One of the many impressive things about Red Rock Canyon is its proximity to Las Vegas. What used to be a 30-minute drive at a minimum is now a mere ten minutes from the nearest developed land. In fact, there is a pretty major hotel and casino just over the ridgeline visible in this photo. There is an on-going debate over how close we should allow housing and commercial districts get to the site with those against encroachment fighting to defend the sanctity and purity of the area. Unfortunately, they won’t be able to stop the almighty dollar.