In the first photo, you are looking southwest at an ancient fault line or escarpment if you wish. As far as I know, this fault line has been dormant for a very long time. If you could fly, rising over the ridge and continuing west would land you in Lovell Canyon, another beautiful place I haven’t been to in a long time.
In photo two you are looking almost north and at Red Rock Canyon proper. You can’t see it in the photo because it’s basically a huge gash in Earth’s skin and is very deep. You need to be in front of it to see it. It’s a favorite for tourists and locals alike. The canyon is inside the BLM Fee area so you’ll need to fork over some cash to enter.
In 2020, you had to make an appointment with the BLM to enter the 12-mile long scenic drive due to Covid.