Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Visitors can admire colorful rock formations on several hiking trails or on a 13-mile scenic drive.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Vickers55
    Cambridge, United Kingdom711 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but busy
    Nice park with great rocks and views. G BG E award you need to reserve a timed slot for scenic loop. Very busy bc and parking an issue and as loop a one way with no twenty best to arrive early or avoid peak days. After seeing other national parks a bit tame but worth a visit. We did on day bc waiting for evening flight homes. Really good visitor centre with excellent outdoor exhibits.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 April 2023
  • MHecox
    Sacramento, California155 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great open views
    Nice shortish Loop Road. Buy your pass online before hand - makes for an easy stop @ the entrance booth. If you’re looking to hike, stop @ Calico Hills and Turtlehead Rock. The smaller lots DO fill up fast.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • yitz10
    Fort Lee, New Jersey40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful scenic drive.
    Great place to spend a couple of hours. Not far from Vegas. Scenic loop drive with lots of opportunities to stop at scenic overlooks for photos. Lots of hiking and walking trails. Visitor center very friendly and informative. You have to make reservation.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Heather
    Las Vegas, Nevada588 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good if short on time
    Admission is $22 and currently you are required to make reservations online. It's a pretty drive around the scenic loop, but it isn't as impressive as, say, the Valley of Fire. If you're not from around Vegas and short on time, this could be a good compromise.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Traveler # 316
    Moore, Oklahoma43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great scenic drive.
    This was a great way to get away from the Las Vegas strip for a few hours. It is a beautiful drive, provided by the National Park Service. We enjoyed taking our time and stopping at the pullouts. We probably took a couple of hours for this drive. It can be done in about 45 minutes if you don't stop as much. There are bathrooms along the way. (outhouses) The bathrooms were clean and modern for an outhouse. You do need to go online and make a reservation for an entry time. There were plenty open when I went in May. It cost $20 if you don't have a National Park Pass, which already had.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 May 2023
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland1,079 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing!
    Wow! Amazing scenery! We got to the park before 8 am so we could enter the park without timed stamped entry pass which we didn’t have. We did the scenic drive and stopped at most of the overlooks. Some overlooks you can hike from which we did at Willow Spring. It was nice that dogs on leash are allowed on every trail! We did the Middle Car Creek trail which was nice, no shade. There is water at the end, it’s a long way though! The park was very clean however the middle car creek trail was not. We couldn’t see where the trash was, people left their trash in the parking lot and didn’t pick up their dog poop! What happened to leave no trace?
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 May 2023
  • EvBeE
    Denver, Colorado218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Easy drive with an RV
    The Conservatory is about 25 miles north of Las Vegas. We were pulling a 27 foot 5th wheel and were not planning on unhooking because of our schedule. The 13 mile loop was very doable for driving an RV/trailer; not good if you want to stop and hike at places. There is NO places big enough for you to park. Parking lots are fairly small. But we were happy just driving through. Took around 45 minutes. It is a excellent one-way paved road. There are a few switch backs but if you drive slowly it is not a problem. Speed limit is no more than 35 miles an hour. If you drive slowly it is no problem; plenty of room for people to go around you. You have to make a timed reservations through Recreation.gov. You only need a timed entry from October 1-May 31. Other months you go anytime you want. This is in the Mojave dessert so take plenty of water. Bathrooms are at some stops but not all; no water anywhere on the loop. Lots of hikers and also world renowned venue for rock climbers. We would like to go back when we weren't pulling an RV but we loved the drive and the beautiful red rocks especially during the first part of the loop.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 June 2023
  • Daniel Matless
    13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning as always.
    You can visit by car, bike, our organized tour. There are hiking trails, a visitor centre, & stop off points along the 13 mile loop road. The mountains are fantastic to see, and well worth the 20 minute drive from the Vegas strip.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Anne V
    Finger Lakes, New York38 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views
    This place is a must if your in Vegas and want to get away from the crowds and the hype. The colors, the mountains, and the beautiful native plants are all breath taking. Rent a car for the day and go! It's approximately 20 minute drive. It's not difficult. If it's too hot they have a scenic drive you can travel slowly and take pics of you're into pics. Also don't forget to first stop at the visitors center. There are cooling cloths you can purchase to keep the heat away and they work! Get one, you won't be sorry.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Sarah K
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely scenic drive
    If you want to get the full effect of the sun on the red rocks you need to go really early in the morning. This means that you will also miss most of the heat of the day. The visitors centre is only good for a bathroom stop.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 June 2023
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Sonia M
Sturbridge, MA25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Make reservation for the time and day you would like to go, otherwise you will not be able to do the sonic drive or the trails in the park. I heard from many travelers that the hiking trails just outside of the park are also very nice.
It is HOT so go early. It was nice to see school groups and groups for rock climbing. I do not rock climb but it was fun watching.
Trails were decently marked. I Loved that there was one trail that took us to a waterfall and small pool. We went in April so all of the desert flowers were beginning to bloom. There were so many beautiful vistas.
I would recommend going even if it was just to do the scenic drive loop.
Written 10 April 2024
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Nikki
Vancouver, Canada41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the only things worth seeing in Vegas. If you hate the strip and need a dose of quiet nature, this is the spot! Weekends and holidays, make sure you buy your timed entry pass in advance. There is no cell reception at entrance.
Written 1 April 2024
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scottfromerie
Erie, CO236 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My family and I visited Red Rock Canyon on a Friday morning. Here are a few tips for you:

