North America States

Grand Teton National Park

We drove through Grand Teton National Park last summer while returning from Yellowstone National Park. We had few hours and we took the whole drive from the south entrance of   Yellowstone all the way to the bottom of the Grand Teton Pass.

The park offered amazing scenery and spectacular views. The day was cloudy so we did not do any hikes in the area.

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We reached the Jackson Lake and stayed there for some time. It was cold in early July.

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The mountain ranges of Grand Teton were breathtaking.

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The Teton Range is composed of some of the oldest rocks on Earth, but the mountain range is one of the youngest in north America.

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Few wildflowers captured there.

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We reached the Jackson Lake Dam which is a 70 feet high structure completed in 1916.

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Another look at the mountain range from the Windy Point Turnout.

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We reached the Jenny lake. It was a small and beautiful lake and we spent some time at the Jenny Lake Visitor Center.

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We stopped at few more view points enjoying the scenery of the place. The last stop was the Moose Visitor Center or Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center.

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Exhibits at the visitor center

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We spent some time exploring the exhibits and gathering information abut the park.

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We left the park in the evening and drove towards our next destination.

 

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

We visited Red Rock Canyon in winter 2013. It is located 17 miles west of Las Vegas in Nevada. This area is visited by over 1 million visitors each year and it showcases a set of large red rock formations.

The area has a visitor center which also features outdoor exhibits. There is a one way scenic loop road about 13 miles long which provides access to many of its features and hiking trails.

Since we reached during evening there was not enough time for hiking. We visited the visitor center and took the scenic loop around.

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View from the visitor center.

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The outdoor exhibit area at the Red Rock Canyon.

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Red Rock Canyon is a part of the Mojave Desert and the temperature here is very hot during summers. This exhibit provides more information about the summer season.

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We enjoyed reading the exhibits and gathering more information. This was another exhibit on desert heat.

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The iconic Las Vegas sign.

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Elements of Nature.

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We started driving around the scenic loop and reached the ‘Sandstone Quarry.’

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The rays of the setting sun were shining bright on the red rocks in front of us.

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There were also hiking trails at this area.

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We drove further and reached the ‘High Point Overlook.’ We could see the vast dry desert with desert trees.

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Further on the road we reached the ‘Ice Box Canyon’ overlook.

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The sun was setting now and it was starting to grow dark.

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Next was the ‘Red Rock Wash Overlook.’

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Our last stop on the scenic loop was the ‘Pine Creek Canyon.’

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Art at the pavement of visitor center.

Many people had completed their hikes by now and were leaving from the area. After completing our loop journey we headed back to the glittering night at Las Vegas.

On The Way

The views at Death Valley National Park are vast. It is the largest park in the lower 48 states. The drive to each sight is like travelling through remote areas of the park. This is one such picture on our way to Badwater Basin in Death Valley.

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