Las Vegas and the surrounding areas are beautiful but in very different ways.
The glass and high rises of The Strip lend themselves to a very prominent, modern, human-manufactured beauty. A designed thing meant to extract your money, existing only for the now.
The rock formations, however, of the Valley of Fire, located an hour's drive from Vegas, show a curvilinear, natural, haunting, and lasting beauty. Formed by water, their purpose is less explicit. They warn us who will be left in a changing climate, silently standing waiting for the water to return and resume its flowing wear.