• Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management
  • Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
    Photo courtesy of U.S. Bureau of Land Management
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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 was once far removed from Las Vegas but now sits just outside the western edge of the city. The area is full of spectacular natural beauty, rugged red rock...  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 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 Attractions & Activities: "If you continue past the Red Rock Loop area on Highway 159 going away from Las Vegas, you'll encounter other hiking trails just off the road, horse stables, a State Park and the small town of Blue Diamond, which has a small cafe and store."
  • Things to Do in December: "Red Rock Canyon is a great place to hike during the winter months because the temperatures are generally mild (around 60F), but be sure to hit the trail early since it's dark by about 5 p.m. in winter."
  • 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.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The amazing desert landscape in Red Rock Canyon offers a wealth of sight-seeing, hiking and photography opportunities.
  • Best for Things to Do in December Because: The desert's generally mild December weather makes it a great time to visit Red Rock Canyon for a hike or to enjoy the scenic drive.

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