Best Trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is 195,819 acres and is visited by more than one million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, more than 30 miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with exhibit rooms and a book store. The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area (NCA), the seventh to be designated nationally. This legislation provides the funding to protect and improve the area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is enjoyed by the local population as well as visitors from the United States and many foreign countries. One million visitors each year enjoy the spectacular desert landscape, climbing and hiking opportunities, and interpretive programs sponsored by the BLM. The BLM is the largest administrator of public lands in the West. It adheres to the policy of multiple use, thereby providing recreational opportunities, protection for cultural sites, and the management of natural resources, including wildlife.

on Calico Tanks Trail
2 days ago

A nice trail with good mix of sandy wash 1st 1/4th of trail and rock scrambling other 3/4th of trail. No water in the watering hole this time of year (mid August) but will definitely return in spring to see water. Beautiful view of LV valley at top of valley.

on Lost Creek Grotto Trail
2 days ago

hiking

My 8 year old loved this- plan on going back when the waterfall is there. Easy to follow and you know when you hit the end.... can't go any further.

on Calico Hills Trail
5 days ago

Beautiful scenery

on Red Rock Canyon Scenic Dr...
9 days ago

scenic driving

I have driven this route a couple of times, and hiked around the area. Each time hoping to see some wild burros, or horses......no luck, but still a nice trail near Vegas. Who knew?

on Ice Box Canyon Trail
9 days ago

hiking

Short, easy trail. It's best to go when there's a fall.

on Calico Tanks Trail
9 days ago

hiking

One of my favorite trails at Red Rock. Spectacular views and plenty of places to climb

on Turtlehead Peak Trail
9 days ago

hiking

Great view from the top! there's a check log and box. Make sure to bring a sufficient amount of water.

on Pine Creek Canyon Trail
17 days ago

hiking

good hike. lots of history there as well. homestead and meadow where there was a garden/orchard.

on First Creek Trail
18 days ago

hiking

Easy to follow trail for the first mile, then it gets a little more unclear as where to continue. We made it 1.6 miles in and ended up turning around after that - wasn't sure where to find the waterfall but will go back in the cooler months to see if we can find it. Suggest long pants if you decide to head into the more 'forested' area - lots of thorny bushes, cactus, etc.

on Ice Box Canyon Trail
20 days ago

hiking

Like previous reviews mentioned, it's an up and back hike. The hike up to the canyon was kind of boring for me. Just a long walk through the sage brush. Canyon was pretty scenic when I got up there though.

on Calico Hills Trail
20 days ago

hiking

Absolutely beautiful. Wouldn't hike it alone as there are some sketch scrambling spots. Definitely worth the view at the top.

on Calico Hills Trail
25 days ago

hiking

Parked at Calico 1 and hiked down and to the right until couldn't go any further. Then went back to the left and hiked over to almost Calico 2 parking lot and back to our car. Lots of scrambling over rocks throughout - very beautiful rock formations. Plan to go back and hike from Calico 2 to Tanks. The map on this site is not where we went but followed the trail info from the park hiking guide.

on Red Rocks North Peak Trai...
29 days ago

hiking

Good didn't see much far as wildlife but is a dessert after all

on Blue Diamond Hill Trail
1 month ago

mountain biking

Great mountain biking trail went midmorning in July brought plenty of fluids

on Turtlehead Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking

There is a fee to enter Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area, but it's worth it. The trail is easy the first mile, then moderate the next 3/4 of a mile, and the last 3/4 mile is difficult. Early morning the mountain itself gives you shade. The trail is randomly marked, and if you are not careful you can get off the trail ... Which increases the difficulty of the hike. Watch out for loose rock with sand ... Especially on the way down. Remember falling up the mountain is better than falling down the mountain! Great views at the top make it worth the effort!!

on Calico Tanks Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It was a great moderate trail, a good warm-up for Turtlehead Peak which is next on my list. The trail is part of the Red Rock Canyon Conservation Area and you will need to pay a fee for entry. The trail starts at the Sandstone Quarry Parking Lot, and follows a wash that can be challenging for portions of the trail. Wear shoes that facilitate climbing on and over rocks. Once you get to the top reserve some time to explore and take in the view. Las Vegas has great hiking in all directions.

on Lost Creek Grotto Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Nice and easy

on Ice Box Canyon Trail
1 month ago

hiking

Was a nice hour up & hour back hike. Ate lunch in shade of the canyon. Has Lots of good trail variety--rolling open desert at first & Big boulder scrambling once in the canyon. A Beautiful canyon to hike. However little to No water at this time of year. We'll definitely return around February/March to see the waterfalls.