The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is a focal point for visitor orientation. The multiple facilities offer information and interpretation about recreation opportunities, geology, wildlife, and much more.
Please click below on any of our common questions to see the answers. If you have further questions, you can always call us at (702) 515-5350.
The primary purpose of the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association is to enhance the recreational, educational and interpretive programs of the Bureau of Land Management, and other governmental agencies, by providing materials and services, which promote an understanding and appreciation of the natural history, cultural history and sciences of Southern Nevada.
BLM [Bureau of Land Management] Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Bureau of Land Management to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, declared the Red Rock Canyon area of southern Nevada to be a National Conservation Area [NCA], the seventh to be designated nationally. As stated in its enabling legislation:
“In order to conserve, protect and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the area in southern Nevada containing and surrounding the Red Rock Canyon and the unique and nationally important geologic, archeological, ecological, cultural, scenic, scientific, wildlife, riparian, wilderness, endangered species and recreation resources of the public lands therein contained, there is established the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.”
Keep wildlife wild – Feeding any wildlife is prohibited. It is not in the best interest of any wild creature to wean them from their natural food supplies. ‘Too easy’ a lifestyle for our desert dwellers may cause overpopulation and turns them into dangerous creatures as they lose their fear of humans.
Leave no trace
During your visit, pick up trash around campgrounds and trails. Your actions will inspire other park visitors. Our dry desert climate cannot quickly decompose such things as orange peels, apple cores, egg shells, and other picnic remains. Loose paper blows into bushes and creates an unsightly mess. Plastic 6-pack rings may strangle creatures that encounter and investigate them. Dispose of your trash in a responsible manner and recycle what you can. Trash bags, donated by Friends of Red Rock Canyon, are available at the Fee Booth.
The Scenic Drive is one-way 13-mile, winding road, and has soft sand shoulders. Park in one of the many designated pullouts or parking lots.
Vehicles, including bicycles, are prohibited off established roads. Why…? Off-road driving and riding creates ruts upsetting delicate drainage patterns, compacting the soil, and leaving visual scars for years. Plants are crushed and uprooted, wildlife homes and shelters are destroyed, and food and water supplies are altered and obliterated.
While pets are allowed in the Conservation Area, their activities are quite restricted. They must be kept on a leash at all times, they must never be left unattended – not even in a vehicle. Do keep in mind that the temperature inside a vehicle can rise to unsafe levels. Please pick up after your pets and dispose of properly.
Potable [Drinking] Water
Water is available at the Visitor Center. There is a vending machine and a drinking fountain. Other, mostly seasonal, water sources within the park are not potable [fit for drinking] and are reserved for wildlife.
Take only pictures
Over 1.25 million people visit Red Rock Canyon each year. Removal, disturbance, destruction, or disfigurement of anything in the conservation area is unlawful. Please leave rocks, plants and wildlife for others to enjoy.
The scenic drive is narrow, winding and is sometimes congested. Speed limits vary from 15-35 mph and are posted for your safety and well-being. State and federal laws apply within the Conservation Area.
Firewood is for sale by the campground hosts and is available between when fire restrictions aren’t in effect. Collecting of downed vegetation of any kind is NOT ALLOWED in the Conservation Area. For camping fees and regulations please follow this link: Camping Info
Rocky Gap Road
An extremely rough, four-wheel drive road open to use by licensed and street legal vehicles. Expect narrow road conditions with numerous washouts. Not recommended for passenger cars or other low clearance vehicles. Preparation and caution are recommended. This route not patrolled or maintained.
An undeveloped area that features several unpaved routes. Be prepared for washouts and sandy areas. Watch for mountain bikers and equestrians.
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