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387. Wildflowers in Sedona, this year only!

Last year, my friend and I went to California to look for wildflowers. Look what we have here in Sedona this year!

 

 

 

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.

382. Las Vegas (3): Sloan Canyon NCA

I’d never even heard Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area before this trip. I was just checking the map and found a green spot. I’m glad I was curious enough to check it online. At first, from all the reading I did online, it seemed to be inaccessible without a high clearance vehicle. I was so determined I called BLM and learned the road to the visitor center was recently paved!

If you love rock art, Sloan Canyon is a place you don’t want to miss. There are hundreds of petroglyphs, and you can get very close to them. Best of all, not too many people were there. We’ve only seen two couples—a young couple breezed through the area, and the other spent twenty minutes. Libby and I spent more than half a day, taking a picture of all the petroglyphs we could find. It was like treasure hunting.

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.

379. Las Vegas Adventure

No, we didn’t go to Las Vegas to gamble. Las Vegas is actually a great “base camp” for exploring red rocks and petroglyphs. There are a number of parks surrounding the city that provide excellent outdoor adventures.

In a week, my friend Libby and I went to and hiked in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Valley of Fire State Park, Gold Butte National Monument, Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, and Lake Mead National Recreation. I will post the pictures in the next few days.

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