Animal Ark is north of Reno, NV. We had been there in the summer, but never in winter. We found out that Animal Ark was opened for two weekends in the winter of 2017 .
The Reno, NV area of Nevada had received a lot of snow in the winter of 2016- 2017. At one point Animal Ark didn’t know if they would be even able to open on Martin Luther King weekend since there might have been too much snow!
We decided to go up and we had a blast, but boy were we cold! It was so neat to see the animals be active instead of hiding in the shade like they do when it is hot.
The actual bears were hibernating.
Bobcat (photo courtesy of my husband)
We were seeing a lot of cottontail rabbit ‘remains’ in the enclosures. We were able to watch this jaguar catch this rabbit. The rabbit ran right for the jaguar! The staff thought it was since there was fresh straw, etc put out in the enclosures.
Jaguar with a fresh catch (photo courtesy of my husband)
Here is the website for Animal Ark: http://animalark.org/
If you are interested in going it is a good idea to either check out their posts on Facebook or check out their website a head of time.
At the end of September the husband had a short work conference in Las Vegas so I tagged along and we turned it into a mini vacation. Most people think of gambling and shows when they think of Las Vegas, but since we live in Northern Nevada we didn’t do any of that. After spending our required 1.5 days on the Strip, for his conference, we got a hotel away from the Strip and went exploring.
So, I found the Hampton Inn & Suites Las Vegas – Red Rock / Summerlin. It was is on the west side of Las Vegas and near the ‘loop’ road so I knew we could get to the areas that we planned on going without too much difficulty.
Years ago we visited Las Vegas and Red Rock Canyon was a way outside of town. Well, that is not the case anymore. Las Vegas has grown a lot since the last time we had visited. It turns out the hotel I selected was 11 miles from Red Rock Canyon.
So, in the afternoon, after the conference ended we went and explored Red Rock Canyon. There is now a nice visitor center and we drove the scenic route and took some photos. Since it was later in the day we didn’t go on any long hikes.
Here are a few photos. Las Vegas is visible in the background of the upper right photo.
Red Rock Canyon outside Las Vegas
So, when was a the last time you visited Las Vegas and did you go see anything besides The Strip?