HOURS & SAFETY UPDATE AS OF APRIL 5, 2020
Many Red Rock Canyon areas are temporarily closed until further notice and all programs and events will be cancelled or rescheduled.
The following Bureau of Land Management 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
UPDATE 4/5/20: In addition to the above, the following trailheads, parking areas, and trails are temporarily closed until further notice:
- Calico Basin and Kraft Mountain/Ash Spring Trailheads
- Gene’s Trail
- Girl Scout Trail
- Ash Spring Trail
- Calico Overlook Trail
- Calico Basin Trail
Nevada State Route 159, the main highway through Red Rock Canyon, remains open.
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 & recreation.
The health and safety of staff and visitors in these facilities is our number one priority. Our website has maps & lists all official trails, including those not inside the closure areas, however they tend to reach capacity by mid-morning each day.
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.
Programs have been cancelled or postponed for safety considerations through at least April 30, 2020.
Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management have put together a full calendar of educational events. These educational programs are led by Red Rock Canyon naturalists and are free to join (the entrance fee still applies for programs at the Visitor Center and along the Scenic Drive).
Come visit Red Rock Canyon and:
- Take a hike with a Certified Interpretive Guide
- Enjoy evening campfire talks led by Rangers
- Meet authors & artists each month during our Second Sunday program
- Explore topics like plants, wildlife, geology, and more with a Naturalist at a tabletop presentation
- Meet Jackson the Red Rock Canyon Burro and learn about Nevada’s wild horses & burros
- And much more!
To find out program types & dates, please click on our “Events” tab and scroll to see our interpretive program offerings throughout the winter. For more information about our programs or to register, please call 702-515-5367.
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.
∗ 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.