If you need a break from the brightly-lit and bustling Las Vegas Strip, look no further than the scenic respite of Red Rock Canyon. This beautiful, arid stretch of land was Nevada’s first National Conservation Area and it’s now one of the most popular in the country, with over one million annual visitors.
Spring break is right around the corner! Whether you’re planning a college getaway or a family vacation with your kids, the Southwest is the perfect place to escape from the blustery winds and frigid temperatures many face every winter.
Las Vegas is a common starting point for the well-travelled Grand Canyon-Bryce Canyon-Zion Park loop. This loop is a popular route for Southwest roadtrippers, but if a single week isn’t enough time for you hit all three locations, Las Vegas is a perfect home base for exploring a number of iconic Southwest landmarks, like the Grand Canyon, Death Valley, the Hoover Dam, and Red Rock Canyon.
The Grand Canyon has been explored and studied by scientists in every discipline and written about in countless publications. Think you know everything there is to know about the Grand Canyon? Don’t be so sure – the Grand Canyon still has a few secrets hidden deep inside its many layers and sub-canyons.
The Rim of the Grand Canyon is perpetually bustling with curious visitors – over 5 million annually – and life below the Rim is no different.
Stretching from the Kaibab Plateau’s subalpine conifer forests on the North Rim to the scrub of the Mojave Desert along the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon encompasses many major ecosystems. Over 1,500 species of plants, 355 birds, 89 mammals, 40 reptiles, 9 amphibians, and 17 fish call the Grand Canyon “home”, making it one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the Southwest.
Death Valley may not sound like a particularly exciting place, but don’t let its name fool you. From its continuously shifting landscape to its vast array of wildlife and vegetation to the annual springtime proliferation of wildflowers, Death Valley is anything but dead.
Located in eastern California, east of the Sierra Nevada between the arid Great Basin and the Mojave Desert, Death Valley National Park is the largest national park in the lower 48 states at 3,000 square miles. It’s also the lowest, hottest, and driest area in North America – and that makes for a pretty interesting adventure.