nature trips


wild flowers

trail running

kid friendly

dogs on leash

dog friendly

horseback riding


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.

Very busy.

Beautiful scenery, watch the forks carefully, there are lots of unofficial offshoots.

We didn't make it to the top, because it got too steep for us. But it is a a wonderfull hike with a bit of shadow. We startet at six o clock in the morning, because of of the very high tempertures.

Great hike not a recommendation with this heat. It's worth the trip

This is our "go to" hike! It's fairly easy, and more exciting if you start to your right. Going left you go straight up and then everything else is down. It's great because you don't need to go into Red Rock and drive the entire loop to get out. The rocks are stunnng. You can challenge yourself more by climbing into the red rock and exploring. We hike this frequently, don't bring your dog. There are several high drops and climbs that would make it tough for your pup. A great hike if you don't want to deal with the traffic in Red Rock.

11 days ago

Beautiful 360 views

14 days ago

As a beginner, I think Keystone is one of the better trails in Red Rock. It's challenging enough but not prohibitive for younger kids. After you round the hill and head down toward the thrust, you have an amazing view of the valley.

It's important to note that there are two parking areas for White Rock. If you're only doing Keystone then I suggest driving up the road to the Upper White Rocks parking area. As of June 2017 this road was horrible. I'm not sure if they have plans to pave or resurface the road but there are large, basketball sized rocks and small boulders to avoid as to not damage your vehicle. I would recommend you bring an SUV, Crossover or pickup if you're able. Small cars with low clearance need to be very cautious.

Nice, short, kid-friendly trail. We took our baby (less than 6 months) on this trail and my husband had him in a front carrier. He was exhausted from being carried around... Ha. Just kidding. He did well. There are a few nice shaded rest-spots along the trail. You could do this trail and another one in a single day. Lots of great photo taking opportunities on this trail also! There was supposed to be some water at the end, but we didn't find any (mid-June hike). Bonus - it wasn't too crowded on a Saturday morning!