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Best trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada? AllTrails has 102 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 56 moderate trails in Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area ranging from 1.1 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
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 (102)
#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. YShow 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. EstabliShow 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
Ice Box Canyon Trail is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, natuShow more
#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 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,Show more
#6 - 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 NationalShow more
#7 - 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, this is not an ideal hike for most dogs since it is very rocky and requires scrambling.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 iShow more
#9 - North Oak Creek Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Please note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that the trail is not marked well. The wildflower blooms and snowmelt filling the creeks in spring may only be Show more
#10 - Lost Creek Trail
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
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Length: 0.6 mi • Est. 18 m
Lovely short walk to seasonal waterfall & grotto, benches & viewing platform Although very short, this is a very pleasant hike. Almost the entire route lined with rocks so it is (almost) impossibleShow more
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