Little Red Rock - 02/28/2019 Trip Notes

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This page last updated on 03/02/2019
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Directions: For today's visit, from Henderson, we took the I-215 and drove out to the Red Rock Casino, taking exit 26, to Route 159, W. Charleston Road. At the exit we turned left and headed west. We drove until we reached Sky Vista Drive. Drive on this road until you reach Alta Drive (on the right) and turn left and head into the desert on the dirt road.

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Description of Area: As noted on the summary page, there is almost nothing written on the Internet about this area. The Howard Hughes Corp. owns this piece of land that is dotted with ancient Indian sites on the edge of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The Howard Hughes Corp. has set aside 75 acres that contain petroglyphs and other cultural resources and 200 acres along a series of dry washes. In addition to petroglyphs, there are also ancient shelters, roasting pits used by ancient Indians for cooking and pottery shards, some dating back 1,500 years. Over the past several decades there have been numerous instances of damage to the petroglyphs and the area. As you can see from (Fig. 02) this area is filled with dozens of ATV trails created by the thousands of visitors to this area over the past several decades.

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02/28/2019 Trip Notes: On this day, Bob Croke, Jim Herring and I decided to explore this site with the hopes of finding some of the petroglyphs and other signs of cultural resources. The picture of the cloud-covered Wilson Cliffs in (Fig. 01) was captured about a mile up Sky Vista Drive on our approach to the entry area. The yellow lines on the map in (Fig. 03) shows the route we drove for this visit. Obviously, there is much more to see in this area. Except for taking pictures, we only ended up getting out three or four times to hike around and explore on foot. Which is probably why we didn't end up finding any petroglyphs. Obviously, we will be coming back to this area for a more detailed look. The area on the map in (Fig. 03) labeled "beehives" is an area that we hiked around at the beginning of the visit (Fig. 05). Jim wanted to hike this area and to take pictures. We thank you for this; we all got some great pictures. We named this "beehives" because it reminded us as similar to those found at the Valley of Fire State park (Fig. 04). As we hiked around this area, the more geologic shapes we found (Figs. 06, 07 & 08). The more we hiked (Fig. 09), the more colorful images we discovered (Figs. 10 & 11). Opposite this area, looking mostly north, we could see a huge wash and the tops of the main red rock outcrop (Fig. 12). (Notes continued below)

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Trip Notes ContinuedFrom here we traveled northwest up along the large outcrop (Fig. 13), stopping here and there taking pictures along the way (Fig. 14). Looking southeast from this same spot, you were able to get a picture of Las Vegas in the distance (Fig. 15). At the top of the route shown on the map we turned around and headed back down along the east side of the large outcrop. The view in (Fig. 16) was a view looking north at the turn-around point. As you can see, even though several roads continued north, we decided to turn around and head back down (Figs. 17). On the way down we headed to yet another outcrop (Fig. 18). before veering back toward the long main outcrop. At one point we had to cross a wash and rocky area that required some careful driving (Fig. 19). Many of the roads we traveled on were much more difficult than I had expected them to be (Fig. 20). About three quarters of the way down the main rib, we came to an area of slick rock that we got out and walked around. We even found some water in a tinja-like spot on the rock (Figs. 21, 22 & 23). We even spotted the back side of a dam that we had spotted when driving up on the west side (Figs. 23, 24 & 25). We will be headed back to this area again in the near future. Even though we didn't spot any petroglyphs, we still had a good day.

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