Sunday, March 25, 2012

Quick trip to Las Vegas

This past week we went to Las Vegas for some sun and to have a look around. 

The riding was excellent. Drew and I rode around some of the trails out at Blue Diamond on Wednesday afternoon.  Due to a flat tire (no tubeless tires on Scotty yet :-( ), we were out almost until sundown, which made for some pretty light.

We found our dinner, complete with tasty beers, in the Whole Foods Market.  They were even handing out wine samples at this Whole Foods.  I wish we had that in SLC!

We rode Blue Diamond again on Thursday morning, this time with our personal guide and friend Erica, who showed us some fun side trails. 

We flew back to SLC that afternoon.  I love the window seat on this flight.  Just after take off you have Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam.

You can't really see the dam in this picture, but you can see what a "good" place it was to put a dam - the canyon gets narrow downstream (top of the picture) of the damsite.

But the real cool part is flying over Saint George, where we go to ride the Zen trail and Race Course, which I could easily pick out from 35,000 feet.  I could also see notable geologic formations and hydrologic features.  

The geologic map of the Saint George area is available in two really cool interactive formats on our Utah Geological Survey website.  Check it out if you want to geek out for a while.

Virtual geologic map overlay in Google Earth

Utah Vector Geologic Map


  1. Great pics! I LOVE the BD trail network. Was just down there a couple weeks ago, and with a little luck will pass by again in another 2 weeks. I always like how uncrowded the area is, despite being so so close to giant, sprawling LV.

  2. Watcher, yes, Blue Diamond is always lonely. Both times we rode there this week, with perfect weather mind you, we saw only a handful of people. I like that there seems to be some new side trails built in the past year or two as well. Have you tried the Cowboy Trails yet. That area is really fun too and a bit more technical.