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
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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
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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
    Travelled solo
    Written May 30, 2023
  • EvBeE
    Denver, Colorado223 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 25, 2023
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Alan304
Cranford, NJ2,081 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Purchase your pass online in advance of your visit. Try to time your arrival with a ranger stroll at the visitor center and you will get a good overview of the area. There are many places to park along the scenic loop with multiple hiking options.
Written May 18, 2024
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44Laur44
Bellbrook, OH5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The views were amazing and several lookouts to stop for photos. Nice visitor center with some displays and was appropriate for all ages.
Written May 10, 2024
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GiseppeGord
781 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Order online for a specific entry time. We have a national Park Pass so the entry is gratis. There is a small gift shop and info desk. Bathrooms clean and easily accessed. Parking good. The 13 mile scenic drive is beautiful You can easily see the geologic time in the sandstone levels. There are numerous areas to stop and take walks/hikes. Definitely recommend that you secure a map at the info desk before taking the drive.
Written May 9, 2024
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Traveler
World172 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
No reservation was required for entry at around 3.30 PM. At earlier times, during vacations and at weekends, however, it is essential to book in advance via the park's website. The absolute no go, however, is that there is no map available for the Senic Drive. Comment at the visitor center: You can take a picture of the map here. Then, at the sandstone queries, the sign with extensive explanations of how the quarrying took place is completely weathered and no longer legible. These are unacceptable conditions with these high entrance fees. I have never experienced this in any park in 30 years.
Written May 8, 2024
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CleopatraBunny
Flagstaff, AZ1,699 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
You’ll need an advance reservation before coming out as they will turn you away at the entrance without one! Easy to book online so pick a time and get your QR code (print or digital).

Nice visitor center (no paper maps so download and print before arrival) and clean restroom. Most popular trail is the one to Calico Tanks. It’s about 1.4 miles one way and requires climbing and scrambling up and over sandstone boulders through a wash. Not an easy hike but not difficult either. At the end, you’ll be rewarded with a view of Las Vegas in the distance after you pass the large water tank (pond). We took an hour to go one way so plan for two hours round trip.

Lots of wildflowers blooming in late April. Plenty of parking and toilets at trailhead. Good signage with cairns to guide you on the trail.

Be sure to also stop at the Petroglyph Wall further along your drive through the area. It’s a short and flat walk in to the area with a few decent examples of both pictographs and petroglyphs.
Written April 26, 2024
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traveler
Concord, CA208 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The views are amazing, like nothing that you will see anywhere else on earth. Great for families with some good, easy trails hie options.
Written April 19, 2024
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Constandina T
83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The canyon is about a 30 minute drive from the Las Vegas strip. It is BEAUTIFUL. The scenic drive has several turn-outs to enjoy. We saw people climbing, hiking, etc. The visitor’s center is informative. Plan at least 30 minutes in it. Thank goodness the conservation people of the past protected this area for all of us to enjoy!
Written April 18, 2024
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,977 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
Just a 45 min drive from the Strip, Red Rock Canyon offers some of the best desert scenery you can find. The vibrant colors that can be seen in the rock formations are stunning. The scenery is truly unique. At busier times of the year, a reservation system is in place so plan accordingly. You can simply drive along the 13-mile one way road that has several scenic pull offs, but the best way to experience is to go on a hike. I hiked the Calico Tanks Trail, and it was terrific. Moderately strenuous with some mild rock scrambling in parts and some elevation change but the rewards were very much worth the effort. Make sure you have hiking shoes and bring a hat and plenty of water. I would start as early as possible in the morning to avoid the mid-day sun. There is no shade on the hike.
Written April 18, 2024
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Sonia M
Sturbridge, MA39 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Make reservation for the time and day you would like to go, otherwise you will not be able to do the sonic drive or the trails in the park. I heard from many travelers that the hiking trails just outside of the park are also very nice.
It is HOT so go early. It was nice to see school groups and groups for rock climbing. I do not rock climb but it was fun watching.
Trails were decently marked. I Loved that there was one trail that took us to a waterfall and small pool. We went in April so all of the desert flowers were beginning to bloom. There were so many beautiful vistas.
I would recommend going even if it was just to do the scenic drive loop.
Written April 10, 2024
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Nikki
Vancouver, Canada61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the only things worth seeing in Vegas. If you hate the strip and need a dose of quiet nature, this is the spot! Weekends and holidays, make sure you buy your timed entry pass in advance. There is no cell reception at entrance.
Written April 1, 2024
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