The drive into the conservation area would have been worth the trip all by itself.
The area is full of mountains and ridges layered with red, grey and white rock - depending on which minerals were most prevalent in the ground before shifting plates shoved everything up at odd angles.
We hiked the Keystone Thrust trail up to an area of sliding red rocks and a crop of white sandstone.
It was 106 degrees F with a dry breeze, so we carried lots of water, wide brimmed hats and SPF 50.
As we stopped to admire the view, some mountain goats stood on a neighboring ridge checking us out.
We were tired and dry enough after walking up the Keystone Thrust that we decided to skip our second trail goal - the Icebox Canyon - for the day. But I really want to go back and do it before we leave town. We would hike up between two canyon walls and approach the face of what would be a waterfall, if it was rainy season.
I would have LOVED to ride the 13 mile scenic drive around the park on a bike. Good climbs, great descents and unbeatable scenery. If you can make the trip out to Red Rock Canyon, I'd highly recommend the ride. Just be sure to bring lots of water. Once you leave the visitors center, there are no food or water sources in the park.