|Don't forget your snacks|
Until then I wanted to share with you the trip we took yesterday. We started by driving to Pahrump (about 1.5 hours from Summerlin). We drove through and decided that we would look for somewhere to hike on the way back. The way we took circles around Red Rock. If you did not read the blog about how amazing R.R. is just click here: https://www.vegas.com/attractions/off-the-strip/red-rock-canyon/
|View walking up to the building.|
|This is the motif all around the area.|
|How beautiful is this?!?!|
After driving about five minutes we came upon a visitor's center for the Desert National Wildlife Refuge. There were only a few cars there, so we figured that the center was not open. To find out their hours and the programs they offer just click here: https://www.fws.gov/refuge/desert/
Once I stepped onto their sidewalk I knew it was going to be something wonderful. It is highlighted by wavy mosaic sections in blue. There is a covered area with cement benches. and a large mosaic circle with N, S, E, W labels. Since their trails were open we decided to check them out. Oh boy are we glad we did. Two of the trails we took are labeled Coyote and Big Ben. There are covered seating areas (we were impressed by how nice they were!) and the path is a combination road/rock. It was ideal for walking/hiking because you have some footing and texture to make the trek comfortable. It also makes it wheelchair accessible.
|The mosaic circle w/ N,S,E,W...|
|It had irridescent tile!|
|Art in Nature..|
|Nature as Art...|
We took our time and stayed until it started to cool down. The views that we observed as the sun started to go down were breathtaking. At the end...the Hubster was commended on his way of finding free activities/trails that are to the benefit of all of us. The area was a welcome excursion and we will definitely go back again.
|In love with shadows!|
|A places to observe birds|
and the fish.
Pictures of our visit are throughout the blog. Thanks for popping by!
Now the rating for D.N.W.R.?
Rated 1-5 (with 1 being the lowest)
Convenience- 5 The drive was pretty easy. There is a good amount of parking spaces.
Staff- N/A The center was not open.
Trails- 5 Wheelchair/stroller accessible with lots of seating areas...along with clear markers.
Kid friendly- 5 Lots of places for the kids to explore and learn about not only the animals that thrive in the area, but what is being done to help the ones that are not.
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Til next time,
|A building used for storage and teaching.|
|Just a boy and a building.|
|Several birds landed in this tree while we were there.|
|Felt something watching me.....|
statue of a coyote!
|Crawfish found in a stream....preety cool!|
|Oh My...the view!|
|We were told that we could |
bring a few home. YAY!