From Lake Havasu City we headed to Las Vegas. Not sure why, maybe the casino trip??? Or not. We never made it to the strip, but did visit Sam’s Town Casino for about 30 minutes, that is how long our $20 lasted. We did find a couple of very nice day trips from Vegas. The first and most beautiful was the Valley of Fire. About an hour north is a very nice state park ($10 entrance) with beautiful colors and shapes.
After driving thru mostly brown arid desert for the hour + you cross a ridge to the most beautiful red rocks. Some just scattered about others in very large formations.
Little did we know that further into the valley the colors included yellows, purples and candy cane red and white stripes. This was truly a beautiful area.
We took a nice little walk around white dome which included a slot canyon and many beautiful colors and shapes. Being a state park as opposed to a national park, Nellie was able to join on our walk!!!
We also happened upon some petroglyphs and the wonderful big horned sheep!!!
Our second day trip was to the Hoover Dam!!! We visited here with Mom, Jimmy, Hailey and Gibson in 1998 on our way to raft the Grand Canyon. There were several notable differences.
First the road has been moved. You no longer have to drive over the two-lane dam. They have rerouted the highway and installed a very nice bridge over the river. You are able to walk across the new bridge and get nice ariel views of the dam.
I understand that the dam was creating quite a traffic jam during peak times of year, sometimes causing several hour delays. The original dam and road ways are now only for visitors and spectators, with several parking areas and a variety of tour options. We did the tour in 1998 so opted not to this time since I doubt that the workings of the dam had changed much!!
The other major change was the height of the lake. We have since read that the lake level has been falling since the mid 1980s, but it looked pretty full when we were there in 98. This time it was down at least a hundred feet. You can see the difference in these two pics now and then.
You can also see the difference looking out over the lake and marina, the white on the surrounding rocks is mineral deposits from years of being under water. The islands in the first picture were mostly underwater. Drought in the west is a real thing even with all the dammed rivers.
Nice visit to Las Vegas, glad our inner gambler didn’t take over. Peace and Love!!!