LAS VEGAS -- After having a late dinner and checking out casino
life the night before, the last thing I wanted to do was get up
early and marvel at nature's handiwork in the Red Rock Canyon
National Conservation Area.
Yet, there it was 8 a.m. and, yes, there I was in the lobby of the
Regent Grand Spa, waiting to meet the guide who would accompany me
on my trek.
As it turned out, the hike was the highlight of my stay at the
property, and I would recommend it to anyone who is remotely
interested in getting a closer look at a view that most of the
hotel's guests would only experience from their windows or on a
Red Rock Canyon is a 20-minute drive from the Resort at
Summerlin, so even those who do not want to hike can experience the
beauty of the terrain via a scenic drive that winds through the
I am glad, however, I got the opportunity to walk the Pine Creek
and Fire Ecology trails, deviating from the manmade path at times
and following a nearly dried-up creek bed strewn with large rocks
and inhabited by various wildlife. The two-hour hike included a
boxed breakfast from Ceres, the hotel's signature restaurant.
Difficulty and length of hikes, which can be arranged through
the Aquae Sulis Spa, can be tailored to fit the ability of an
individual or a group of individuals.
Prices average $25 per hour and include transportation, a guide
and a boxed snack.
In the near future, according to a resort spokeswoman, the
property will offer a hike on Saturday mornings that is
complimentary for resort guests. Reservations for hiking, biking
and other activities can be made through the spa, once it
officially opens on Dec. 1. Until then, these activities can be
booked through the concierge desk.