The road through Red Rock Canyon

(enjoy a better view by clicking on the image and seeing it in a lightbox)

I’ve been to Las Vegas countless times for my day job. Even after picking up photography only about 18 months ago…I still have been here at least 5-6 different times since then. Never during any of those times did I make a trip out to Red Rock Canyon. It’s not always easy…like in the middle of winter when the sunset in Las Vegas is 4:30 in the afternoon. That’s just silly. Those of us working normal hours don’t have a chance.

But finally on this trip the sun wouldn’t set until 6:45 and I had a couple of hours to spend driving out there and looking around.

All the reports are true. It’s a beautiful place. And there were a lot of people being all “touristy” like me, plus exercise nuts riding their 10-speeds around the park’s looped road. The only thing I kept in the back of my brain was to try and find something unique that someone else might not see. I always, always try to do that even if I don’t necessarily accomplish it. If I saw people gathering and taking pictures at obvious spots, I tried to look to the opposite area.

I was hoping for a brilliant sunset because of all the high clouds, but they thickened up as the day wore on and it ended up not allowing for much color in the sky. Still, I liked the way they looked anyways and of course you know I can’t resist a solid road shot.  It’s not too easy to see here, but the road does a little “S” curve as it disappears and cuts through the hill where you see orange-looking crevice.

As I’m sure most people say after visiting this park…I only wish I had more time. If only we could freeze the hour before sunset just to wander around capturing all that beautiful light goodness.

My friend, Iron Man Brian Matiash, posted his own shot from Red Rock when he was here last, you must go check it out.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/16, iso 200)

12 replies
  1. Chris Nitz
    Chris Nitz says:

    I think you need to rent a Mad Max style vehicle and go racing along in this area. I like the shot, especially that big yellow tuft of grass right on the side of the road. Nicely done!

  2. Brian Matiash
    Brian Matiash says:

    This is one of my favorite parts of Red Rock – the expanse of winding roads with gorgeous mountains in the backdrop. It reminds me of that one track in Rad Racer from the Nintendo days.

  3. Chris DeAngelis
    Chris DeAngelis says:

    Cool shot Mike! Love how you composed this shot! I may have to make a side trip on my way home 🙂

  4. Scott Wood
    Scott Wood says:

    I used to go to Las Vegas for 30 days at a time when I was in the Air Force. I would get tired of the typical Las Vegas stuff fairly quickly and would spend as much time as possible in places like Lake Mead and Red Rock Canyon.

    Thanks for posting this great image to “take me back” to a place I haven’t been in quite a few years.

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