Red Rock Canyon

Located just outside of Las Vegas, NV, Red Rock Canyon is one of the premier natural wonders in the American Southwest. From rock climbing and hiking to mountain biking and camping, this protected area offers plenty of outdoor activities on more than 195,000 acres in the heart of the Mojave Desert.

Hiking, Biking and Driving

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There are more than 25 hiking trails that meander through the heart of Red Rock Canyon. Each trail has a specific name, roundtrip time and other classifications that are based on difficulty level. For example, the 1.5-mile Moenkopi Loop is considered easy on the difficult category. It'll take you approximately 90 minutes to explore this trail that follows ancient limestone ridges. Measuring up to 6 miles, the Calico Hills Trail offers great views of its namesake. Spanning only 0.20 miles, the Petroglyph Wall Trail leads you to beautiful rocky formations on cliffs. Rated easy on the difficult scale, this short trail is conveniently located near the picnic sections of Willow Springs. If you'd like to navigate some challenging landscapes, try some of the trails and loops that are rated strenuous. It'll take you at least five hours to fully explore Bridge Mountain or North Peak. Some trails that have moderate ratings include Lost Creek-Children's Discovery, Dale's, Knoll and Oak Creek Cutoff. Having one-way traffic, the Scenic Drive is officially designated for bicyclists and motorists. This paved road runs in a loop for approximately 13 miles through stunning landscapes. State Route 159 can also be used to explore the park by bicycle or car. Trails for mountain biking are accessible from State Route 160 and State Route 157. Bicyclists are not allowed to ride on any unmarked trails and other areas in the wilderness of the park.

Other Recreational Activities

Red Rock Canyon offers great camping opportunities for families seeking thrilling adventures in tranquil settings. Located approximately two miles away from the visitor centre, the park's official campground has more than 70 individual sites. Some of the on-site amenities include water faucets, picnic tables, charcoal grills and vault-style restrooms. If you'd like to explore the park on a 4x4 vehicle, you could head to the Rocky Gap Road and Cottonwood Valley. However, some ATVs might not be suitable for the treacherous conditions throughout the canyons, valleys and mountains. The park also has several equestrian trails that are located near major routes and markers, such as the White Rock parking lot. Of course, rock climbing is another popular activity on the canyons of this unique geologic gem. The Sandstone Quarry is one of the best spots for rock climbers of all skill levels. Aztec sandstone dominates the geography in most of the canyons. Only experienced individuals should attempt to climb the dark varnished rocks throughout the park.

Travel Tips

Featuring helpful resources and essential amenities, the visitor centre should be your first stop at Red Rock Canyon. The permanent galleries at this venue focus on the geography, history and biology of the region. Trail maps, brochures and other printed materials are readily available from the information desks at the visitor centre. Entrance fees to the park are covered by day and annual passes. For example, the American the Beautiful Pass is available in several editions that provide free access to national parks and reserves throughout the United States. Overnight and Late Exit permits are highly recommended if you plan to explore some of the most remote areas in the park.

Visiting Red Rock Canyon

Red Rock Canyon is located only 20 miles west of Las Vegas, Nevada. Blue Diamond Road connects this scenic landscape with the urbanized Sin City. The visitor centre at the park has outdoor parking space for passenger vehicles, buses and RVs. Beyond the visitor centre, there are limited amenities available alongside the narrow and isolated roads.

Location: 1000 Scenic Loop Drive (Visitor Center), Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 89161

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