When I travel for business I try to mix in some pleasure. In most cases that means taking the weekend at the end of the trip to explore new places around the area.
This was the case with my recent trip to Las Vegas. I ended up exploring the Red Rock Canyon and Lake Mead. Beautiful places with plenty of hiking and swimming.
Calico Tanks in Red Rock Canyon. Moderate hike.
View from Turtlehead Peak at Red Rock Canyon. Las Vegas strip visible in the distance. Strenuous hike.
Red Rock Canyon from my hotel room, bathing in the morning sunlight.
Lake mead from an overlook. Clearly low water levels, indicated from the light/dark contrast on the islands. Swimming is still allowed from the Boulder beach.
Shot from the top of Hoover dam. Clearly visible bathtub ring indicates historic low water levels.