OK, so you are in Las Vegas but you want to do some nature and wildlife photography. But not the wildlife of night time Vegas. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 197,000 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty. The Mojave is the smallest of the North American deserts. The four deserts in North America, in order of area are: Great Basin, Sonora, Chihuahuan, and the Mojave. The area has a nice scenic drive with plenty of pullouts to stop and photograph some nice landscapes. The area has numerous hiking trails and plenty of wildlife viewing. Get there very early when the light is still soft. It is cold in the winter, and blazing hot in the summer.