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The barren desert spreads out for miles under the last rays of the afternoon sun. Long shadows are cast by the sparse vegetation. I find that the deserts have a compelling beauty that I find irresistible. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a beautiful U.S. Bureau of Land Management area on the western edge of the Las Vegas Valley, featuring unmatchable natural beauty. The Calico Basin Red Springs area features spectacular red and white sandstone cliffs and, as the name implies, there are many natural springs that feed the abundant vegetation and attract a variety of interesting wildlife. Calico Basin is a colorful area tucked between the gray limestone La Madre Mountains to the north, the red sandstone Calico Hills to the west, and a desert ridge to the south. Three springs with permanent water emerge from the base of the red sandstone cliffs: Red Spring, Calico Spring, and Ash Spring. Water also runs in washes to the north and south of the springs during the winter months. The water supports large cottonwood trees, ash trees, shrub live oak, honey mesquite, and Saltgrass meadows. Red Spring flows from a shallow tunnel in the rocks at the end of the road. The outflow from Red Spring also feeds a beautiful marshy grassland.