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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.
One of my favorites. It's a nice hike until you get to the base. Once heading up, there is a lot of scree and can make for a difficult climb up and down. It's worth it because the view at the top is priceless. I was at the top once when a storm popped up. The lightning show from the top was amazing.
This was a fun but challenging hike. Its slightly off the major trails but is used by climbers going up Rainbow Mountain, Rainbow Wall, and Juniper Peak. The trails run along a wash full of very large boulders, along the edges of the mountains that contain heavy brush, and a long narrow channel as you near the top of the notch. The long narrow channel contains many scrambles, some of which you climb and crawl through gaps in the rocks to get up to a higher point. Several areas have ropes that aid in climbing difficult rock obstacles. The trail up to the top has footpaths that are not well defined. There are many cairns that keep you moving up in the right direction.
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.