We have been having a wonderful time with both Christmas and having Greg visit us for a couple of weeks. But, Las Vegas just isn’t somewhere that I feel super comfortable, and we probably won’t be in a big hurry to get back here (especially since the TT campground here does NOT have candy bar bingo! LOL! ;), so while we are here we wanted to be sure to check out the surrounding points of interest (at least interesting for us) since we aren’t sure how long it might be before we return.
On the 27th we drove out to…
While the Red Rock Canyon NCA covers a large area, nearly 200 thousand acres, there is a very pleasant 13 mile drive that winds through a easily accessible and scenic area of the park. Since the RRC is maintaned by BLM, we were able to use our National Parks National Access Pass to get in for free.
First stop, the visitor’s center of course!
We had Jr. Ranger booklets to pick up (with a few minor protests from a few of the boys reminding me that we were on Christmas break – too bad! -insert evil laugh… :)and the visitor’s center to check out. It seemed to be a fairly new building, and it had a few hands on activities like big microscopes where you could check out things such as pollen and insect wings. The littles also did some petroglyph rubbings, and they all liked the chuckwalla…
We found out that the park will eventually have a Jr. Ranger program, but it’s not completely written yet, so the littles had to settle for a scavenger hunt, and were appeased because even tho they didn’t get to earn badges, they did get to keep the cute little RRC pencils (which are currently all scattered under seats in the van…)
Out back of the visitor’s center is a little courtyard that has all sorts of educational displays, and the kids’ scavenger hunt was here.