As Nevada's first National Conservation Area, Red Rock Canyon can be found 17 miles to the west of the Las Vegas Strip. More than one million people visit the area each year and Red Rock offers something that is quite different from the normal entertainment and gaming atmosphere you'd expect from Vegas.
Red Rock Canyon offers scenic drives, hiking trails, rock climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and more. It has unique features and it's definitely a location that visitors need to experience for themselves.
Programs to Enjoy
Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association works with many partners to provide programs and information at Red Rock Canyon. Here are a few exciting programs to take part in:
- Mojave Max. Mojave is a desert tortoise that lives in Red Rock. It is seen as the official "spokestortoise" for the rest of the wild tortoises that live in the desert. He can be seen at the visitor center, along with eight other large male and female tortoises.
- Jackson the Red Rock Canyon Burro. Jackson is a formerly-wild burro who was adopted from the Red Rock Canyon Herd Management Area near Las Vegas in September of 2012. He was adopted by the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association to help with their outreach programs.
- Red Rock Canyon AiR Spring Programs. Artists' residencies will include community engagement programs, scheduled throughout the spring, then participate in an exhibition of their work at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center from August through September 2015.
These programs make it very interesting for visitors and locals alike, as it is not only educational but very entertaining and a great way to learn more about the environment and the canyon itself.
Plan Your Visit
There are many different activities to enjoy at Red Rock Canyon and it's a good idea to plan your trip ahead to make sure you have enough time to experience as much as possible. If you love to camp, you can enjoy the campground that was established in 1998, and have easy access 24 hours a day, and enjoy a mixed campground consisting of recreational vehicles and campers with tents.
It's all fun and games at Red Rock Canyon! From hiking to biking, you can take the whole family and enjoy the outdoors while challenging yourself and the rest of the family to a variety of activities.
If you plan on visiting during spring, you can expect cool temperatures with clear skies, while summer will offer very hot temperatures well into the 100s, so make sure you plan ahead! Fall offers beautiful yellow leaves, and winter brings with it beautiful snow on the mountain tops.
Where to Find Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon is located west of Las Vegas on W Charleston Blvd/SR 159. Charleston is a major east/west street that can be accessed from any north/south surface street or from the 215 Beltway.
The Visitor Center is open every day from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Operating hours will vary on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.