This beautiful state park is well worth the day trip from Las Vegas. It's truly spectacular -- a geological wonderland great for sightseeing, hiking, climbing and scrambling. The geology is mainly the remains of eroded ancient seabeds, which leave us with incredibly beautiful and colorful sedimentary rock formations.
You can easily spend hours at each of the main sights and stops in the Park, just exploring or taking any of the many hikes. The Visitor Center is quite nice, with excellent exhibits about the geology, early to modern human habitation, ecosystem, and wildlife.
One particularly lovely and easy hike is the 1.2 mile loop from the White Column trailhead. One highlight is the very narrow slot canyon through which this hike winds. But anywhere in the Park you'll see beautiful sights in the geology, on a large scale and in the small scale details of individual formations and even individual rocks.
My wife, son and I were here when the high was 70, which I imagine is vastly more pleasant than when it's 115.
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