This weekend is perfect to get out in the desert for a bike ride or a hike. Many of the desert plants are blooming and the temperature is just right, not too hot and warm enough to feel just right.
If you prefer hiking, Red Rock is a great option. Jody and I saw a lot of blooms along the First Creek trail including:dune primrose, desert marigold, globe mallow, golden bush, straggling mariposa lily, desert four o'clock, Utah penstemon, scarlet gaura, Indian paintbrush, white sand verbena, woolly daisy, paper bag plant, yerba santa, banana yucca and strawberry hedgehog.
If you prefer a paved walkway or an easy bike ride, some very rare bear poppies and fully blooming indigo bush can be seen just a few hundred yards beyond the Sunrise Trail Head of the bike trail on the east side of the Clark County Wetlands Park.
I remember hearing someone say they couldn't wait to see the indigo bush bloom, and until yesterday, I couldn't imagine what the big deal was. The indigo bush is spectacular and there are hundreds of them blooming very close to the Sunrise Trail Head.
If you go early in the morning, you might see a coyote or two.
You can ride from the Sunrise Trail Head down to Lake Las Vegas and back in half a day. Jody and I rode down to Lake Las Vegas and enjoyed lunch at one of the cafes in Lake Las Vegas and then rode the seven or eight miles back up to the Sunrise Trail Head making a full and relaxing day of it.
The only downside to the trip is the trashy condition of the park facilities at the Sunrise Trail head. The facilities are frequently used and abused by local party goers and vandals. There is graffiti, trash and evidence of vandalism everywhere. It is sad and embarrassing.
You can reach the Sunrise Trail Head by following Charleston or Vegas Valley all the way east and then turning right on Hollywood. Follow Hollywood south as it turns east and passes a water treatment facility. You will see the Sunrise Trail Head on the right as the paved road ends and turns to dirt road.
As usual, take plenty of water and have plans for emergencies such as flat tires. There are times when you will be three or four miles from the nearest phone.