Best trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

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Looking for a great trail in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada? AllTrails has 105 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 57 moderate trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ranging from 1 to 14.5 miles and from 2,919 to 7,237 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada
Park information
Acreage:
195,819 acres
Park hours
Monday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sunday
6:00 am - 7:00 pm
Contact
775-861-6400
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Top trails (105)
#1 - Calico Tanks Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
From the parking lot follow the wide trail 30 yards where it crosses a wash and resumes by the trail sign on the far side. When the trail divides, take the right fork as indicated by the trail sign. You soon walk past a signed Agave Roasting Pit, part of Indian history. Just beyond the Agave Roasting Pit go right as indicated by the trail sign. In a few yards the trail turns into a gravel wash. In about 40 yards leave the wash via an unsigned trail to the right. Its about .75 of a mile to the tank from here. Follow the sandy trail as it heads SE. The trail disappears as it ascends a sandstone ramp. Just beyond the ramp you ascend sandstone steps off to the right. If in doubt of the route, just stay low in the bottom of the drainage. You come to an easy climb by a log. Just past the climb veer left up sandstone steps. At the top of the steps veer right across level ground. Soon you'll ascend two sets of sandstone stairs. At the top of the second set of stairs you see a notch off in the distance; Calico Tank sits on the far side of the notch. Continue on the trail to another highpoint. From here Calico Tank is just a few hundred yards. After ascending a final set of steps the terrain flattens. Keep heading the same direction (SE) until Calico Tank comes into view. Descend to the tank. The tank can range from dry (summer months) to ice (winter months). This is a great spot to relax and have a snack. Show more
#2 - Turtlehead Peak Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
Isolated walk past petroglyphs to ridge line with views of Sandstone Quarry. Well worn path to the summit of Turtlehead Mountain. Alternate exits exist for this classic Red Rock Canyon Peak. Established in 1990 by special legislation the Red Rock Recreation Lands status was changed to a National Conservation Area. The area is comprised of 195,819 acres and is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip. More than 30 miles of hiking trails exists in this scenic area including the well worn path to the summit of Turtlehead Mountain. This classic Red Rock Canyon Peak offers stunning views of Las Vegas and the Red Rock Canyon mountain skyline. Show more
#3 - Ice Box Canyon Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
#4 - First Creek Canyon Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
The hike is about a mile across the flat desert on a very wide and well-defined trail. Well before the mouth of the canyon, when you get to the very first tree, turn 90 degrees to your right and walk about 100ft to reach the hidden waterfall. There is a wide path to the top of the fall. Reaching the base of the waterfall requires some scrambling. Show more
#5 - Pine Creek Canyon Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 43 m
Climbers will know Fern Canyon from the Dark Shadows climb. Most climbers follow the upper path, which is a dirt/rock trail that works it way WNW under cliffs N of Pine Creek. If you enjoy bouldering, you can follow the stream up the canyon instead or you could easily miss the many ponds, pools, ferns, and lush vegetation. Use the dead pine in the photo as a landmark for when to leave the dirt/rock trail and enter the streambed. Follow the stream PAST the climbers launch for Dark Shadows, and turn the corner heading W into the canyon as the cliffs narrow above (N of Mescalito). As the canyon narrows, continue bouldering (class II and III), or scramble up the many game trails (very steep and rocky) to the end of the canyon (ends in seasonal waterfall). Show more
#6 - Kraft Mountain Loop
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Great scenery with several rock scramble challenges. Although dog friendly, users note that this is not an ideal hike for most dogs since it is very rocky and requires scrambling. Users have suggested downloading the offline map before you go since cell service is spotty in this area.Show more
#7 - Calico Hills Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 20 m
Hell Hill serves as the warm up for this grueling summit ascent. The class 3 ridgeline scramble is worth every step. The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is part of the National Landscape Conservation System. This area helps to preserve the large red rock formations and sandstone peaks known as the Keystone Thrust. Popular for hiking and rock climbing, the highest point is La Madre Mountain, at 8,154 feet (2,485 m). Calico Hills is most often referred to as the grouping of colorful sandstone formations north of the entrance to the Scenic Loop Road. This includes the popular Calico Tanks trail and Redcap Peak. Show more
#8 - White Rock Hills Loop Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 6.1 mi • Est. 3 h 13 m
Bighorn Sheep area, canyon views, wooded climbs, and a well marked trail. This loop trail at Red Rock Canyon near Las Vegas, Nevada is a study in contrast. You are always in the Mojave Desert, but it looks markedly different depending on your elevation and the amount of precipitation the area gets. With the White Rock Loop, you see typical desert plants. On the west side of the mountain, hidden from the Scenic Drive, is a hidden forest of juniper and pinyon. It's a great contrast to the barren east side.Show more
#9 - Guardian Angel Pass
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#10 - Wilson's Pimple Loop
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 20 m
This is a pleasant hike across Red Rock Valley to the base of Mt. Wilson, around the back of Wilson's Pimple to Oak Creek, down the creek, and back to the trailhead.Show more
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