RED ROCK CANYON NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA
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Red Rock Canyon is a day use area with the exception of the developed campground. The Red Rock Overlook on SR 159 (W. Charleston Blvd) is open for one additional hour. Red Rock Canyon is located 19 miles West of Las Vegas.
VISITOR CENTER HOURS:
October 3 through April 3, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
W. Charleston Blvd is the most direct route to Red Rock Canyon from the “Strip,” however there are a series of signals and traffic can be slow. You should allow 25 minutes drive time from the Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas Blvd).
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area holds a special place
in the hearts of thousands of Las Vegans. In marked contrast to a town
geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock Canyon offers enticements
of a different nature. Peace, serenity and beauty are just a few words
that will barely begin to describe what you will experience here. The
Mojave Desert is not barren as you might think. It is teeming with life
and beauty that in my opinion is rare and unique.
Petrified sand dunes, frozen in time, offer you a unique perspective of nature as well as the effects of the passing of millions of years. The excitement of suddenly appearing waterfalls, cascading into the canyons, will make you appreciate the mysteries and the hidden dangers of the Mojave. Red tailed hawks search for their next meal while drifting on air currents high above the desert floor.
Whether you are a local Las Vegan, or just visiting, take some time out and enjoy the desert on a personal level. A word of caution, bring plenty of water and a good set of hiking shoes. You will definitely want to get out of the car and enjoy nature the way it was intended.
Backcountry camping is allowed within Red Rock Canyon above
5,000 feet. A permit is required and can be obtained by calling: 702-515-5050.
The backcountry area is remote with no drinking water or firewood for
campfires. There is no developed trail system in the backcountry.
Please carry out all trash. Litter is an eyesore and a hazard
to wildlife. Trash cans are located at parking lots along the Scenic
Drive and in Willow Springs.
BICYCLES AND RED ROCK
Bicycles are allowed on all paved or unpaved roads and two-tracks, but not on designated hiking trails. All bikes are obligated to follow motor vehicle road regulations on the scenic drive and highway; particularly those laws relating to one-way travel on the scenic drive, riding abreast, and slow traffic keep right
HIKING AND HIKING SAFETY
Hikers should stay on established trails. Cutting across switchbacks damages soils and plants, and severely damages the trail. Thin black crusts of moss and lichen cover open areas and protect desert soils from wind and rain erosion; any foot traffic quickly destroys the crusts which heal very slowly. Off-trail hikers should spread out in small groups, and hike on rock areas as much as possible.
Each year people are lost, injured, and sometimes killed while
visiting Red Rock Canyon. For your safety, please follow these simple
Temperatures can exceed 105 °F (41 °C) in Red Rock Canyon. It is suggested you drink four liters of water per day in the summer, but do not drink untreated water as it may be contaminated.
Avoid drainages after thunderstorms or severe weather because of flash floods. Stay away from high points during thunderstorms; lightning can kill.
Wildlife may appear to be tame, but may attack if threatened. Stay a safe distance away while observing animals.
Horseback riding is allowed on dirt roads and two-tracks, and on some designated foot trails. Riding is prohibited on paved roads unless crossing is necessary or if the road is closed. Inquire at the visitor center for more information about trails open for horseback riding.
Watch children closely; they often do not recognize potential dangers.
The burros at Red Rock Canyon are not domesticated animals and can be dangerous. Do not feed or pet the burros. Feeding burros encourages these animals to congregate on roadways where many have been killed and injured by vehicles. To observe these animals safely: pick a safe place to stop; pull completely off the roadway, observe the burros from a distance. Staying in your car is the safest way to photograph and observe the burros.
Pets are welcome at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.
Pets are permitted on trails, and should be leashed to minimize conflicts
with other people, other pets and native wildlife. Pet owner is required
to clean up pet waste (baggies for waste disposal are available in the
campground and at the Scenic Drive fee station).
SEASON, HOURS OF OPERATION, AND WEATHER
$10 per night per site;
Two vehicles per site;
A sand tent pad is provided for approximately 2-3 tents.
$25 per night per site;
Up to eight vehicles per site.
Age and Golden Access card holders receive a 50% discount on camping
fees, except for the group campground. The Golden Eagle Pass, Red Rock
Canyon Annual Pass, and National Parks Pass are not accepted.
Pet waste must cleaned up by pet owner;
Pets may not be left unattended;
Maximum 14-day limit;
Quiet hours are from 10 pm until 6 am (the use of generators and radios prohibited during this time)
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