Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Visitors can admire colorful rock formations on several hiking trails or on a 13-mile scenic drive.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland969 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Wow! Amazing scenery! We got to the park before 8 am so we could enter the park without timed stamped entry pass which we didn’t have. We did the scenic drive and stopped at most of the overlooks. Some overlooks you can hike from which we did at Willow Spring. It was nice that dogs on leash are allowed on every trail! We did the Middle Car Creek trail which was nice, no shade. There is water at the end, it’s a long way though! The park was very clean however the middle car creek trail was not. We couldn’t see where the trash was, people left their trash in the parking lot and didn’t pick up their dog poop! What happened to leave no trace?
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 30, 2023
  • EvBeE
    Denver, Colorado229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy drive with an RV
    The Conservatory is about 25 miles north of Las Vegas. We were pulling a 27 foot 5th wheel and were not planning on unhooking because of our schedule. The 13 mile loop was very doable for driving an RV/trailer; not good if you want to stop and hike at places. There is NO places big enough for you to park. Parking lots are fairly small. But we were happy just driving through. Took around 45 minutes. It is a excellent one-way paved road. There are a few switch backs but if you drive slowly it is not a problem. Speed limit is no more than 35 miles an hour. If you drive slowly it is no problem; plenty of room for people to go around you. You have to make a timed reservations through Recreation.gov. You only need a timed entry from October 1-May 31. Other months you go anytime you want. This is in the Mojave dessert so take plenty of water. Bathrooms are at some stops but not all; no water anywhere on the loop. Lots of hikers and also world renowned venue for rock climbers. We would like to go back when we weren't pulling an RV but we loved the drive and the beautiful red rocks especially during the first part of the loop.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 1, 2023
  • Daniel Matless
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning as always.
    You can visit by car, bike, our organized tour. There are hiking trails, a visitor centre, & stop off points along the 13 mile loop road. The mountains are fantastic to see, and well worth the 20 minute drive from the Vegas strip.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Anne V
    Finger Lakes, New York36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    This place is a must if your in Vegas and want to get away from the crowds and the hype. The colors, the mountains, and the beautiful native plants are all breath taking. Rent a car for the day and go! It's approximately 20 minute drive. It's not difficult. If it's too hot they have a scenic drive you can travel slowly and take pics of you're into pics. Also don't forget to first stop at the visitors center. There are cooling cloths you can purchase to keep the heat away and they work! Get one, you won't be sorry.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 11, 2023
  • Sarah K
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely scenic drive
    If you want to get the full effect of the sun on the red rocks you need to go really early in the morning. This means that you will also miss most of the heat of the day. The visitors centre is only good for a bathroom stop.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 23, 2023
  • Nesto69
    Maidstone, United Kingdom218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb scenery.
    Stunning park situated not far from Las Vegas. The l3 mile loop is organised well with parking lots for visitors to admire the views. Plenty of toilets along the way too. Well worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 29, 2023
  • Sharron C
    United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a trip from Las Vegas
    A beautiful park just 30-40 minutes outside Las Vegas. It was quiet when we visited in August. Lots of parking spots and trails and a visitor centre that was worth popping into. Entrance was included with our Annual National Parks Pass.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 24, 2023
  • DrCDB
    Chile1,007 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great scenic drive and trails (springs!)
    Ee enjoyed so much. The scenic drive is great. The facilities as well maintained as well. The rock formations are quite impressive. We did a trail that led to a small but beautiful waterfall. We enjoy the water that is so much appreciated under the hot weather in Las Vegas.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 25, 2023
  • STraveler2
    New York534 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great scenery. A welcome change from the glitz of the Strip
    You will need a car or a tour but it is worth a short drive west from The Strip to see some great rock formations and scenery. Wonderful loop drive, some beautiful red rocks and picture spots. Good walking (hiking) areas both short and long. We always include this area when we visit Vegas. So convenient to Vegas. A half day is just the right amount of time - getting there and seeing it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
  • Madeline M
    Palm Desert, California26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had no clue that this national park was so close to Las Vegas! What an excellent adventure.
    Easy to navigate park with lots of trails and amazing hiking and rock formations. Close to town but a million miles from the glitter of Las Vegas. Reservations are required beginning October 1. You don’t need days to enjoy but you could easily spend several getting to know the park.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
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NoCalDad
San Marcos, CA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
wanted to get some fresh air on our junket to Vegas. Looked up this place and off we went. Frontal weather discouraged longer walks but we stopped at the calico hills and the petroglyph wall for a peek. Definitely worth the 30 min drive from downtown and $15 vehicle charge, which allows you to drive the 13-mile loop at your leisure. More than adequate facilities at multiple stops, picnic areas and well marked trails. Will be back in better weather.
Written March 16, 2020
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john w
South Daytona, FL390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The drive was a short 30 minutes it was easy to navigate to the park. Once there you will pay $15 to drive the 13 mile loop but what a drive the rock formations all around you are colorful and the landscape is stunningly beautiful. There are chip monks everywhere. The trails are pretty well maintained and there is every level of hiking from easy to is that even possible. The colors alone is worth the trip. I would highly recommend it...Happy Travels!!!
Written February 9, 2020
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Dirt Road Travel
Wichita, KS6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I am more into nature than city life so I search for places to hike where ever I go. This location is just on the west side of Las Vegas and easily accessible. You pay $15 (a car) to enter and drive a scenic loop, stopping as much as you want to hike scenic areas at marked trail heads. There is a nature center where you can preview which of the many trails you might want to hike, with exhibits of the animal life you might encounter. It was not too crowded in January and the temperatures were just at 60 degrees, fine weather to be outdoors. Trails are well marked and traveled, just stop at any of the parking areas and get out to hike as far as you want to. I did not get too far down many trails, but they are all pretty easy if you just pay attention. Plenty of desert vegetation and geologic features to observe. If I lived here, I would get the annual pass and visit to explore all of the trails, some take you into canyons to explore.
Written January 26, 2020
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ELKW
United States11,824 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
although it's not a national park, yet with the National park pass, you can enter here for free, but the entrance fee itself is not expensive, much cheaper than those national parks, it just take a short drive (about half hour) from Strip to here. There is a one-way scenic drive, with several spots you can stop and take a look to the view, take some pictures, you can also walk some trails if you have time. The petroglyph wall trail is short and easy, but the sign is very small and not easy to find. The visitor center has some exhibits, with outdoor exhibition area, the environment is good, you can also ask for ranger book for your kid, they can get a badge, too. I suggest spend at least half day there, you can stay longer if you want to hike more trails.
Written May 5, 2020
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AKT0707
Niskayuna, NY142 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Another nearby escape from sin city is Red Rock Canyon. The entry fee per car is reasonable ($15 in December 2019) but they also accept the National Parks pass. Plenty of hiking trails emanate from more than a dozen trail heads on the 13 mile one way drive. The trail to the petroglyph wall is very short - I did it even with a bum Achilles tendon. At the visitor center you can find exhibits to keep you interested for more than half an hour. Drinks are available in vending machines but there is no food service. The layers of rocks are really interesting - visit the RR canyon website for details.
Written January 7, 2020
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Tom H
Cranbrook, Canada609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We visited Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area while staying in Las Vegas. We stayed in Summerlin so it was only about a 25 minute drive from our hotel.

