Outside the Neon Lights of Vegas in Red Rock Canyon

Outside the Neon Lights of Vegas in Red Rock Canyon

Nokia brought me to Las Vegas and provided this experience for the purposes of testing their smartphones. However, as it always is here, my opinion about the experience is mine alone and I was not required to write anything in particular or to abide by any dictated message.

When I had the chance to travel to Las Vegas recently for an experience that promised everything BUT the strip and the neon lights, I jumped at the chance to go! Especially when I was told we’d visit Red Rock. It seemed like the trip organizers at Nokia really understood me from the first line of the pitch about what our trip would entail. I saw the words, ‘nature’ and ‘cowboys’ and I knew I could exhale and find a few minutes of peace and happiness.

We spent an afternoon and evening outside downtown, in Red Rock Canyon, and it was my personal favorite experience from the trip. It came complete with a trail ride, sunset over the mountains, steaks on the grill and cowboys singing around the campfire.  There were even s’mores. My dear friend, C.C. Chapman, was there and I made a few new friends like photographer Pei Ketron (who I’ve followed online for forever). The views in Red Rock were stunning and time just seemed to slow down to that exact pace that allowed me to savor every single moment.

I captured it all with only Nokia 1020 and 1520 smartphones, never needing to worry about dropping a camera while horseback riding or getting dust in a lens.ctr009ctr010ctr011ctr012Processed with VSCOcam with b1 presetctr014

You can have the same experience we did by booking with Cowboy Trail Rides. They picked us up and dropped us off at our hotel and had all the gear we needed to have a safe, fun and [truly] delicious experience [STEAKS ON A GRILL!!!]. It was quite luxurious in the level of service and thought that went into the entire day, while allowing us to be outdoors in tune with the land.

  • April 08, 2014

    Such a great time and I’m beyond happy that we got to spend time together experiencing this.

    • April 08, 2014

      Great time indeed! And so great to share it with you. Cheers to more adventures ahead 😉

  • April 08, 2014
    Pauline Susanto

    I’ve always equated Vegas with strip clubs, neon lights, and casinos, so I’ve never had the desire to even go there in the first place… until I saw your Instagram pictures and read this (as of now). Thanks for sharing the info! And gorgeous photos, by the way 🙂

    • April 10, 2014

      That’s how I used to feel!!!! Now that I’ve been to Red Rocks I actually love Las Vegas. Also, if you give it a shot, you might like “Container Park.” It is in the old downtown and is a place where converted box cars are now restaurants, shops and a park where you can enjoy the sun, socialize, etc. etc. and it’s one of my favorite planned developments I’ve ever found. So different from the Strip and all its casinos. And thank you, glad you like the photos!!

  • April 10, 2014

    Yeehaaa, cowgirl! Gorgeous!

    • April 10, 2014

      Hehe!!! I might have said ‘yeehaaa’ several times during that day. Couldn’t resist. It was truly lovely 🙂 Thank you dear.

  • April 11, 2014

    wow! all on your Nokia! you really do have an amazing eye. Who was the trail ride with?

    • May 10, 2014

      Thank you so much!! And yes, every image in this post captured with my Nokia Lumia phones. I had two at that time, the 1020 and 1520. Trail experience was with, “Cowboy Trail Rides.”

  • May 02, 2014

    Woah… Some fantastic smartphone photos! And a cowboy adventure too… I’m sat here a little jealous… 😉

    Torsten @ http://www.mightytravels.com

    • May 10, 2014

      Thank you so much! Hope you get to do this at some point yourself, it’s terrific.

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