Keystone Thrust Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews

Keystone Thrust Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Las Vegas, Nevada that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.4 miles
567 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips

trail running


bird watching


wild flowers


no shade

Directions from Las Vegas: Travel ten miles west along State Route 159. Once at the Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center turn northwest onto a paved road. Continue on the paved road until the Upper White Rock Springs parking lot.

1 month ago

Easy trail to get lost on towards the end, I had my phone out with this app open the whole time trying to figure out which trail went where. Besides that, great views of the keystone thrust majority of the trail and some really neat, bright red rocky formations towards the end that I did not expect! Saw nobody else on the trail.

3 months ago

The end left me wondering why that was the end. At the halfway point there is a spur up the little hill which might end with more satisfaction

5 months ago

Not the best but not horrible. Be prepared for a mile long climb along a narrow, rocky path. The views are good but fairly fixed. Be on the lookout for the trail’s only marker which is located about 250 yards from the parking lot. Miss this and you will be headed out on White Rock Loop.

9 months ago

The drive to the second parking lot can be a little rough. There is zero shade but other than that it was a nice trail with good views.

10 months ago

Keyatone Thrust is a nice hike but Calico Tanks is far more beautiful.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

A lot of up hill walking in a desert landscape, no areas of shade. Luckily, the weather was perfect for the walk. There is no marker showing that the trail ends. Oddly, the GPS on my phone happened to work up there, so I was able to check the map.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Easy in-and-out trail with beautiful vistas and views of Red Rock Canyon and downtown LV on a clear day.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Nice hike, best for winter weather. Zero shade.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Good all-around hike: a mix of paths, steps, inclines/declines. i enjoyed the terrain diversity. Not a whole lot of critters to be found. I guess the foot traffic keeps everything far from the trails.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Pleasant hike after a rough gravel and rocky road to the trail head. Up and back late afternoon with a surprise Big Horn crossing my path!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Full sun and uphill all the way in until turn around. Super views throughout. Make sure to take the marked trail to the right just after the trailhead. Drive to the second parking lot (gravel, rough road) to get the the trailhead.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Good entry level hike. Nothing too strenuous with regard to inclines or scrambling over rocks and a pretty short distance.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Saturday, July 01, 2017

Had the place all to myself, late afternoon hike. Nice and quiet. Trail not marked well past first mile ......
SUV best to drive to the upper parking lot, lots of basketball size rocks and dips in the road.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

I would rate this trial easy, but with some elevation. it was unclear where the trail ended, so I may not have made it to the end. nearby Calico Tank trail was so much better. nothing to see on the trail you cannot see from the road.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Nice hike. More "moderate" than "easy" due to the uphill climb. Path on app did not match the official park trail.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Very nice you do have to pay to go in

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Good trail with kids. About the right distance and inclination to be doable and a little challenging. Takes about 2h from parking lot.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

This is a moderately difficult out and back trail which gives nice views of the surrounding area. Portions of the trail are a bit rough, but for the most part is easily trafficked gravel. We saw plenty of kids and pets successfully completing the trail. Views at the end are great and you can kind of see a bit of everything that Red Rock Canyon has to offer in one short hike. We combined this with the white rock/la madre springs loop for a total of ~10 miles.

trail running
Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Nice trip not difficult and easy to run all way long
Start going up with a gradual rise from very beginning

Nice views


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mostly wash with medium stones a pain in the butt to walk on. The mountain views were awesome but you had to watch your feet all the time because of the rocks.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Rough walk on medium-sized rocks, but beautiful scenery and geological formations. We took a side trail to a tall summit to get a fabulous view.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Great trail. It was fun and links to three other trails.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Mostly interesting due to the fragmented sandstone along the fault and great views of the canyon. Easy walk.

Monday, August 05, 2013

Just Hiked this trail, Up hill most of the way, But well worth the Views...

Friday, March 19, 2010

This is a moderate difficulty hike that leads you to some impressive and interesting views of both the fault and the surrounding area. An initial gain in elevation from the White Rock Parking Lot takes you around a ridge and into the fault. Exploration is fun here and involves a bit of scrambling along the fault line.

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