Ever since I was a child I’ve loved rocks. My poor mother lost more than one washing machine thanks to my passion for rocks.
Not only did I bring rocks home, I hoped to find a way to live in the rocks. I love rocks. I wanted to be surrounded by them. So when I found out about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, I had to pay them a visit.
I wasn’t disappointed. Now mind you, this isn’t my first foray into the red rocks of this earth. However, this was my first visit to Nevada and my soul/sole reason for the visit.
My first stop was to Mount Wilson. I chose this spot for a variety of reasons including the fact that it was, at the time, my very last name. I mean what better reason to visit?
Located in the Spring Mountain Range of Nevada, it’s owned by the bureau of land management. While I had many other places to visit, this was by and far my favorite. The mountain was fascinating to me and I loved the scenery.
After my stop there, I moved to Spring Mountain Ranch State Park itself. This offers plenty of public recreation and its goal is to preserve the sandstone.
This is a real working ranch and we got to see ranchers in action. Here, we explored some of the oldest buildings in the state of Nevada and one of them was a blacksmith.
Another building was a house made of sandstone (my dream of living in the rocks immediately resurfaced and I could literally picture myself living in this very house).
After this, we went for a hike and then stayed on for a summer theater experience that was a fun experience. I’ll be going back here again as I just love the relaxing atmosphere and the trails.
The living history role play group was fantastic and we literally felt as if we’d stepped back into yesteryear. Everything is presented in the first person persona as if the person were really there.
Then, we learned some great skills that were commonly used back in the day. They offered us plenty of hands-on experiences to know that we truly appreciate today’s modern conveniences.
One thing that I struggled with is that you can’t remove any rocks from the area. However, I know the value of preserving the area for future generations. I’ll settle for a lot of pictures.
There are a lot of fantastic trees in the area as well. All of them are well over 400 years old. While they do have a strict policy of no tree climbing (hey, at 400 years old I think they deserve a break, don’t you?) they are lovely to look at and take pictures of.
I don’t regret my choice to visit Red Rock Canyon National Conservation area, I plan to return in a few years when my kids are a bit older and will enjoy the value of the historical visit.