The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area [RRCNCA] is located just a few miles west of Las Vegas and encompasses 195,819 acres within the Mojave Desert. Red Rock is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty.
Red Rock Canyon is a maze of canyons and peaks, ledges and chimneys, chutes and gullies leading to surprises around every wall. It is a playground for both kids and adults. Click here for a complete list of hikes.
Climbing is becoming increasingly popular in Red Rock Canyon. There are routes of interest to both the beginning and advanced climbers. For more information please go to the BLM Red Rock Canyon Climbing Link. Another source of information is SuperTopo.
Camping is available at the BLM camp site on Highway 159 between fall and spring. Camping is available at the Red Rock Canyon Campground on Highway 159 between Labor Day and Memorial Day weekends. Group and individual sites are available. Please call (702) 515-5350 for more information.
Bicycling in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area can be an enjoyable way to see the local flora and fauna. The structural details of the massive sandstone cliffs, the area’s most notable feature, are certainly more impressive when seen from a bicycle.
One-way regulation on the scenic drive applies to cyclists as well as those driving motorized vehicles. Because of heavy visitation in the area, particularly on weekends, please keep an eye on traffic. Remember, slower traffic must keep to the right. The one-way loop [14.7 miles round trip, including highway portion] offers an excellent workout for the experienced rider. There are very steep undulating grades for the first five miles with switchbacks at the top of the ride. The 1,000-foot drop back to the Visitor Center can be exhilarating in places (speed limit of 35 mph).
The one-way road is two lanes wide, allowing ample passing room. The road is in good condition. Beware of rocks falling off the cutbacks around switchbacks, debris where the road crosses washes and loose gravel on the road surface. No water is available along the loop.
No air or other repair facilities are available in the Red Rock Canyon Area. You should bring the equipment and know how to fix flats and make minor adjustments during your ride. Please wear a helmet to protect you in case you fall. During the summer the higher elevation of the area draws many Las Vegas bicyclists. It will be about 10 degrees cooler — that’s still hot and dry, so take plenty of water. As always apply plenty of sunscreen.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area has one developed campground. Opened in 1998 to replace the Old Oak Creek Campground, and formerly known as the 13-Mile Campground, the Red Rock Canyon Campground is located two miles east of the visitor center on W. Charleston Blvd (State Route 159). The campground is located one mile south on Moenkopi Road from the junction with W. Charleston Blvd.
If you want to camp please read up on all of the information you will need to know about camping at Red Rock Canyon.
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