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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Type: Outdoor Activities, Parks, Sightseeing

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is an easy escape from the fast pace of the Las Vegas Strip. Located west of the city just outside the edge of housing developments, this chunk of the Mojave...  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

  • 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 in December: "In Las Vegas, winter is one of the best times to go explore Red Rock since temperatures are usually pleasant (around 60F), but be sure to start your day early. By 5 p.m. in winter, night has fallen."
  • 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."
  • 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 in December Because: Fall and winter are both great times to visit Red Rock Canyon, which enjoys generally moderate temperatures during those seasons.
  • 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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