Happy Wintertime! While the winter season may freeze out activities in much of the country, Red Rock Canyon enjoys the warm Mojave Desert sun which makes it quite a pleasant season for outdoor activities.
From November 2019 through February 2020, the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive is open daily from 6AM until 5PM while the Visitor Center is open daily from 8AM until 4:30PM. Weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) tend to be particularly busy, with peak visitation hours between 10AM to 2PM. Plan on arriving early to avoid the crowds, long lines, limited parking, and temporary closures.
Southern Nevada Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management have put together a full winter 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
- 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 winter 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 winter days in the Mojave Desert are sunny, that doesn't rule out the chance of wind, rain, and even snow storms during winter. 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, even in winter, 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.
∗ Be aware of the shorter daylight hours. Early morning and mid-afternoon hikes can start or end in darkness, so wear reflective clothing and pack a flashlight.
∗ Learn to spot the signs of cold-related illness and take prompt action in seeking emergency medical attention.
∗ Respect wildlife. Winter is a good time to see birds, burros, deer, big horn 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.