Where in the USA is the CoCo Locomoto? travel blog

Hoover Dam

Red Rock Canyon

Rock formations in the Valley of Fire

Beehives in the Valley of Fire

Rock Arch in Valey of FIre

Valley of Fire


Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire

Last week was a busy week for The CoCo Locomoto! It started off by heading to Las Vegas attendeding the first ever Real Estate Staging Association Convention...WOW! What a great conference with lots of learning, socializing, and meeting friends face-to-face that we had only met through the internet. We then had a day to drive to Hoover Dam formerly called the Boulder Dam and borders the states of Nevada and Arizona. Then it was on to Red Rock Canyon. The geological history of these ancient stones goes back some 600 million years. Over eons, the forces of nature have formed Red Rock's sandstone monoliths into arches, natural bridges, and massive sculptures painted in a stunning palette of gray-white limestone and dolomite, black mineral deposits, and oxidized minerals in earth-toned sienna hues ranging from pink to crimson and burgundy. Orange and green lichens add further contrast, as do spring-fed areas of lush foliage. And formations such as Calico Hill are brilliantly white where groundwater has leached out oxidized iron. Cliffs cut by deep canyons tower 2,000 feet above the valley floor. The formations are ancient sand dunes. Several horse thieves had their hide-outs in the area while they let the horses rest up before taking them to Salt Lake City, Utah where they were sold to travelers moving west. On Friday, Stephanie and Mike arrived for the weekend and we spent the rest of the day visiting, eating and leaving our money in the casinos! Saturday morning we took a breathtaking drive to the Valley of Fire which is just north of Las Vegas. It derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs. These features, which are the centerpiece of the park's attractions, often appear to be on fire when reflecting the sun's rays. One of the most spectacular sites we have ever seen. That night we celebrated our anniversary by having dinner at the famous Craft Steak Restaurant in the MGM Grand(where we all ate too much) and needless to say, left more money in the casino! Sunday was spent visiting before going to the Beatle's Love Cirque du Soleil, which was fabulous and we all highly recommend. After plans to meet again soon we said our goodbyes and both headed out of Vegas the next day. What a wonderful week it had been. The rest of the photos of Red Rock Canyon and Valley of Fire can be seen on my Facebook page.

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