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. Our Scenic Drive is open 6am to 5pm daily November through February, with potential limited hours on holidays. Check out our trails list for options inside and outside the Scenic Drive, and below for current conditions and closure information:
*Reservations for entry to the Scenic Loop are required for visits between 8am and 5pm*
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
For more information please visit the following links:
- BLM Timed Entry Press Release
- BLM Timed Entry Frequently Asked Questions
CURRENT OPEN FACILITIES INCLUDE:
- Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive
- Elements Gift Store (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 Rock Canyon Visitor Center
- The Elements Gift Shop is open daily 8am-4pm & online store can be found at shopredrock.org.
- Red Spring Picnic Area (picnic tables closed; parking lot & restrooms open)
All programs and events have been cancelled or rescheduled.
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.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Information
The health and safety of our visitors, employees, volunteers, and partners continues to be paramount. At Red Rock Canyon NCA, our operational approach will be to examine each facility function and service provided to ensure those operations comply with current public health guidance, and to regularly monitor these. We continue to work closely with the Department of the Interior and follow CDC guidance to ensure public and employee spaces are safe and clean for visitors, employees, partners, and volunteers.
While these areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased and services may be limited. 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.
Have a safe and enjoyable Red Rock Canyon experience! For more information about visiting Red Rock Canyon, please call (702) 515-5350.