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Just a few miles away from the glitzy Las Vegas Strip is a hidden gem. This hidden gem is well known by the locals but mostly ignored by visitors wanting to experience Vegas Style gambling, five-star restaurants and shows. Hidden between the surrounding mountains and suburban neighborhoods is the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. It is a relatively small national park but carries a big impact.

Red Rock Canyon has a small visitor’s center with maps and rangers to help with any information you may need for camping, hiking and a map for the scenic drive through the park. As you enter the park you see cliffs, buttes and amazing rock formations in varying colors from light grays, blacks and charcoal. But it’s the red rocks that beacon you, drawing you to look closer to experience the colors formed; the deep red, burgundy, orange red’s and light salmon’s.

As you walk out of the visitor’s center and look at the unforgettable sights, you want to draw closer and spend time out in that God-given natural environment. All of a sudden, you want to be a hiker and that “outdoor person” because you have a sense the awe and majesty of your surroundings. Yes, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area may be the less traveled national park but it’s worth the extra effort to see its beauty.

Our Christian walk and the road we travel may also be the less traveled. When we worship God and His Son, our Savior, we spend time just experiencing the splendor of God’s Word. We place our reverence and veneration where it belongs with the Almighty- Maker-of-All-Beauty. We strap on our hiking shoes for amour and slather on the sunscreen of protection. We bring the water of salvation and our backpack of peace. We start out on this rough and rocky path knowing the beauty at the top is worth any hardship, any suffering or any adversity. We know He is waiting for us; waiting to tell us great job Hiker! Did you enjoy the trip along the way?

Matthew 25:23: His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness!’

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