For many of the visitors to Red Rocks the desert can be viewed afar as a bleak, dusty, barren area. It takes more than a drive through to fully appreciate what is out there just a short distance from the paved roads. On all our rock climbing trips there comes a time when we need a break from pulling down on the stone. These are the times we explore new areas and see what other activities are around. Today we took a hike in an area called Fossil Ridge that I have drove by many times – it was a short three mile circuit. Viewed from the road I never saw the beauty that lay up on this hillside – after all it was over by the gypsum mining area which we always avoided. The hike was amazing and we were treated with a beautiful display of desert flora.

Enjoy these amazing photos of the desert in spring bloom!!!

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This is the road side view most visitors see of the desert.

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As you leave the road the scene changes. Here the Mojave Yucca stands behind the blooming Globe Mallows.

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Desert orchids in bloom.

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Fossil Ridge

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Fish hook Cactus

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Fossils from the past.

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Fossil

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Barrel Cactus.

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Cholla Cactus.

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Barrel growing out of the rock.

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Hedgehog Cactus.