Red Rock Canyon
About 45 minutes from the Las Vegas Thousand Trails campground is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The visitor center is off of route 159. It cost $17 per car to get in and drive the scenic loop. (Side note: the website said $10 per car and the sign outside the gate had $15 per car, but when we got to the window it was $17.) On the drive you will witness the amazing calico landscape of red, white and beige, snow dusted mountain peaks and a possible siting of burro or wild horse. There are various hikes, petroglyph walls, dirt roads for four-wheeling and if you are adventurous enough rock climbing.
Mike, Abby and I just did the scenic drive which took about an hour to drive through and occasional stop for pictures. Dogs were welcome on hikes.
We decided to extend our tour of the Red Rock Canyon by going north on route 95 to route 157 to Mount Charleston, then backtracked 157 to route 158 to 156 and finally back to 95. This route takes you up to over 8,000 feet in elevation so there was snow covered grounds, but the roads were cleared. It was about an hour and half drive.
What amazing vistas of the high desert and mountains of the Mojave Desert area, worth your time and drive.
Shelby American and Count Kustoms
Mike and I went to the Shelby American museum for a 10:30 guided tour on the history of Carroll Hall Shelby and the Ford racing team of the 1960’s. What an amazing guide. The museum and tour are free. The tour was about an hour long. Be sure to tip your tour guide. When you go look for “Devine Life 2021” on the wall of signatures. Now Mike and I need to rent the movie Ford vs Ferrari.
After the Shelby museum we went to Count Kustoms for a free self-guided tour of their cars and bikes. Seeing some of the cars reminds us of the episode of the TV show on History channel. The tour took about a half hour.
Thank you and God bless.