Meeting Mojave Locals Off the Strip in Red River Canyon, Nevada
On a summer afternoon in Las Vegas, the temperature can easily top 100°F. A woman in four-inch heels might step out of an air-conditioned, cavernous casino and take a gondola ride past a soaring fountain display, or indulge in a Michelin-star meal. The Strip is a land of convenience and luxury—but make no mistake, Sin City is a desert; the vegas (or meadows) have long since dried up. Just 20 miles from the neon downtown, Red Rock Canyon reveals quite a different landscape. Here, there is no relief from the relentless sun. In acres of red sandstone formations, only the hardy survive, and manicured gardens and high-rollers give way prickly cacti and wild burros.