Coming home from the Bay Area (flying from Oakland to be precise) gave me a nice view of the Spring Range (Mount Charleston with a little snow in the left foreground and the mass of Mummy Mountain behind it).
As we keep moving south toward Las Vegas, Mount Charleston moves left more rapidly than slightly more distant Mummy Mountain does:
As we continue, I begin to see the minor spur on the Spring Range, just before Las Vegas, that forms the bowl in which Red Rock Recreation Area sits (at the right hand in this next photo, with some tan rock already visible, just before the city):
In just another two minutes I am treated to an unusual view in terms of position, angle and sunlight (we are crossing further north than usual, and it is near sunset).
A few seconds later I am clicking like mad to catch the majestic 200-million-year old sandstone cliffs below me (the darker rock is almost 600-million year old limestone that has in places been shoved over the top of the sandstone. Geological theories of how this happened are explored on a page on this site discussing the Sevier and Laramide orogenies, the events that led to the building of many of the west's mountain ranges.
The boundary between the two rock types in Red Rock is called the Keystone thrust fault:
Looking back shows the cliffs/peaks we just flew over with the limestones of the Spring Range behind them:
The recreation area includes the first of the red outcrop hills in the photo below, and the photo after that shows where the park headquarters are, just before that red outcrop:
I am lucky to have all of this natural beauty very close to home. Just a few minutes by car, a little longer by bicycle. My neighbor rides his bike through this recreation-area, from his house and back, pretty much every Saturday morning. He is obviously tougher than I am. I drive there, and then walk.
Want to do some 'virtual hiking' in Red Rock with me? Then follow me through this link.
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