Botanical Garden is located in Phoenix, central Arizona. Founded by the Arizona Cactus and Native Flora Society in 1937, the garden has more than 21,000 plants. It’s a great time to visit before it gets too hot.




386. Las Vegas (7): Gold Butte NM—Little Finland

Gold Butte is a National Monument located in the northeast of Las Vegas. It protects 300,000 acres of desert landscapes. President Obama designated the area as a National Monument in December 2016.

I heard about this area years ago before it became a NM. In fact, I’ve tried to hike in the area but gave up since there was no sign, no trail, nobody around to ask information.

Even now, it is still a remote area. Libby and I drove as far as we could in her Prius and had to park by the side of the road to hike about four miles (one way) to Little Finland.

I’ve seen pictures of Little Finland online, and I was eager to see it with my own eyes. I’m glad we were so determined to explore the area. It turned out to be as fabulous as I imagined. There are petroglyphs and intriguing rock formations. We spent a long day and still didn’t want to leave.

This concludes my Las Vegas trip.  



385. Las Vegas (6): Lake Mead NRA—Grapevine Canyon

Grapevine Canyon is about one and a half an hour south of Las Vegas. It belongs to Lake Mead National Recreation Area, although you won’t see any lake from here.

What you will find is tons of petroglyphs! Hundreds or thousands of them! I’ve seen a lot of rock arts. This is one of the best sites.

384. Las Vegas (5): Valley of Fire State Park—Petroglyphs


383. Las Vegas (4): Valley of Fire State Park

Valley of Fire is my favorite state park. I’ve been there a number of times, and it never failed to take my breath away. The park has not only red rocks but also rocks of rainbow colors. And it’s less than an hour away from Las Vegas, very easy to reach.

381. Las Vegas (2): Red Rock Canyon NCA—Turtlehead Peak

The trail to Turtlehead Peak isn’t long (5 miles rt), but it is relative steep and exposed, not a trail to hike in the hot days. The view from up is rewarding—you can see red rocks and Las Vegas down below and snow-capped mountains in the distance. The pictures from the top are not too great—we arrived in the middle of a sunny day with harsh light.

380. Las Vegas (1): Red Rock Canyon NCA—Calico Basin

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is very close to the city. I’ve been there several times, but I loved going back with a good friend. Libby and I hiked there four days in a row; half of time we had cold, windy, and cloudy days. The pictures I posted here are from Calico Basin. It’s on the eastside of the park.

Pay attention to this trail. There are no clear markers. We’re good hikers, and we paid attention. Yet we missed a turn and ended bushwhacking up a steep hill with two other girls, who apparently also had trouble following the trail. Luckily Libby and I had common sense to turn back and found our way. There was a pile of rocks in the middle of a wash as a sign to turn. It’s easy to miss a pile of rocks in the land of rocks.

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