The loop drive is spectacular and the scenery stunning. We also got a blue sky day which was great.

Things to know. Cost is $15 per vehicle. We have an annual US park pass (America the Beautiful) which allows access to all Federal parks and facilities. Red Rock is administered by the BLM. Our pass cost $80. We bought it the day before at another park and as I write this we would have had to pay $55 for the 3 parks we have visited. Great value if you're seeing multiple parks.

We drove the 13 mile scenic loop road. There was just about every other mode of transport on the road. You must make a reservation online for a certain access time. Access is regulated from October to May.

The first 3 parking areas provide really excellent opportunities for photos of the red rocks. If you want to access the second lot (Calico 2) I recommend going early because the lot is very small and hikers use it. There is no parking along the road.

You cannot do the loop twice. The road spits you back out onto Highway 159 and you're out of the park. So do the visitor center at the start of your tour.

This was a great scenic opportunity and lots of people were hiking, biking, jogging and taking guided tours.
Written February 20, 2022
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melinda1289
Las Vegas, NV6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Red Rock Canyon was the first place I visited after moving to Las Vegas 40 years ago & it's still just as beautiful today as back then. In the morning when the rising sun shines on it it's mesmerising & as the sun sets behind it the shadows are lovely. I highly recommend leaving the crowds, traffic & noise behind for a few hours and enjoying the clean air & natural beauty available just a few minutes away from the Strip
Written February 16, 2020
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Steven Stelma
New Bern, NC9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I came ‘this close’ to booking a tour here with one of the companies. We had gone with Desert Tours to the Grand Canyon, and had a great time on that tour. Looking at the descriptions of the Red Rock Canyon tours, though, I saw that they only allowed 30 minutes ‘on our own’. So, I rented a car for $60 and took my family out to the park.

It was a 40 minute drive from our hotel on the Strip, a very easy trip. The fee for the day is $20 per car. We packed a picnic lunch, and sat in splendor at a site at a midway point on the Scenic Drive. We had lunch after going on the Calico Tank hike, which took about 2 hours, with my 7, 9, and 12-year-old boys. This hike was a little strenuous for the younger boys, but they managed to just about keep up.

After lunch we drove a little further along the Scenic Drive to another site where we went on two shorter, easier hikes. The photos I took with just my iPhone are stunning. They look worthy of National Geographic. I can only imagine what an experienced photographer with serious equipment could produce.

If we had taken the tour, it would have been about $480 for my family, depending on the tip to the guide. Renting the car for the day, paying admission, and packing a picnic lunch cost a total of $100. The best thing, though, is that we had hours and hours to hike and weren’t on anybody else’s schedule. It was such a great day that we did the same thing two days later, but went on hikes that were adjacent to the Park.

Our trip was in late February, when the daytime highs were in the upper 60’s, just perfect for hiking.
Written March 1, 2020
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TheTraveler3313
Toledo, OH696 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
I LOVE Red Rock. It is gorgeous and very peaceful. The views are truly breathtaking and I love to go every time I visit Vegas. You can take the tour, but I recommend driving yourself (if you rent a car). You can explore at your own pace plus it only cost $15 per car to get it so you save a lot of money by not doing a tour. Tours are 100+ so if you and another person go you are spending over $200 vs. if you drive you will pay $15. I have taken the tour and with the right tour guide it can be informational and entertaining, but I still don’t think it’s work the difference in cost.
Written October 8, 2020
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noworries2000
Boulder City, NV762 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Pack a picnic lunch, throw on your hiking shoes, and grab a camera - less than an hour drive from downtown Vegas this Conservation Area is a gem. Take along your National Parks pass and avoid the entrance fee. Best to go during the week to avoid crowds, there are plenty of hiking trails of varying degrees of difficulty, plenty of photo opportunities, and some wonderful places to explore. The short hike to the rock walls with Native American Petroglyphs are definitely worth seeing. Get a map at the park entrance and be sure to stop at the Visitor Center and see the history of the place (and all of the desert tortoises that live there). Take along snacks and drinks - there are no concession stands in the park.
Written March 17, 2020
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