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!!!


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


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


Desert orchids in bloom.


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Fossil Ridge


Fish hook Cactus

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Fossils from the past.




Barrel Cactus.


Cholla Cactus.


Barrel growing out of the rock.


Hedgehog Cactus.