Since this park is so close to Las Vegas, it is easy to get to and it will be crowded. Right now, they have a reservation system in place. We placed our reservation 3 days in advance and we were fine. I would recommend 3 days or longer especially if you are visiting on a weekend.

We entered the park right around 8:30 and started the hike around 8:45 at Calico Tanks. Parking will fill up fast so get there as early as you can. While hiking up, we only saw 1 other person on the trail. Coming back down the hill, we were passing a steady stream of people. The earlier the better to beat the crowds.

I would recommend that you have decent hiking boots. The trail starts off easy, but as you progress, you will encounter steep steps. Be careful, the rocks have a little bit of sand on them and they can be a little slippery.

This goes without saying, but bring water on the trail, especially if you start late and hit the heat of the day. Suntan lotion is a must too.

If this was helpful, please let me know.
Written 29 March 2024
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Icarus4335
Colorado Springs, CO821 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Nice views of the rocks, with some spots to pick up trailheads and hike. You can also just drive through and stop at pull-offs. Either way, it was enjoyable.
Written 26 March 2024
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Jennifer H
Issaquah, WA5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Went for an amazing bike ride, but now I want to go back and hike some of the trails. Scenery is stunning and the park is not too far from the strip.
Written 14 March 2024
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Heather G
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Take your camera, pack a few snacks and some water, lace up your shoes. This is such a beautiful area. We only drove mostly through it, but the hikes looked amazing. There are rattle snakes, so maybe read up on what to do if faced with one, I was too chicken to take my kids too far without knowing.
Written 14 March 2024
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Bonnie M
Grand Rapids, MI185 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We enjoyed Red Rock Canyon and spent a day there. From the scenic drive to the hiking, there is much to do there. Take your time, enjoy the view, and take lots of pictures!
Written 10 March 2024
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Michelle
Inverness, FL82 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Amazing views of mountains and rock formations. This 13 mile, one way drive with 7 parking places to stop (LOTS of trails) is amazing and can fit anyone. Tons of options! MAKE RESERVATIONS online, if not you won’t get in. Go early and spend the day! We bought tickets online and had a reserved time entry. We are not mountain climbers but we can walk several miles. Make sure to use boots or sneakers with non skid bottoms. The sand on many of these rocks make them extremely slippery and some of the trails (with rock climbing) are high and there are no guard rails, etc. Bring a backpack with a hat, snacks, suntan lotion and LOTS of water. There are several people that come out and rock climb.
Stop at every stop: It’s amazing to watch the scenery and take it in. We saw wild horses, beautiful cacti, lovely rock formations and color! The sun in the afternoon allows for even more brilliant photo ops.

Some trails are rocky, I do not recommend using:
1. a rental car on those. I’ve heard it can invalidate your agreement if something happens to the rental.
2. Owners with lower to the ground cars, damage might occur and your out in the dessert.
Written 1 March 2024
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Sisollie
Nahant138 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Beautiful canyon with spectacular views. We spent an amazing afternoon here. Even the 4 and 5 year old kids loved it. Nice break from the activity and a great place to see some natural beauty. The gift shop offered some amazing items.
Written 29 February 2024
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Becky V
Norcross, GA352 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Red Rock Canyon is 30 minutes from Las Vegas and its like entering another beautiful rugged world. The scenic loop is 13 miles around with several multiple places to pull off. We hiked the Calico Tanks trail and it was well worth the time and effort. The views from the scenic road are also incredible.
Written 26 February 2024
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