Nevada

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.

One Word Photo Challenge: Indigo

This picture is of Blue Man Group; an entertainment show which takes place at the Monte Carlo Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas. We did not happen to see the show but this display caught my attention.

Sharing here for Jennifer’s One Word Photo Challenge this week.

Architecture

This architecture is of Bellagio hotel and casino in Las Vegas. It also showcases the famous and spectacular Fountains of Bellagio. This picture was taken during our trip last summer.

This is my contribution for Photography 101: Study architectural forms, and also train your eye to look for shots that will translate well in black and white.

My initial post of Photography 101: Home will also be a good representation for this theme.