dogs on leash
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.
Went up here for the first time in Saturday. Had a great time, and was worth the drive. Pictures do not do this trail justice! Also - make sure to wear hiking shoes!!! I know that usually goes without saying, but it was our first time up there and kept slipping off of rocks. Will never do that again!
Great hike, however, I decided to climb the west face approach to the Arch which is easily a Class 4+ climb (3 pitches, all crack) with two more small pitches just prior to the summit. I was within 150m of the summit and was almost blown off the edge by 45-50mph wind gusts. Probably the hardest hike-climb combo in Red Rocks. Those interested in a similar climb should try free climbing the east approach (end of Calico Hills Trail) which requires you to park in Calico Basin and crack climb all the way up to the tanks and reverse route all the way around Red Rocks and enter the Basin area from the south...hug the western edge of RR back to parking.
Hiked this with my approach shoes so I could do some scrambling, super fun! I went to the west first (left at the trailhead sign) and I think I'd do it that way again. Stunning rock, a journey through time. Saw a red tailed hawk, spotted Towhees, and some lizards. Definitely populated (Saturday) but no one was smoking or flying drones, and only one dbag had speakers going, so I didn't mind the folks I passed.
Tappan M. on Calico Tanks Trail
Gorgeous and scenic. Stone staircases and a hell of a payoff at the peak.