The Scenic Drive is open daily from 6AM until 8PM throughout summer (April through September).
CURRENT OPEN FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive (open 6am-8pm April-September)
- 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
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.
- Red Spring Picnic Area (picnic tables closed; parking lot & restrooms open)
- Red Rock Canyon Campground (closed for the summer)
- In-person programs and guided hikes are on hold
- As of May 16, 2022, FIRE RESTRICTIONS STAGE 1 are in effect, which include enforcement of no fires or grills without an On/Off switch and no smoking outside of enclosed vehicles.
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.
With the warm summer temperatures in Southern Nevada, visitors to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area should keep the following safety tips in mind:
∗ Be aware of the forecast. Summer can be very hot in the Mojave Desert. Average highs at Red Rock Canyon reach the mid-90s°F during summer and certainly reach above 100°F during heat waves. Avoid outdoor activities during Excessive Heat Warnings, Watches, and/or Advisories. Red Rock Canyon's forecast can be found here: National Weather Service
∗ Schedule outdoor activities carefully. Try to limit your outdoor activities to early morning (before 10AM) and evening hours (after 6PM) to avoid excessive heat and UV exposure. Rest often and in shaded areas if possible.
∗ Stay hydrated. During hot weather you will need to increase your fluid intake. Plan to bring .5-1L of water per hour of your visit, per person, and don't wait until you are thirsty to drink it. Avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, and caffeinated soft drinks, which can cause dehydration. The Elements shop has water, electrolyte drinks, and trail bars for sale, and there are bottle filling stations outside the Visitor Center.
∗ 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 advise caution when 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 appropriately. Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Use sunscreen and wear a hat & sunglasses when outdoors.
∗ Learn to spot the signs of heat-related illness, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke, and take prompt action in seeking emergency medical attention.
∗ 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. Summer is a good time to see birds, burros, lizards, 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.
Read more about how to beat the heat, avoid and treat heat stress, and stay safe from the US National Weather Service
Have a safe and enjoyable Red Rock Canyon experience! For more information about visiting Red Rock Canyon, please call (702) 515-5350.