Red Rock Canyon

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by kathyjohanna on April 24, 2007

Red Rock Canyon is about 15 miles out of Las Vegas, and it's worth a visit. In fact, it's so close to Vegas that you can see the red rocks from all over the city.

The canyon is made up of 197,000 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty. When arriving at the park, first stop at the spacious vistors center. The facility offers information about available recreation, wildlife, wild horses and burros, vegetation, geology, and cultural history. There is also a gift shop inside the vistors center if you're looking for some maps or souvenirs. The best part of vistor's center, however, is the Desert Tortoise, Mojave Max, who has taken up residence there.

Overall, there are a lot of things to do in Red Rock Canyon. If you like to hike, take spectacular pictures, or experience the desert, then plan on spending at least a couple of hours here. Red Rock Canyon also offers horseback riding at Bonnie Springs Ranch, picnicking at places like Willow Springs, and rock climbing.

My husband and I went to the canyon for scenic drive and to just take it all in. The Scenic Drive is a 13-mile, one-way loop that offers numerous stops for sightseeing and photography. Hiking trails are accessible from the designated pullouts and parking areas. The scenic drive is open daily from 6am until dusk.

We went to the canyon in November, and the weather was prefect. We were able to hike around without getting hot or dehydrated. I've read that the spring is especially beautiful in the canyon because of the wild flowers, but be prepared if you go to the canyon in the summer, because there isn't any shade or anywhere to cool off.
Red Rock Canyon
Highway 159 at Scenic Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89124
(702) 363-1921

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