Spring is a great time to visit Red Rock Canyon- mild weather, wildflowers in bloom, and wildlife emerging from winter sleep. The Scenic Drive is very popular in sping, so make your reservations today!
*Reservations for entry to the Scenic Loop are required for visits between 8am and 5pm through May 31*
Timed Entry 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
CURRENT OPEN FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive (open 6am-7pm in March, 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
- 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.
WITH PUBLIC HEALTH IN MIND, THE FOLLOWING FACILITIES/AREAS REMAIN TEMPORARILY CLOSED AT THIS TIME:
- Red Spring Picnic Area (picnic tables closed; parking lot & restrooms open)
- In-person programs and guided hikes are on hold
- 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.
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 spring days in the Mojave Desert are sunny & mild, that doesn't rule out the chance of wind and rain. 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. There are bottle filling stations at the Visitor Center, as well as water for sale in the Elements Gift Store.
∗ 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. Spring 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.