HOURS & SAFETY UPDATE AS OF MARCH 21, 2020
Many Red Rock Canyon areas are temporarily closed until further notice and all programs and events will be cancelled or rescheduled.
The following BLM facilities in southern Nevada are temporarily closed until further notice:
Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive and Visitor Center
Red Rock Overlook
Late Night Trailhead
Red Spring picnic area and boardwalk
All campsites at the Red Rock Campground
All non-essential businesses have been ordered closed by the Nevada Governor. Bureau of Land Management personnel are prohibited by the Governor's order from servicing and maintaining these facilities. Therefore, these sites are closed. There are other public lands available for dispersed camping.
The health and safety of staff and visitors in these facilities is our number one priority. We continue to remind our visitors to follow the CDC’s guidance to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, including maintaining social distancing, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and staying home if you feel sick. Visitors are encouraged to “pack it in and pack it out” as future trash removal may be limited due to limited staff availability in some areas.
With the arrival of spring in Southern Nevada, visitors to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area should keep the following seasonal safety tips in mind:
∗ Be aware of the forecast. While most March days in the Mojave Desert are sunny, that doesn't rule out the chance of wind, rain, and even snow storms. Avoid outdoor activities during these storms. 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.
∗ Be aware of no cell phone coverage. There is limited to no cell phone coverage at Red Rock Canyon, so make sure to communicate to someone about your destination and your estimated time of return. 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.
∗ Dress in plenty of layers. Keep your head, ears, hands, and feet warm with hats, gloves, and wool socks. Use sunscreen and wear a hat when outdoors.
∗ 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.
∗ Learn to spot the signs of weather-related illness and take prompt action in seeking emergency medical attention.
∗ Respect wildlife. March is a good time to see birds, burros, deer, bighorn sheep, and more. 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.