Hundreds of years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... But the world may be different because I did something so bafflingly crazy that my ruins become a tourist attraction.
Valley of Fire looks like a place with some real potential if you can be out there at the crack of dawn, and again at sunset. In the middle of the day, even in Sept., it will be hot as hades and the light flat and uninteresting.
For people in the area, you can try posting in the appropriate regional section, too. I can't think of any Vegas People off hand, but I don't know everyone on here
Red Rock State Park is more fun for wandering in the cooler parts of the day. If you're willing to drive a bit more, Mt. Charleston has some good hikes and it's high enough to be comfortable at this time of year.
I don't know much about the Las Vegas area - but if you have time you could head up US 95 to the Lida Summit area. If you're in good shape climb Magruder Mountain and explore some of the many springs in the area. Indian Spring west of Lida Summit has copious amounts of water and hardly anybody knows about it! Pigeon Spring is pretty nice too. If you're good with maps try to find Kline Spring! Sincerely, Tim
I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who posted advice here. I ended up spending some time at Spring Mountain Ranch and "hiking" behind it a bit. It was a very short hike but I was the only one up there. I got a chance to just sit there and listen to the wind through the canyon. At the age of 45 I've never been in this type of terrain, it was an incredible feeling.