Crews have begin construction on Phase 2 of improvements to the 13-mile Scenic Drive in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The construction, which is scheduled to proceed throughout summer, will improve three parking lots and rehabilitate pavement on the entire loop road of the Scenic Drive.
***During construction, the Scenic Drive will remain open for visitors.***
Calico 1 parking lot and trailhead has reopened. The parking lot was expanded from 42 spots to 167 spots.
Pine Creek parking lot and trailhead is currently closed for improvements. This trail head leads to many rock climbing routes as well as hiking trails such as the Pine Creek Loop and Fire Ecology Trail. This parking lot is expected to reopen by mid-to-late September. Visitors are encouraged to use the Oak Creek parking lot. Pine Creek trailhead will be expanded from 22 to 79 parking spots.
Sandstone Quarry parking lot and trailhead is currently closed for improvements. This parking lot leads to several hiking trails including Turtlehead Peak and Calico Tanks. This parking lot is expected to reopen by mid-to-late September. Visitors are encouraged to use the Calico I and Calico II parking lots. Sandstone Quarry will be expanded from 72 to 96 parking spots and add a new loop for bus access and a new pedestrian path connecting the parking area to the trailhead.
Rehabilitation of the pavement & curbing of the 13-mile Scenic Drive is currently ongoing. It is being performed in one-mile segments. During this time, the travel lane widths are reduced to 11 feet inside the one-mile segment. Each segment takes approximately one week to complete. There is a reduced speed limit and passing is prohibited in the active construction segments. Visitors are asked to take extreme caution while traveling in the construction area, as it is shared by motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians. The segments can expand a half mile if it is determined construction can be performed safely, and with minimal delay to visitors, after the first few miles are complete.
The project is funded by the Federal Highway Administration and will be performed by Las Vegas Paving.
Progress and current construction area updates will be posted to Bureau of Land Management Nevada social media, including the Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BLMNevada and the Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/BLMNV, and available at the fee booths and Visitor Center.
Work on the first phase was completed in February 2016 and was funded by Federal Highway Administration and the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act. Phase 1 included construction of two new bridges that replaced low water crossings at the Sandstone and Red Rock washes which have improved visitor safety and reduced maintenance during flash flood events. The Phase 1 project also included improvements to the Visitor Center parking lot.
Any questions regarding the construction projects can be answered by calling 702-515-5350.