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Red Rock Canyon & Howard Hughes Ranch Tour by SUV from Las Vegas
Red Rock Canyon and Howard Hughes Ranch Tour
The Red Rock Canyon and Howard Hughes Ranch Tour is an SUV tour to Red Rock Canyon and the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, a 520-acre property that was once developed into a combination working ranch and luxury retreat once owned by the famous billionaire aviator, Howard Hughes.
Red Rock Canyon is an incredible display of Aztec Sandstone just minutes from Las Vegas. Experts say it is the most studied and famous geographic fault in the world. It is a photographer's dream come true with scheduled photo stops including ancient Indian petroglyphs, pictographs and Agave roasting pits, and desert springs. The three thousand-foot tall, multi colored, Wilson cliffs (which are ancient sand dunes) are breathtaking. Many movies have been filmed here.
There is a good chance of seeing big horn sheep, wild horses, and wild burros on this adventure. The variety of cacti, yucca, and other plant life is fascinating.
This is a half-day tour (approximately 4.5 hours). Most of the tour is on paved roads, with approximately 45 minutes of gentle off-road time, and short, easy hikes.
Please note that this is a top quality tour. Please note the following:
~ Fully narrated tour.
Spring Mountain Ranch State Park (Howard Hughes Ranch)
In the 1830s-40s, the meadows of the Ranch were camping sites for Utes and mountain men passing through the area. One of those mountain men, Bill Williams, used the site for horses that he "acquired" in raids of ranches in California often enough that the site became known as the Old Bill Williams Ranch.
The 1860s Blacksmith Shop and Sandstone Cabins are the second oldest buildings in the Las Vegas area, (The Old Mormon Fort in downtown Las Vegas being the oldest building in Nevada) built at the time that James B. Wilson filed a claim on the property and named it the Sandstone Ranch. A friend of the Wilson family, Willard George, acquired the ranch in 1929. George eventually raised chinchillas and cattle on the property.
In 1944, Chet Lauck ("Lum" of the famous radio team of "Lum and Abner") took the ranch and renamed it, the Bar Nothing Ranch. He and his friend Don Ameche of movie fame, raised race horses and cattle on the ranch.
It was named Spring Mountain Ranch in 1955, when it was purchased by Vera Krupp, the German movie star who owned the famous Krupp diamond after marrying the German munitions tycoon Baron Alfred Krupp. It became her principal residence until 1967, when she sold the ranch to Howard Hughes. She added a swimming pool and a secret passageway to the ranch house.
Hughes sold the ranch to two local business men in 1972, who intended to make a housing development on the site. The State bought it instead and turned it into a park.
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Private and custom tours are available with a minimum of four passengers. Departure times can be changed for private tours. Please allow 7 hours of daylight for full day tours and 3½ hours of daylight for half-day tours.
In the unlikely event of extreme weather conditions, the trip may be re-routed.
MINIMUM 24 HOURS ADVANCE RESERVATION REQUIRED. Tour includes free hotel pick-up and drop-off from designated hotels. Tour requires a total minimum of 4 passengers to operate. Child rate applies to children under the age of 12; children under 22 pounds may ride in an adult's lap for free. Limit of one child discount per adult. Please reserve online or call us toll-free at 888-698-7952.
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