Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

off road driving
3 days ago

We have done this trail 3 times over the last year or so. The trail conditions near the top have degraded over that period of time, but remain usable for most high clearance vehicles. Most recent trip was 2 weeks ago in a Jeep TJ with lockers front and rear. We had a second vehicle following that was a brand new stock Tacoma. The stock Taco was able to make it but did bang up his step bars a little. Pick the right lines and it's still ok for most vehicles.

hiking
4 days ago

Holy cow. You gotta WORK for this one! Made it to the arch, but wasn't able to go any further due to a thunderstorm that closed in on us fast as we traversed up the crack below the arch. Just enough time to get up, take a few pics, and get back down. Started pouring just after we climbed back out of the final chute on the return. Will definitely be coming back to summit.... Two things: 1- I've got a stock Ford F150 with BFG KO2 and made it 2 miles into Rocky Gap Road without a problem. Making it to the TH with factory clearance could be an issue, but it's possible to take off at LEAST 4-5 miles round trip in a stock vehicle, driving carefully. 2- the more "technical" portions of the hike (last half mile) feel really sketchy - worse than they really are. If you're uncomfortable outside of the crack on the excited face, you can crab your way up/down the crack slowly and safely. Total stats today: 12.1M, 3,562 elevation gain (parked truck 2mi. approx up Rocky Gap, to the arch - not summit), and 6h27m r/t. Good luck!

beautiful scenery, but not well marked. We never found the falls. There are a few petroglyphs and a really pretty bridge. Did this hike with two kids ages 5 and 7. This was their first hiking experience. They did well.

hiking
5 days ago

Been a few years since I hiked this trail. It was my first hike in a long time so I found out real quick that I was out of shape (even though I was 7% body fat). I went home exhausted and burnt from the lack of shade and poor preparation, but it was the beginning of a hiking/climbing journey. Since then, I’ve hiked and climbed all over the country!

This is one of my favorite trails when I want to get in a short hike.

hiking
9 days ago

Was easy and everything I expected. I would just not make the mistake at going at 11am. I caught that high noon sun and it was brutal. I would definitely recommend going in the early morning.

hiking
11 days ago

Nothing special. Used as a slow recovery scramble for the legs after doing Chasm Lake in Colorado.

walking
12 days ago

Great hike and scramble. Many spots where your hands are required but nothing too dangerous. Taking it slow is about 1.5 hrs.

I would definitely recommend going counterclockwise on this trail. Maybe hike it a few different ways because of the scrambling. Remember, do not climb down something you can’t climb up! I dropped into the slot canyon clockwise, and was anticipating shade at 5-6 pm with little to no luck. There are some gorgeous rock formations and bandings. Beautiful hike. Recommend to take a friend.

hiking
14 days ago

Fantastic trail. A little harder then described but well worth it despite the 102°F weather. Just stay hydrated!

off road driving
14 days ago

As stated by Bryce there is a large step that is unpassable without a lot of experience and a team to make it safely

Excellent view of Las Vegas right before sunset. You’re in the canyon almost the entire way.

nature trips
14 days ago

Easy hike with beautiful end scenery

14 days ago

Great hike but there was a couple of areas that were a little treacherous

hiking
15 days ago

You can see by my rating of this trail how I feel about Turtlehead…

…but just because I did not totally enjoy it does not mean that you won’t.

The pros first:
1. Turtlehead is one of the more challenging trails at Red Rock.
2. The views from the peak are magnificent.
3. Wildlife can be observed.

…so what’s not to like right?

Well, for me, compared to other trails at Red Rock, the trail to the top is boring: Rocks and Junipers with little variation; the one Red Rock trail that come close to this level of monotony is the last few miles of the White Rock loop where the old road ends.

Wild life is around but hard to spot unless you are towards the top where I saw four of Bird of Prey; I think a Prairie Falcon and Crows. I did see some kind of ground Birds towards the trail head, along the wash; Chukar, most likely. Those two sightings were the highlight of my hike.

The trail is challenging and, at times, downright dangerous and that has never stopped me from hiking a trail but there is usually some variation. I did like the challenge and some of the danger but most of the danger was from loose scree which was more annoying. The hike to the abandoned mines at La Madre Springs has a similar amount of scree but with variation.

Some Tips:

Regarding heat management/water… I hiked at midday in some serious heat, took tons of rests but finding shade was hard; I drank 3 liters of water but could have used 4. If you hike during peak heat expect that kind of water consumption. Camel up at the car and wet down your clothes and hats: that should keep you good in the heat for the first 2 or so hours. Sometimes I pack my pockets with micro fiber cloths and wet those down too. Conserve your sweat, not your water.

Rest when you need to, the heat causes your heart rate to rise so break when you are tired and don’t over exert yourself till you are descending from the peak. When resting wait for your heart rate to get nice and low, preferably in the shade.

Gloves would be a good idea because there is some class 3 scrambling. I took a hiking pole with me and I am pretty sure it was helpful your results may vary.

If I did not stop to take pictures, the hike would have taken me about 5 hours due the numerous rest breaks I took going up: three going up and two going down.

Awesome trip. Parking lot is out of nowhere and some really beautiful homes near by. The view is incredible once you get to the top! Very easy to get off trail but try to follow the rocks.

hiking
21 days ago

Moderate to easy hike, there are harder rock climbing sections that you can choose to tackle or take an alternate trail around. There was no water at the end when I went but if you keep hiking up another 5 minutes past the tank there’s a good view of the Las Vegas strip.

hiking
21 days ago

Easy out and back trail or you can start to the right and hike the loop trail to it.

hiking
22 days ago

This hike was enjoyable, bring some friends and some good hiking shoes!

scenic driving
23 days ago

This is actually the second time we did this drive. If you have the National Park Pass, it's free. If not, $15 (car). Entering by motorcycle, bike or foot all incur a cost as well. There are many hiking trails off this byway. Keep in mind it's open year round from 6am, closing between 5-8pm depending on the season. inside the park, there are several picnic areas and pit toilets. Bring plenty of water with you!

Though this area is mostly rock, don't feel that limits multiple visits. The last time we visited was on a November morning, this time a May morning. The lighting is different as per season, as well as different plants flowering. During this visit, we saw many different types of cactus we don't remember seeing in the fall.

This is a gem! Spring is the best time to visit as the falls are active and beautiful pools welcome tired tootsies. Early AM I found to be perfect for this trail. We returned a few weeks ago and the falls were but a trickle and the pools had dried.

Easy but make sure to bring water !!!

Great hike !! Great view of LV on the top. Last portion of the return is not easy

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little flat hike then it gets fun and the views are pretty special. Very easy access/parking.

Great view

Beautiful. Hot in the sun and cool in the shade

horseback riding
1 month ago

A nice ride. Preferred route is counter clockwise.

on Turtlehead Peak Trail

1 month ago

Super fun & challenging!! Your thighs will hurt, coming back feels harder than going up! Take a light lunch to have at the top! Beautiful view to have while eating lunch!

on Calico Tanks Trail

1 month ago

Great hike!!! Great view through it & at the end!

Great hike! Starts off pretty easy but gets challenging having to scramble up some rocks. The descent was far more difficult, wear shoes with good tread, and expect to slip and slide a bit on your way down. Bring lots of water and get ready for great views at the top!

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