All posts tagged: Red Rock

Goodbye Old Man Winter

Adam and I are celebrating – celebrating the beginning of February, which means that the worst of winter is behind us (hopefully). This winter in the van has been particularly challenging. From enduring the biting cold of 10 degree nights in Bishop, to a week straight of snow and rain in Red Rock, to a weekend of 50 mph winds and flooding in Joshua Tree, we just couldn’t seem to escape the frosty clutch of winter. Ice covered windshields and snow covered landscapes followed us from one desert to the next. Every day tasks -cooking, getting dressed, going to the bathroom – were a struggle. I wore the same pair of long johns under all my layers for over a week because it was solely too cold to even consider exposing my bare skin to the raw air. The constant cold numbed us. My motivation to climb dwindled. My motivation to run disappeared. I found no pleasure being outside. I simply wanted to feel warm again. And then, the other morning, Adam and I woke up to …

A Road Warrior’s Guide to Red Rock

About Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Fees/Park Passes Daily Car Fee: $7.00 Daily Motorcycle, Bicycle, Pedestrian Fee: $3.00 Scenic Drive Annual Pass: $30.00  American the Beautiful Pass (an inter-agency pass honored by the National Park Service, Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management & Fish and Wildlife Service): $80.00 Scenic Drive Hours  The scenic drive loop is the main driving road that circles through Red Rock. It is a one way road, meaning, once you pass the Visitor’s Center you must drive the entire 13 mile loop to exit. In an effort to prevent vandalizing and other issues (as a result of its close proximity to Vegas) driving access closes each night. The road is open every day with times changing slightly according to the season. October: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM  November – February: 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM March: 6:00 AM – 7:00 PM April – September: 6:00 AM – 8:00 PM Late Exit/Overnight Permits If you’re climbing a long route (or if there’s any chance at all you might not make it back to your car by closing time) you can request a late exit permit. They are free of charge and …