After three days in Las Vegas, we picked up our rental car and headed into the desert from some quality hiking. As we rolled out of Vegas, our first stop was Red Rock Conservation Area, which was only a short half hour drive from the Vegas Strip.
I absolutely fell in love with the area, the park is set up incredibly nice; once you pass the visitor’s center, you’re on a loop with many stops to pull over and head into the park for shorter hikes, longer hikes, rock climbing or just to take a few photos.
Could resist so we built our own little stone pile.
It had rained the week before so the desert was in full bloom and surprisingly green.
Lunch break – we stopped at this cute little spot on our way to Death Valley and found … turtles!
Late afternoon – entering Death Valley, full of life!
Zabriskie Point had been under construction and had just re-opened to the public 40 minutes before our arrival. It’s probably my favorite spot in the entire park …
…all I was desperately missing was a bride & groom to photograph on the rocks. This would be just perfect for unique wedding photos inside of Death Valley.
Our next stop was Badwater, the lowest point below sea level in the United States. What a change from our last visit back in 2001 – a parking lot, toilets …
… and, due to the rain, gorgeous reflective pools.
In a plank trying to get the perfect angle to photograph the salt flats.
The sun was setting at we left Death Valley to head back to Las Vegas.
The next day saw us visit the Hover Dam & Lake Mead where we decided to NOT take the helicopter tour to the Grand Canyon for just 39 Dollars per person. You know when something feels too cheap? Yeah, a cheap helicopter ride wasn’t going to happen. So instead, we crossed the new suspension bridge across the Hoover Dam by foot …
… which was high enough for my liking.
It’s incredible how much water has been drained from Lake Mead over the last decade; I still remember the water level being a good 20 feet higher last time we stopped by.
We headed over to Lake Mead and took the gorgeously scenic route along the lake heading north…
…into the Valley of Fire.
Entering the land of red rocks!
We saw so many incredibly cool places and realized how much we still love & miss the Southwest. As a result, we’ll be looking for a vacation rental in Henderson over the next couple of months so we’ll have a home base in Las Vegas for those long, cold winter months. However, Vermont will always be our home during the spring, summer & fall because we are Vermonters at heart.
What this means for you? If you want awesome wedding photos in Vermont, Las Vegas, Henderson and are looking for a wedding photographer who can rock unique wedding photos in Death Valley, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, Zion or any other awesome location, just get in touch and we’ll make it happen.
Kat – Kingdom Wedding Photography by Kat
Vermont & Las Vegas wedding photographer
Oh, and if you’d like to see more photos from our trip, just click on this link.