One of my favorite outings from Las Vegas is a drive out to Deer Creek Road. It is so magical how you can quickly transform from the desert to mountains. And the drive only takes about 45 minutes from the Vegas Strip, depending on the traffic. The views here are gorgeous, and you just might run across some wild donkeys or horses, which are native to the area.
Today’s mission was the Calico Tanks Trail in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon has a 13-mile scenic drive that is peppered with wonderful photo stops and hiking opportunities. It is only about a 25 minute drive from the Las Vegas Strip. I had heard that the view from the end of the Calico Tanks Trail was super, so I decided to focus my afternoon and early evening on this special hike.