Even in wetter moments, water can be scarce in the desert. Luckily, plants and animals can access other water sources. As part of aptly named Spring Mountains, Red Rock Canyon contains 42 springs. Because much of the conservation area is made of large-grained sandstone rock, water from other areas percolate through the earth to resupply rare permanent water sources. (Kind of like Starbucks Coffee is made, but not quite!)
Wildlife such as bighorn sheep, mountain lions and coyotes can also find water in isolated rock depressions. Called TINAJAS, these shaded, cooler, sunken formations naturally gather rain water and can sometimes hold it year-round. (Information from the Bureau of Land Management)
I'm jealous! When SP-member Anya is over here, she always sees wildlife! I saw no wildlife! The Red Rocks Fauna includes desert bighorn sheep, deer, coyotes, mountain lions, and polecats. Polecats is slang for skunks. I didn't see any of them, either, and that really STINKS!!!
Photo taken at Calico Hills on March 10, 2008 near the Scenic Drive (Loop) Road inside RRCNCA in southern Nevada
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