Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas

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Geologic Formation National Park
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area are a series of canyons noted for their sandstone peaks and steep rock walls. The rugged rock formations rise up to 910 m (3,000 ft), making them a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. You can explore most of this area via the 21 km (13 mi) one-way loop road, from which you can access numerous parking areas, picnic zones, and hiking and mountain-biking trails. Begin with a stop at the visitor center at the start of the loop road. Keep in mind that the trails usually start with an easy to moderate climb and become increasingly difficult as you progress to the top. Add Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area to your Las Vegas travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Las Vegas itinerary builder.
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  • Very friendly rangers. Even though it was very busy on the day we visited. They still suggested trails we can visit and the scenery is just amazing  more »
  • This was my second visit. I saw some new sights as we went to different lookout spots. Love the scenery, love the quiet, and the area. I'll be back.  more »
  • Our family had a wonderful day touring Red Rock. The rock formations are fun to climb and make great photo oops.  more »
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  • A beautiful and unique slice of natural wonder. Great hiking, climbing and beautiful desert scenery. Drive the loop for a quick visit or park and hike the many gorgeous trails. For the adventurous, there are countless climbing routes. The rock here is world class with everything from moderate top rope to wandering multi pitch trad climbing. Day passes are available, but with the high number of national lands, the America the Beautiful pass gets you a year long entry here and many other local spots including lake Mead national recreation area and all national parks.
  • So simple, yet complex. A beautiful range of mountains, cliffs, colors, and vistas. Take water and a basic survival kit on any hikes you go on. One other tip, study the map, if you miss the turn off for your hike you will have to go all the way around. Going here was much more fun that going to the Las Vegas strip.
  • Despite the unusually hotter temperatures during our visit, we were glad we went. No real shade. No cold water at the stops along the scenic drive, so be sure to bring plenty of your own. The black painted garbage cans are certainly an IQ test and at least one other visitor wound up with burned fingers for trying to do the right thing. It was a shame to see litter scattered along the side of the various viewing areas. The picnic tables are aluminum and are also an IQ test during the day. The views are incredible, so bring a good quality camera with optical zoom. There was a lot of road construction during our visit and ended up being stuck for several minutes, but the roads clearly needed improvement. Go early in the day in the warmer months and explore at least one of the various trails.
  • Scenery was amazing. Wish there were more facts along trails and scenic points. Bathrooms were closed and it was still bright sunlight. Maybe they should consider modifying hours of operation based on season.
  • Once you pay to get in there's a beautiful scenic drive with hiking trail stops. When I went there was a lot of construction at the trail stops but they are definitely putting money back into the park as it's well maintained. The staff is extremely friendly and if it's your first time there they will explain the area and where to go.