RED ROCK CANYON 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.
*Timed Reservations are required for vehicle entry to the Scenic Loop between 8am-5pm October 1 through May 31 *
Timed Reservations are available online, along with entry passes, and visitors with an annual pass can enter their pass number at checkout."
Make your reservation here: Red Rock Reservations for Timed Entry
For more information please visit the following links:
- BLM Timed Entry Press Release
- BLM Timed Entry Frequently Asked Questions
CURRENT OPEN FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive
- Visitor Center (open 9am-4:30pm)
- Elements Gift Store (open 9am-4:30pm, operated by Southern Nevada Conservancy)
- Red Rock Overlook
- Late Night Trailhead
- Red Spring Boardwalk and Picnic Area (including a Group Shelter)
- Calico Basin and Kraft Mountain Trailheads
- Red Rock Canyon Campground
Parking is only permitted in parking lots and not along the Scenic Drive. When the parking lots are full and the area hits capacity, the gates will be temporarily closed until the area drops below capacity.
- As of May 24, 2021, STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS are in effect, which include enforcement of no fires or grills without an On/Off switch and no smoking outside of enclosed vehicles.
Upcoming programs and events can be found on our calendar
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 and at the Visitor Center. 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.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Information
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Red Rock Canyon NCA, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and to regularly monitor these. We continue to work closely with the Department of the Interior and follow CDC guidance to ensure public and employee spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. When recreating, the public should follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, practice social distancing and avoid high-risk outdoor activities.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating on public lands prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19, and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Have a safe and enjoyable Red Rock Canyon experience! For more information about visiting Red Rock Canyon, please call (702) 515-5350.