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The two RV Gypsies at Red Springs area
in Nevada

- August 7, 2012

state of Nevada

After visiting Red Rock Canyon (part of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area), the Two RV Gypsies noticed a sign for Red Spring (shown below) and decided to go there.

 

a round house just before entering the Red Springs area

a round house near Red Spring
sign: Red Spring

This project in the Red Springs area is a result of management alternatives developed to protect the habitat in this high use area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a Bureau of Land Management area on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley. This area, known as Red Spring, the Red Springs area, or Calico Basin, is sheltered and moist, making it attractive to a wide variety of birds and other wildlife.

 

The two RV Gypsies saw a Desert Cottontail but it ran so fast that Karen couldn't photograph it.

Karen was able to photograph a little chipmunk even though it also moves very quickly.

Desert Cottontail
a little chipmunk
a little chipmunk
a little chipmunk

There is a boardwalk that circles the entire area - easy walking and allows visitors to enjoy the site and experience interpretive areas while sensitive riparian habitat is protected.

A wooden boardwalk within the fenced area at Red Springs educates the public to the sensitivity of Red Spring. Allowing the public access into the enclosure on a defined path will eliminate the desire to jump over the fence and trample sensitive areas. A wooden boardwalk can also enhance the interpretive experience.

a boardwalk at Red Spring
Lee Duquette on the boardwalk at Red Spring
sign about Precious Waters at Red Spring

Red Spring is part of Red Rock Canyon (Red Rock National Conservation area)

sign about Red Rock Canyon recreation Lands

Hugging the base of towering dunes, the boardwalk gets visitors close enough to see the effect of what iron rich coatings on grains of sand and calcium carbonate from water has done to these dunes both bleaching the rock white, then accenting it with the deepest reds resulting in patterns of red spots, bumps and marbles (see below for explanation of spots, bumps and marbles).

sign about red spots in the sandstone
sign about bumps or iron spots
sign about marbles in the rocks

As the two RV Gypsies start their walk on the boardwalk, they find themselves amazed by the beauty all around them.

beautiful dunes
beautiful dunes
a rocky area at Red Spring
trees and rocks
trees and rocks
big rocks
a rock dune
 

Below: Signs explaining that ancient springs once flowed here, plus a photograph of the area where the spring once flowed.

Sign explaining that ancient springs once flowed here sign: evidence of an ancient spring
where the ancient spring once flowed at Red Spring
 

DIFFERENT TYPES OF ROCKS: The two RV Gypsies are fascinated by the spots, bumps, and marbles on the rocks.

rocks growing together - sign

The rock below looks it has chicken pox. LOLlaughing clipart

chicken pox rock
close-up of a chicken pox rock
spotted white rock
fallen rocks
funny shaped rock
funny shaped rock

Swiss cheese anyone???

Swiss cheese rock
 

Hopefully, you have visited other pages on this website and have already learned about Petroglyphs and Pictographs. But in case you skipped those pages, here are signs explaining the difference between Petroglyphs and Pictographs.

sign about petroglyphs
petroglyphs on a rock
faint petroglyphs on a rock
sign about Pictographs
 
a big fallen rock
rock embedded in the field
striped rock
striped rock
where the rocks fall from
falling rocks
sign about Calico Hills rock concretions
sign: the story of the Aztec sandstone
 

importanthistory bookBelow: some important signs showing how this exact area looked from 600 million years ago through today. The sign on the left side below is demonstrating how areas in the photo below on the right looked in the past. Karen photographed each section of the sign separately so they are big enough to be read - so just scroll down and be amazed.

legend of this area
this area today
this area 600-250 million years ago
this area 250-180 million years ago
this area 180-60 million years ago
this area from 1.8 million to10,000 years ago
arid desert
sign about the ever changing landscape
 

The two RV Gypsies are approaching the end of the boardwalk and their adventure at Red Spring.

end of the boardwalk
Karen Duquette on the boardwalk at Red Spring

A big rock that previously fell from the mountain and landed beside the boardwalk

A big rock

A tree and some flowers (some with bees on them) that Karen enjoyed photographing

A tree
flowers and bees
a flower
flowers close-up
flowers
flowers
flowers and bees
flowers
 

Now, back in their car, the two RV Gypsies stop for a few more photos of this scenic area.

scenic area.
scenic area.
scenic area.
scenic area.
scenic area.

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the two RV Gypsies in Nevada

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have viewed all four (6) sections above, please continue on to the adventures of the two RV Gypsies in Utah: Bryce Canyon National Park, Red Canyon, Kodachrome Basin State Park, The Grand Staircase - Escalante, Zion National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Arches National Park and more