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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks, Sightseeing

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Part of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just past the western edge of Las Vegas, about 17 miles from downtown Las Vegas. The area is home to spectacular scenery,...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Visitor Center: Daily 8am-4:30pm
  • Scenic Loop (Nov-Feb): Daily 6am-5pm
  • Scenic Loop (Mar): Daily 6am-7pm
  • Scenic Loop (Apr-Sep): Daily 6am-8pm
  • Scenic Loop (Oct): Daily 6am-7pm

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • $7

  • Things to Do in December: "In Las Vegas, winter is one of the best times to go explore Red Rock since temperatures are usually pleasant (sunny and around 60F), but winter can also bring rainy weather. Check the forecast before planning your outing."
  • Best Attractions & Activities: "If you're hoping to have a picnic after your hike, you won't find many picnic areas with benches in Red Rock. Along The Loop, the scenic drive that winds through Red Rock Canyon, there's one picnic area at Lost Creek, where the Children's Discover Loop Trail is located."
  • Things to Do with Kids: "The Children's Discovery Trail takes visitors to a seasonal waterfall and is a great hike to do with kids. It's a little more than a half a mile roundtrip and is suitable for those who can do an easy to moderate hike and can navigate stairs."
  • Parks: "The Red Rock Scenic Loop has become such a popular place to visit that the lines to get in can stretch far down the highway, and once the area reaches capacity it's closed. If the weather is temperate, be sure to arrive early in the day to ensure you can drive the Loop."
  • Best for Things to Do in December Because: Fall and winter usually provide excellent weather for exploring the desert, and Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is just outside Las Vegas.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: Red Rock Canyon's stunning beauty offers the perfect place for a scenic drive, hike or watching wildlife.
  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: Red Rock Canyon is full of amazing natural beauty and offers a multitude of outdoor activities like hiking, rock climbing and wildlife watching.
  • Best for Parks Because: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is the home of majestic multi-colored cliffs, hidden springs and miles of hiking trails.

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