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Hike along this trail to see the intersection of great and colorful geologic eras. The Keystone Thrust Trail is part of the La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area, designated by Congress in 2002. Vehicle: Passenger car.
Red Rocks: Keystone Thrust Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Hike along this trail to see the intersection of great and colorful geologic eras. The Keystone Thrust Trail is part of the La Madre Mountain Wilderness Area, designated by Congress in 2002. Vehicle: Passenger car."
--Brian Beffort, Afoot & Afield: Las Vegas & Southern Nevada (Wilderness Press).
More Red Rocks: Keystone Thrust Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"An easy day hike to a unique geological feature, the Keystone Thrust Fault Zone, in the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Walk 100 yards back down the road (east) to a closed dirt road now on your left (north). Follow the old road across the wash, where it turns left and starts to climb the ridge opposite the trailhead. After approximately 0.75 mile, the trail crosses a wash and climbs into a small saddle. Just up the ridge, the trail forks, with the right fork descending off the ridge into a small canyon. The contact of the Keystone Thrust Fault is visible below, where the older gray limestone has been forced over the top of the much younger red and white Aztec sandstone."
--Bruce Grubbs, Hiking Nevada: A Guide to the State's Greatest Adventures (Falcon Guides).
"The Keystone Thrust trail gives the hiker grand views of the area’s geology and the thrust fault that gave this hike its name. For your dog, the hike offers an interesting change in scenery. The first portion of the trail weaves through dense desert plants. Later on, the vegetation is sparser as the trail moves across sandstone rock. Please be advised: At the end of the trail there is a significant drop-off, so be careful with your dog in this area. Small pools can form after a rain, so if you plan the trip accordingly your pup may get to splash around. Under foot and paw: Gravel, dirt, and rock."
--Kimberly Lewis & Paula Jacoby-Garrett, Best Hikes with Dogs: Las Vegas & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
"An easy day hike to an overlook above the Keystone Thrust Fault contact zone, a place where older rocks have been overturned and thrust on top of younger rocks."
--Bruce Grubbs, Best Easy Day Hikes: Las Vegas (Falcon Guides).
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