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Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock National Park, Las Vegas

Pine Creek Trail is another cool walkabout or hike in Red Rock Canyon. Located near the end of the one-way loop.

The unusual appearance of Ponderosa Pines, a meandering creek with shadowed pools, and the abundance of bighorn sheep make the trail worthwhile. The canyon views and sheer rock walls offer dramatic landscape. One caveat — rocks of varying size pepper the trail, so you’ll spend a lot of time looking at your feet while moving.

Bighorn Sheep, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Vegas

Bighorn Sheep on Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Bright desert flowers sometimes bloom alongside the path.

Desert Flower, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock National Park, Las Vegas

Desert Flower in Bloom, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Vegas

A mile and a half in, water and shade welcome you, as you penetrate the canyon’s interior.

Hiking Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock National Park, Las Vegas

Dog in Water, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

And then you’ll see more bighorn sheep on nearby ledges.

Bighorn Sheep, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Pine Creek Trail covers about 2.6 miles. But like a lot of Red Rock, you can go further, cut this short, or take varying routes. Using the mountains as landmarks is fairly easy.

Rock climbers enjoy the steep sheer walls inside the canyon, as this picture shows —

Rock Climbers on Wall, Pine Creek Trail, Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas

Since you’re still near Las Vegas, you never know who will roll up. James Bond? Austin Powers?

Cool Car, Pine Creek Trailhead, Rock Rock National Park, Las Vegas

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