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From the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County:
About Red Rock Canyon
Just a two hour drive north of Los Angeles, Red Rock Canyon State Park is located 25 miles northeast of the town of Mojave along Highway 14 in Kern County. The park is situated where the southern most tip of the Sierra Nevada converge with the El Paso Range.
Imposing cliffs of otherworldly red rocks create the scene for one the most spectacular natural wonders in Southern California. The area is famous for its vivid history, desert wildlife, and as the setting for many movies.
The rocks in the Red Rock Canyon region contain a rich history of geology during the past 14 million years. Volcanic eruptions, basin sediments, and fault activity help to shape the unique geology of the region. The fossils of prehistoric animals from 7–12 million years ago can be found entombed in the sediments, including extinct elephants, rhinos, three-toed horses, giraffe-like camels, saber-toothed cats, and bone-crushing dogs. There are also fascinating small creatures such as ancestral skunks, alligator lizards, and shrews.
From Bonnie Blue:
Katie and I are lounging around in a condo in Las Vegas ,soaking up sunbeams ,while our humans go on a hike in Red Rock Canyon. We are temporarily staying in a condo in Las Vegas ,while the rv is getting some work done in the repair shop. Mommy made sure to bring our special blankets, food, and treats! Might as well be here in Las Vegas! Today mommy and daddy did their first qualified hike labeled as strenuous. Mommy said 6 miles and straight up for almost 1000 feet.The scenery was incredible and amazing! Looked for wild burros and horses but no luck today. They will be going back to try some other hikes. Today was a 5Paws! day. More places to visit tomorrow.
Mommy’s hiking tip for the day- Only hike as far as your water is consumed half way. That way you will be able to have enough water for the entire trip.
From The Nature Conservancy:
To ensure your views aren’t spoiled from the canyon’s incredible trails, the US Bureau of Land Management, The Howard Hughes Corporation and The Nature Conservancy formed a strategic partnership in 1988, creating a 5,302-acre buffer zone, relocating the housing development and safeguarding where the Visitor Center and beyond stands today. By relocating Summerlin, The Howard Hughes Corporation’s 22,500-acre master planned community, a “win-win” was achieved that supported continued economic growth for Las Vegas while protecting a fragile natural desert community.
This $25 million transaction was one of the largest ever completed by the Conservancy in the West and, thanks to the generosity of The Howard Hughes Corporation, resulted in a savings to taxpayers of over $1 million.