Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
- Type: Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
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Less than 20 miles west of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers travelers a respite from Las Vegas' nature-void, neon landscape. Here you'll find an 18-mile scenic car route through the desert and trails for bicycling and hiking, so be sure to get out of your car and hit a hiking trail to fully take advantage of the desert rock formations' unique and unforgettable beauty.
Travelers note, however, that some hiking trails can be very strenuous, so you should know your limits before you embark (this is the desert after all). Also be sure to bring a map from the visitor's center, as the landscape can look very similar at various points of the park, thus making it difficult to depend on landmarks for orientation. But, above all, enjoy the outdoors and your brief respite from the confines of a casino. As one TripAdvisor traveler says, "How much nicer to be here than inside some casino with artificial sky, smoking, and jangling of slot machines."
Red Rock Canyon has seasonal hours, and a one-day driving pass costs less than $20. Visit the canyon's website for details on camping, hours of operation and entry fees.