Whether your a local or a visitor, you haven’t really experienced Las Vegas until you’ve been to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This wonder of nature is a great place to take a walk or a hike and soak up the desert sun as it beams across the various rock formations, bringing out the colorful beauty of the area.
A 13-mile scenic drive provides a terrific way to tour by car, and there are many stopping points and trails to get a closer look at this 65-million year old geological masterpiece.
There is a nominal fee to enter the park by vehicle, but its free if you hike in. Its also free to check out the Red Rock Visitors Center, which contains an extremely well put-together collection of area artifacts, photographs, scenes of the ancient inhabitants of the area, and a desert tortoise habitat. There is also a great observation deck that’s perfect for snapping pictures of the area if you don’t plan to enter the park. You do not have to pay the park fee to visit the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
HCR 33, Box 5500
Las Vegas, NV 89124
The Conservation Area is open for day use except with special permits.
Scenic Drive Hours :
Winter (Nov 1 – Feb 28/29) 6 am – 5 pm
Spring (March 1 – March 31) 6 am – 7 pm
Summer (April 1 – Sept 30) 6 am – 8 pm
Fall (Oct 1 – Oct 31) 6 am – 7 pm
The Visitor Center Hours:
8 am – 4:30 pm
How to Get There:
Find Charleston Boulevard. It runs East-West from one side of Las Vegas to the other. It crosses the Strip. From Las Vegas Boulevard (The Strip), go west on Charleston Boulevard for 17 miles. You will see a sign on your right hand side that says Red Rock Scenic Drive.