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Red Rock Canyon, Las Vegas Nevada

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a haven to locals seeking an escape from the city. The 14-mile scenic drive takes visitors in a circle around the outskirts of the valley, passing the vibrant red and brilliant yellow rock formations, thetowering mountains that form the western border, and the acres of constantly changing Joshua Trees. Hiking trails are abundant, with clearly marked trailheads and parking lots. Most of the lots hold between 20-30 cars, which is more than adequate most of the time. But on weekends in spring and fall, when the weather is pleasant, some of the more popular trailheads might overflow with people. The best time to go is the middle of the week.

Red Rock Canyon costs money, part of the price we pay for low taxes in Nevada. The fees are collected at the entrance to the scenic drive.

Red Rock Canyon Prices and Directions:

Day pass fees:

  • Car: $7
  • Motorcycle: $3
  • Bicycle:$3
  • Pedestrian: $3
  • Commercial Tour Bus: $5

Annual Support Pass: $30
Red Spring group picnic reservation: $40
Individual campsite: $15
Group campsite: $40

Driving Directions:

From the North:
Take Charleston Boulevard West out of the city. It will turn into Blue Diamond Road, or highway 159.
Pass Calico Basin.
Turn right on Scenic Drive. There will be signs saying "Red Rock Canyon."

From the South:
Take Blue Diamond Road West out of the sity.
Turn right to stay on Blue Diamond Road, and the scenic loop to Red Rock Conservation Area. Driving straight would put you on the 160 to Pharump.
Pass the city of Blue Diamond, Bonnie Springs Recreation area, and Spring Mountain Ranch State Park.
Turn left on Scenic Drive. There will be signs saying "Red Rock Canyon."