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Things to do in Red Rock when its hot?

Discussion in 'Misc. Vegas Chat' started by Kickin, Jun 2, 2013.

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  1. Kickin

    Kickin Flea

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    We're getting a rental car on our next trip and I'd like to visit Red Rock Canyon. We'll visit the casino for sure in the evening but beforehand what are some good ways to enjoy Red Rock Canyon while the weather is 100+?

    I'd love to hike but not sure if that's too feasible and not sure if my girlfriend could handle the heat. Is it the type of place where you just drive around? Are there other things you'd recommend to do?

    If we do hike are there any good relatively short hikes? Are there well-worn trails or do you have to navigate on your own? We're city folk so not really schooled on navigating nature.

    My old boy scout trip took camping trips to places like the top of the World Trade Center and Yankee Stadium. I'm not joking.
     
  2. Reston

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    Check out Ice Box Canyon in Red Rocks. I hiked that last summer. Start early though.

    Worst case, turn up the air conditioning in the rental and drive around the tourist loop over and over again....
     
  3. larryg

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    I believe the park gate opens at 6 am. Start then! On very hot days, hiking can be pretty miserable after 9 or 10 am.

    As Reston mentioned, there's a 13 mile loop road that goes through the park. If you've never seen this kind of scenery before, it's pretty nice. If you have seen it (or parks like Zion, Bryce, or Valley of Fire), you probably won't be impressed by the loop road; you'll need to hike to see the good stuff.

    Many of the trails are short and easy to follow.
     
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    Red Rock Canyon is one of my favs to do in Vegas. Hopefully when my health permits, i will return,
    The weather will be hot, but the Canyon will be cooler, especially at Ice Box and a few other trails. When you take the loop you have an option to: keep driving, stop at a few of the trails, or hike. The Trails will signify the easy to experience hiker. You can do easy hikes (when i say hikes, i mean walks of a couple of hundred yards or a little further) for the average person. There are Petroglyphs, waterfalls (depending on weather), limestone quarries, and just a relaxing time away from the Casinos. Be sure to take pics and videos, you may see rock climbers at the beginning of the loop. Here is a link that may help you:
    http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/
     
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  5. UKFanatic

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    It can get warm up there, but the canyon area is always a little cooler than the city, so hopefully it not too bad. As an alternative, you can always drive to valley of fire. its about 45 minutes north of vegas, but you can drive much closer to the attractions there, so the heat isn't as much of an issue
     
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    Do the scenic drive and, if you really want to hike, go up to Mt Charleston. Icebox Canyon is a great hike but, sadly,not in the summer even at 6 AM.
     
  7. Kickin

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    Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I think we'll definitely do the scenic drive and maybe do the Ice Box Canyon hike. If anything I'd love to just get a feel for the place so I know a little about what to expect when I return during cooler weather for a real hike.

    I really like the look of the Pine Creek and Oak Creek canyon hikes as well.
     
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    Check the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association website (linked above) under "Events" to see if there is a guided night hike being offered during your stay. The temperature is a little less oppressive when the sun goes down.
     
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