The Scenic Drive hours change throughout the fall months:
- September: The Scenic Drive is open daily from 6AM until 8PM.
- October: The Scenic Drive is open daily from 6AM until 7PM.
- November & December: The Scenic Drive is open daily from 6AM until 5PM.
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8AM until 4:30PM throughout the entire year.
Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) and fall holidays tend to be particularly busy, with peak visitation hours between 10AM to 4PM. Plan on arriving early to avoid the crowds, long lines, and limited parking.
*Note: An interagency team will be planting seedlings in the Scenic Fire restoration area from November 13-20 and November 27-30. During that time, vehicles and equipment will be staged at the Pine Creek parking area of Red Rock Canyon. Drivers are asked to please use caution in the Pine Creek trailhead area during these days, as there may be temporary lane restrictions during loading and unloading of equipment, plant crates and water.
Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management have put together a full autumn calendar of educational events. These educational programs are led by Red Rock Canyon naturalists and are free to join (the entrance fee still applies for programs at the Visitor Center and along the Scenic Drive).
Come visit Red Rock Canyon and:
- Take a hike with a Certified Interpretive Guide
- Explore topics like plants, wildlife, geology, and more with a Naturalist at a tabletop presentation
- Meet authors & artists each month during our Second Sunday program
- Visit with Jackson the Red Rock Canyon Burro during select weekends
- And much more!
To find out program types & dates, please click on our “Events” tab and scroll to see our interpretive program offerings throughout the summer. For more information about our programs or to register, please call 702-515-5367.
Visitors to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area should keep the following safety tips in mind:
∗ Do not rely on cell phones during your visit as coverage in the area can be unreliable or non-existent, especially within canyons. Because of that, we do not recommend using ride-sharing applications or taxis to visit. If you are getting dropped off, schedule your pickup time and location prior to being dropped off. There is no shuttle to drive visitors around the Scenic Drive.
∗ Be aware of the forecast. Fall often is very comfortable in the Mojave Desert, but cold fronts and heat spells are possible. Red Rock Canyon’s forecast can be found here: National Weather Service
∗ Stay hydrated. It is very dry here, so bring at least 1-2 liters of water per person for your visit. Don’t wait until you are thirsty. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks, which can cause dehydration.
∗ Dress appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Use sunscreen and wear a hat & sunglasses when outdoors.
∗ Do not leave children or pets in cars. Even with the windows open, car interior temperatures can rise quickly in a matter of minutes.
∗ Do not over challenge yourself. There are plenty of trails at Red Rock Canyon for everyone’s experience and skill level. There is no shame in turning around if the trail is too strenuous or you are not properly prepared – your friends and family will thank you.
∗ Be prepared. Wear good hiking shoes or athletic shoes, long pants, and long sleeves to protect you from prickly vegetation and sun exposure. Bring with you a first-aid kit, snacks, water, and an extra layer.
∗ Hike in pairs. Use the buddy system when hiking. If hiking alone, make sure to communicate to someone prior to your trip where you are going and what time you expect to be back.
∗ Respect wildlife. Fall is a good time to see birds, burros, lizards, mammals, and snakes. If you come across any wildlife, please give it plenty of space, avoid feeding or touching it, and control your dog by keeping it on a short leash.
Have a safe and enjoyable Red Rock Canyon experience! For more information about visiting Red Rock Canyon, please call (702) 515-5350.