This truly unparalleled accumulation of steep sandstone cliffs, serene meadows, canyon narrows, weeping rocks, and waterfalls now is yours to explore and happens to be only a short road trip away from the hustle and bustle of the Las Vegas Strip. Even the drive to this refuge for flora, fauna and people alike is nothing short of spectacular. Crossing the Mojave Desert northward we journey right through Nevada’s turbulent history– past Native lands, old mining towns and massive mountain ranges loaded with gemstones, gold, and silver. Steadily gaining elevation we approach the vast Colorado Plateau. Like a sentinel of stone, the Virgin River Gorge seems to guard the entranceway to Utah’s most stunning scenery. This is the regionHollywood chose to film its most famous western movies as well as countless car commercials.