Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Key Info

1000 Scenic Loop Drive

Price & Hours

$7 per vehicle
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily

Details

Hiking, Parks and Gardens Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Seventeen miles southwest of Las Vegas, the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area offers travelers a respite from Las Vegas' unnatural neon landscape. Though you can opt to follow the 13-mile scenic car route through the desert, make the most of your visit by stretching your legs along the numerous hiking and biking trails. No matter how you choose to explore the park, you'll find yourself surrounded by the beautiful Mojave Desert and its signature red hills.

Recent travelers recommended planning your hiking route in advance as some trails can be strenuous for novice hikers. It's also a good idea to bring along a map from the visitors center to ensure you stay on the trail. If you don't want to venture out on your own, several of the city's best guided tours offer excursions to the area. Last, but certainly not least, be sure to slather on sunscreen and bring along plenty of water. According to previous Red Rock Canyon visitors, a trip out here is well worth leaving the casino floor behind. 

Opening and closing times vary by season, but the visitors center is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. If you're driving to Red Rock Canyon, you will have to pay a $7 entrance fee, while motorcyclists, bikers and those entering on foot will only be charged $3. To learn more about Red Rock Canyon, visit the conservation area's website.

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