Red Spring: A Desert Oasis

by | Mar 22, 2024

Steve & Judy at Red Spring in Red Rock Canyon

Whenever we visit our family in Las Vegas, Red Rock Canyon comes to mind. We always take some quality time to explore this unique and special natural wonder below Mt. Charleston. The red rock formations beg closer inspection.

On our first day of exploring the canyon, we stopped at Calico Basin where Red Spring sits on the east side of Red Rock ridge. As we observe hikers and rock climbers, my mind drifts back in a time when we both would’ve hiked up to the top on the various trails to take in the 360 degree views of the expansive mountain range and the valley below.

Our 70 something bodies don’t cooperate in these later years. So, we close our eyes and imagine for a moment. At Red Spring you can get a close up view of the rock formations that remind me of a Neopolitan ice cream cone.

“Native people used this area for thousands of years, living in the desert valley during the fall and winter and migrating to the hills and mountains during spring and summer.”

When I’m here, I think about and listen to the indigenous peoples who were here first, I want to walk their path and to know the journey of these remarkable people. What can we learn from them? Click the above link to learn more.

Red Spring is where the Sonoro meets the Mojave Desert in Calico Basin. This piece of heaven funnels water sources from deep rock crevices high above to nourish life on this desert oasis.

Willow Spring, next stop…

There are close to 30 numbered hikes in RR Canyon. Click the “Home” link just below the title, check it out. If you love hiking and rock climbing, this is the spot to test your abilities.

As oldsters, we treasure the memories of hiking anywhere anytime in some tough terrain. I bet we are not alone. But, we still make new memories and imagine hiking together on these trails. Exploring nature along with the ancient history of the Paiute & Ancestrial Plublos has become a passion since we relocated to the Southwest.

We hung out at the trail head and explored the surrounding cliffs. We imagined hiking up to the falls, but that’s a non starter these days. See the YouTube clip below on what we observed.

Judy and I both love to share our adventures exploring nature. We hope this article opens minds to new opportunities to enjoy the beauty of the Southwest.

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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