The desert asks us to see differently. To truly appreciate the desert we must zoom out for a wide angle view to take in the grand vista with all of its visible geology. Then we must zoom in close to look for and see the detail and beauty hidden within the minutia. Seeing becomes a creative experience where one looks at everything, big and small, with a new perspective. How does this common reed look, silhouetted against the deep blue sky? How does this tiny white flower look with a dark background from the shade of this nearby rock?
Start using a few more senses and one can feel the warm breeze of approaching summer, flowing across one’s cheek, as the tiny brook tinkles faintly but distinctly in the foreground. Hear and see the wind rustling the reeds in unrehearsed dance steps taken by grass-skirted phantoms.
The Desert National Wildlife Refuge near Corn Creek challenges us to discovery its hidden treasures. The brand new visitors center does a good job of showcasing the bounty of the area in one comfortable, air conditioned, mini natural history museum.
The trails around the visitors center offer people easy access to the grounds of the Corn Creek Station and the raised hillocks created by old springs.
Corn Creek is a great stopping off point on the way to Hidden Forest or a drive out in the wilderness up Mormon Wells Road into the Sheep Range. If you are lucky, you might see big horn sheep running across the old Alamo Road, a rattle snake in the rocks, a hawk or eagle soaring overhead, or a fantastic array of colorful wild flowers.
The Corn Creek Visitors Center can be found a dozen miles north of Las Vegas, just east of highway 95 a few miles north of the Kyle Canyon turn off to Mt. Charleston.
Get out and enjoy the desert!