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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.

Agree with everyone’s comments, once you’re no longer on the front side of the mountain it gets harder and harder to know where to go. I never made it completely around but I hear it is possible! I’ll be back to conquer it!

Loved it. We took our 11 months old baby! She did great beautiful and easy!

This trail is fair to moderate in the beginning. However, once you reach the halfway point it gets challenging. The markings are scarce on this trail. It's easy to get off the path so you really need to pay attention to where you are going. The view at the top is amazing though.

My favorite kind of trail because there was almost no traffic. It's just past the visitor's center on your left. You will see a sign for horseback riding and the trailhead is just after the sign to the right. The terrain is Rocky but no boulders to climb. The rail does not have a sign marking it not are there markers along the way. There are a few spots were the trail is pretty Rocky and it can be tricky to see exactly which way it goes. The view is AMAZING! If you are into photography this trail is for you.

5 days ago

Trails are a little confusing, but all trails in the area are beautiful! No waterfall when we were there (January 2018) but the trees and rocks creates scenic view.

love this place. always new paths.

5 days ago

A very nice and fun trail. I recommend people to wear appropriate shoes to climb on some rocks going through the trail. Love the interval of the trail. Prefer coming here early in the morning.

This hike is not a young kid friendly hike. It is only for only four kids 8 and older. The trails are not marked very well especially once you get a mile and a quarter in to the hike. There are a lot of miniature trails with a lot of foot traffic that make it super confusing. I am a seasoned hater and have been on many hikes with my family and this is the first time I got confused on what trail to take. I wanted to do the whole hike but we couldn’t because we spent too much time trying to figure out which trail to take and then having to turn around whenever we got stuck at a dead end

Some rock scrambling fun. Awesome view.

trail running
8 days ago

As other reviewers note, the trail is well marked for the first half and then becomes far less marked for the second half. It’s also very steep for much of the second half so the “trail run” became a quick paced hike.

Views are incredible. Better for hiking than trail running.

Amazing views of a forest (and creek at the very top) surrounded by a variety of epic layered rock formations

Main walking paths are DEEP GRAVELLY and rocky. Not easy to walk. Worth to check it out on a clear cool day

The waypoints on the map give a better idea of the complexity of this route. There are few if any real trail markers (the occasional cairn may be found but are non-directional and so far spaced to be of utility), and you will routinely have to double-back to get back on trail. The portion over Kraft mountain is apparently Class 3+ or Class 4, which would have been helpful to know, as a rating of "difficult" doesn't fully explain whether it is technical, or just steep. Still, a very pretty hike.

easy, dog and family friendly, beautiful scenery!

As depicted the east half of this loop is at very least extremely difficult and no easily recognizable trail. We got half way up the north slope and turned back down to the wash and "dashed" trail to finish the loop around the east side traveling clockwise. Beautiful and scenic

Excellent trail for getting pictures of Cathedral Rock and surrounding formations from and along Oak Creek. This trail is much less frequently traveled than the Cathedral Rock trail, but suffers from the same lack of parking due to sharing a trail head. Several offshoots from this trail lead to the river, and the area is dark enough to get good pictures of the Milky Way at night, despite being within a stone's throw of several houses.

fun trail. quite a few hikers were arriving as i left trail mid day, but had not seen many people on way out.

Great hike for everyone, my son loved it! (4 years old)

This area is where my family (local to Vegas) calls home. Pick your poison out here (for free). Easy, rocky trail approach to the Red Rocks. ..Simple desert trails not frequented by the national park tourists...Challenging scrambles with beautiful vista payouts...Enough moderate rock climbing to fill days worth of sends. Plenty of places with minimum to no exposure to picnic with little ones. This is where I teach my kids (ages 3 & 5) basic desert knowledge, hiking, scrambling, & top rope climbing. Come check out the locals spot and avoid the crowds. Word of warning....This place gets plenty of sunlight which is particularly nasty during summer months. Seriously, I almost killed my sisters dog on a 15 minute hike!!! Plan accordingly :)

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