Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 76%Adventure Travelers
- 68%Budget Travelers
- 65%Local Culture
- 61%Family Travelers
- 58%Green Travelers
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- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Jul 05, 2014
Red Rock Canyon, located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas strip, is a great place to enjoy the sun away from the strip. With all of the climbing, running, scrambling, jumping, hiking, picnicking and bouldering you're able to do here, the fun will last all day.
The red rocks contrast perfectly with the blue sky and with the dark mountains behind them. The red rocks are HUGE. Photos do not do it justice. It is a beautiful park.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 3Apr 06, 2014
Great place to see the rock formation and the history of the area. Also a great place to see the desert tortoise. Disability access is available. You will need about 2 hours to visit.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Apr 06, 2014
This place is an amazing getaway to Vegas in the nontraditional Vegas sense. If you ever are in Vegas and need to have a day with nature, away from the smoke, alcohol, and gambling, you must check out Red Rock Canyon. There is a small entrance fee of $7 per vehicle to help maintain the park, but other than that, it's a free adventure - whether you decide to drive or hike it. (There's other options, like biking or camping too.)
There are a variety of trails, but my bf and I love taking the Ice Box Trail. This trail is challenging, but completely worth-it for the views you get of the canyon, and during winter, the view of the "ice box." We have gone here during July and November, getting almost a completely experience each time. In the hot 90-100 degree weather in July, the canyon is actually completely cool - it's surprising that all the rocks, even in direct sunlight, are cool to the touch. In November, with temperatures around 70-80, it gets pretty cold in the canyon and there is a completely different environment. The dry trails we trekked in the summer were now slightly wet with some large ponds here and there, and even a waterfall was now visible at the ice box. I would really love to see the ice formations in the winter one day.
As for actually hiking the Ice Box Trail, I suggest sturdy shoes (hiking boots would be nice, but since I didn't want to splurge, I just used my trail running shoes, which were much much better than my running shoes -durgh lol). Bring a jacket for Fall/Winter hikes, along with lots of sunblock, no matter what time of year. I also suggest hiking with a friend or group, preferably with someone who is good with navigation, since a clear, delineated trail ends early on. And by navigation, I mean navigating to and back from the ice box without gps on your phone lol. In any case, the trek through the uneven terrain with slippery rocks and occasional scrambling challenges is all worthwhile. I highly highly suggest checking this place out if you like nature. Grabbing some paninis at Jean Philippe in the morning and heading out to hike the Ice Box Trail is one of my absolute favorite activities when going to Vegas.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 2Dec 07, 2013
If you have been to Vegas too many times and starting to get tired of all the gambling and clubbing, take a short trip away from the strip to see the other side of this desert town has to offer.
The Red Rock Canyon is extremely tourist friendly. A short scenic drive will take you through most of the major attractions and overlooks. Those who are not fond of hiking or walking can stay in the comfort in their own cars and still able to experience the beauty of nature. More adventurous souls could enjoy hiking in the canyon or scrambling through some rocks. Be cautious though, summer heat could be really daunting.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Dec 07, 2013
When you need a breath of fresh air, do as the locals do: go hiking at Red Rock. If the weather is too hot, you can still take in the breathtaking views of the rust-colored natural rock formations from the comfort of your air-conditioned car on the 13-mile route that runs through the park.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudentsAdventure TravelersDec 07, 2013
Gorgeous spot for getting in touch with nature, away from the neon lights of the Strip. Just a 30-minute drive west of the Strip, this nature preserve is especially gorgeous before sunset. Stop off at the visitor center before you get to the entrance fee station at the start of the scenic loop drive. That way, you can pick up all the info you'll need, whether you're looking to go rock climbing, picnicking or hiking. Check the website in advance for guided activity tours (reservations usually required, nominal fees apply). Also make sure you check on Red Rock's seasonal opening hours, because the scenic drive and the main part of the entire conservation area are only open during limited daylight hours.Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 7Sep 25, 2013
This is a great place to go hiking out in the Nevada desert. It’s a lil ways north of Las Vegas with tons of red volcanic rock, sand, and wildlife. They have all kinds of fun things here.
There are multiple entrances to this park and parking is available at some places. The trails here go all over the desert; up to and over or around hills, cacti’, rock formations, etc. There are interesting insects, wildlife, and flora/fauna to check out. You can see samples of this at the pagodas around the park.
PRO TIP: Bring a hydration pack or a lot of water, you are hiking/walking in the desert!
There are multiple picnic areas with tables under pagodas in some locations. Some of the parking areas have restrooms as well. Thus you don’t have to find a shrubbery to pull up. That is never as fun for some as it is for others…
Be prepared to be hot and dirty if you spend any time here at all. The dust can be kicked up easily, but its so refreshing to be in an alien environment and experiencing something new. I love it a lot. It makes me super happy to get out and about like this and this is a great place to go and explore.
So if you need a fun excursion from lost wages while there and want something free… well here you go!Recommended for:
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFoodies+ 4Dec 07, 2013
I wish I can give it more stars! I didn't live too far from here and would frequently come here to have a picnic or walk around the trails. There is parking fee of a few dollars to park, and you can drive to other parking lots with trails. I usually by-passed this fee, and drove ahead a mile further to park for free and have a picnic in the outside (covered) table area. It was nice to watch hikers hike up the gigantic reddish mountains, and see the sunset. Vegas has really pretty desert sunsets in the open air valley...the sky is endless.
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 6Dec 07, 2013
This is a beautiful conservation area. Spending a few hours here can make you forget all about the craziness of Vegas. There are areas to hike or rock climb and lots of areas to take fabulous photos. There is also a visitor's center with information and a little store.
Area map from website: http://www.blm.gov/pgdata/etc/medialib/blm/nv/field_offices/las_vegas_field_office/red_rock/red_rock_area_mao.Par.84955.File.dat/vicinitymap.pdf
$7 vehicle fee, bicycles and pedestrians are cheaper.
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- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaJul 05, 2012
Excellent bit of Extreme Sports and nature and a Summerlin Casino is close by. I fell 30 ft and f*cked up my legs for 6 years there. I walked my Boxers in the surrounding desert almost every night when I lived in Vegas..Baby! Bring a camera!
- Red Rock Canyon National Conservation AreaJul 05, 2012
The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. It is located about 15 miles (24 km) west of Las Vegas, and easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. The area is visited by over 1 million visitors each year.
The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000 feet (910 m) high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m).
A one-way loop road, 13 miles (21 km) long, provides vehicle access to many of the features in the area. Several side roads and parking areas allow access to many of the trails located in the area. A visitor center is located at the start of the loop road. The loop road is very popular for bicycle touring; it begins with a moderate climb, then is mostly downhill or flat.
Red Rock Canyon itself is a side-canyon accessible only by four-wheel-drive road off of the scenic loop. The unnamed but often visited valley cut through by State Route 159 is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon. The massive wall of rock called the Wilson Cliffs, or Keystone Thrust, can be seen to the west along this highway.
Towards the southern end of the National Conservation Area are Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, the western ghost town replica attraction of Bonnie Springs, and the village of Blue Diamond.