Last week we went to Red Rock Canyon and did the 13 mile scenic drive. It was a beautiful cloudless day. Red Rock Canyon is located west of Las Vegas on Charleston Blvd (State Road 159).
The desert tortoise is Nevada's state reptile and can live to be 60-80 years old in the wild and spends 95% of its life in a burrow. Desert tortoises can live in areas with ground temperatures exceeding 140 °F (60 °C) because of their ability to dig underground burrows and escape the heat. In its burrow it is also protected from freezing winter weather while dormant, from November through February or March.