Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas

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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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TripAdvisor
  • This is a nice relaxing drive in the country. About 30 minutes from the strip. $10 for a car full or use the national park pass. Great stunning views at the Red Rocks I would definitely recommend taki...  more »
  • My brother in law took us here to see the wonderful red rock formations, mountains, and valley. There are a few donkeys roaming around. apparently a real estate group is lobbying to build 5000 houses ...  more »
  • Beautiful place for a drive! The views were amazing. I wish it was a little warmer so we could have hiked a bit. We will be returning  more »
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  • What can I say about this place other than it's the exact opposite of why 99% of people come to Las Vegas. But it's here for all types - whether you want to stay in your car and take photos from your window, or you want to lug climbing gear to remote spots a few miles in. Decent roadway - can be a bit slow with people gawking, and not realizing you can pass on the left if they'd scoot over (maybe make better lines and perhaps signs like "slow vehicles keep right"). Decent parking in many spots. High daily fees to some extent, but you can get the America's Pass for $80 which gets you (+3) into all National Parks for a year - and come on, if you're checking out Red Rocks vs walking the strip, you are definitely bound for Zion, Bryce, Arches and more at some point. Fork over and enjoy. Bring water as it's not available within the loop, though some at gift shop near the entrance.
  • If you can't drive too far from Vegas, I highly recommend going here, just a 30 minute drive. There are plenty of hiking trails but if you prefer to drive it, it's 13 miles at 35mph limits. Stopped off about 4-5x to get some pictures and they even have areas with tables or benches for a picnic. About 3 stops have a restroom if needed. You can also bike or run the main trail it's about two lanes and one way. Entry was only $7
  • Beautiful park. Red Rock is super nice when you want to get away from the city and hike, bike or 4 wheel. If your going to 4 wheel, the minimum specs would be 4wheel drive and a lift. We do the trail with our 09 stock Rubicon but it does get difficult without the added lift. Hiking and biking this area is a must. You will see some beautiful landscapes. Take the dog or the kids. This is a good way to spend a Saturday.
  • Only 17 miles from the strip, this is the best and shortest getaway. The presence of iron oxide in the sandstone rocks creates the red and orange hues, which are so spectacular and characteristic of this area. We felt like kids skipping school today as we enjoyed the gorgeous scenery and explored the trails. The rock pool at the end of our trail was a stunning reward for our efforts. We sat for a while and cooled our feet, secretly wishing we had the courage to jump right in.
  • Enjoyed the displays before going on the drive saw two of the little squirrels and a rabbit before driving through. There are plenty of pull off areas also hiking trails which I did not get a chance to explore. So if you like to hike bring water etc. and I think you would not be disappointed. Was told you can see wild burros and horses, but despite the fact that there was nun of those present it was a pleasant drive.