Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Las Vegas Hiking: Ice Box Canyon in Red Rock

I haven’t been out for a hike in a couple of weeks now, but the last time I went, we headed up to Ice Box Canyon in Red Rock. The weather was sunny and clear, but as soon as we left the sunshine behind us, the temperature dropped noticeably. The rocky trail led us into the narrow canyon and then dropped us into the wash, where we scrambled over the rocks and boulders until we reached the dry waterfall. In the desert, these areas are often dry until rain or snow fill the streams. For now, the only signs of water are dark stains on the rocks and cliffs. The only sour note of the day was the trash we saw—my hiking buddy Angie packed out two bags full of some careless hikers’ lunches, leaving us both to ponder, “What the…?”
Photo information: My pictures of Ice Box Canyon


Anonymous said...

Thats very sad about the trash, it used to be so clean & pristine- but the hike looked like fun! I hope the falls do get a start up this winter, when the water is flowing down- its breathtaking!

Tom said...

The area looks like it would be alot of fun to see and hike thru. Sadly, some people seem to forget that others may want to see the beauty that they have just witnessed as they ate thier snacks.

Perhaps the Park Rangers could put a trash can in the area for the users.

maria said...

Wow this is fantastic, ! You are certainly multi-talented. What an inspiration! Really like this series! Amazing all outdoors!Great work! That looks so relaxing and peaceful. Perfect actually!! I am now thinking to plan my next holidays to this place, all are wonderful pictures and places. Great work from you. Thanks for sharing this beautiful blog and information with us.

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TH Meeks said...

Tom, I'm not sure how a trash can would work out since the entire area fills with water during rainy season. (But it would certainly be interesting to see a ranger pulling one up the canyon, over the boulders!:) Seeing the trash, though, certainly is a good reminder to bring an extra trash bag to help haul out the litter. My hiking buddy definitely stepped up on that one & carried out a big old bag of stuff.

TH Meeks said...

Maria, glad to hear you enjoy the blog! My favorite topic to write on is hiking, as you might have guessed. And so glad to hear you're inspired to visit! Just let me know if you have any questions about Red Rock, Valley of Fire, etc. We've got terrific hiking around Vegas. Thanks for stopping by!