Top 10 Viewpoints at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

What makes Red Rock Canyon so unique? Simple answer: The Keystone Thrust fault.

Here’s the slightly-more-complicated geological answer. Approximately 65 million years ago, the shifting of tectonic plates forced the oceanic plate underneath the North American Plate, creating the Keystone Thrust fault. Evidence of this type of plate-shifting activity can be seen all the way up the west coast of North America, but thanks to the Keystone Thrust fault, Red Rock Canyon is one of the most exposed examples, and it offers some of the most impressive viewpoints.

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12 More National & State Parks Within Driving Distance of Las Vegas

When you arrive in Las Vegas, the sheer amount of things you can do can be overwhelming. There’s a smorgasbord of exciting exhibits, events, and activities to see and do in the city and the surrounding area, but if you’re looking for a more calming experience—perhaps a quiet day spent in nature, hiking the trails, kayaking along the water, or exploring historical sites—there are several options close, by both in- and outside the city.

Las Vegas is within easy driving distance of a number of iconic state and national monuments, making it a great homebase for your southwest explorations. Starting with the closest spots, here are 12 of the most popular historic sites, conservation areas, national and state parks that you can reach from Las Vegas.

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9 Reasons to Visit Death Valley Next Time You’re in Las Vegas

If you’re searching for an excursion beyond the limits of Las Vegas but don’t have the time to journey to the Grand Canyon, don’t despair. Between the Valley of Fire to east, Red Rock Canyon to the north, and Death Valley to the west, there is no shortage of nearby places to visit from Las Vegas.

We’ve already covered why you should visit Red Rock Canyon and the Valley of Fire. Next up: Death Valley.

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7 Burning Reasons to Visit the Valley of Fire

When you’re deep in the heart of Las Vegas and your idea of getting out into the “great outdoors” is heading to the Las Vegas Sands, it’s time to pack your bags and take a day trip beyond the city limits. Between the Grand Canyon, Red Rock Canyon, Death Valley, and the Valley of Fire, there’s no shortage of wild and wonderful landscapes to explore.

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Southwest Spotlight: 14 Breathtaking Death Valley Viewpoints

Death Valley National Park may sound menacing, but as the hottest, driest, and lowest national park in the country, it’s actually one of the most interesting spots in the Southwest. Rest assured – Death Valley is anything but dead.

If you’re looking for an off-Strip adventure, don’t discount Death Valley. It’s less than three hours from the Strip, it’s the largest National Park in the lower 48 states, and the area’s extreme temperatures, range of elevation, and untamed wilderness are the perfect complement to the over-the-top glamor of the Strip. If you need a little extra convincing, here 14 breathtaking Death Valley viewpoints you can explore:

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