Updated: Nov 21, 2019
I first heard about Red Rock Canyon only a few months ago, when planning our last Vegas trip. When you think about Vegas and day trips, first thing that comes to mind is the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam. And you should, these are absolute musts (btw, I have a travel guide for this -> click here to read it), but if you've already been and is looking for something closer to Sin City, Red Rock Canyon is your guy.
Less than 20 miles from the Las Vegas Strip! Yes, it's that close.
It took us under 30 min to get there on a Sunday afternoon, there was no traffic, no waiting lines (I've read that it does get busy during summer depending on the time of the day), and plenty of parking spots available along the park.
Here's the address for your GPS:
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area
1000 Scenic Loop Dr, Las Vegas, NV 89161
The Visitor Center is open daily from 8am-4:30pm.
The Scenic Drive is open every day of the year with hours changing slightly according to the season:
Nov – Feb – 6am to 5pm March – 6am to 7pm Apr – Sep – 6am to 8pm Oct – 6am to 7pm
Car/Truck: $15 per vehicle (valid for 1 day)
Motorcycle: $10 per vehicle (valid for 1 day)
Annual Passes available as well!
THINGS TO DO
Make sure that you go for a hike, the views are breathtaking and Red Rock has 26 trails of different levels available. Also other attractions are: picnic area, biking, rock climbing, camping, off road driving and more.
Explore the Mojave Desert, a maze of canyons and trails, and enjoy the beautiful sights!
The park consists of a 13-mile one-way scenic drive in which there are lots of vista points with parking spots that you can stop to enjoy the scenery and hop on trails.
Keep in mind that this is a one-way drive and if you pass one of the stops but decide to go back, the only way to so is by entering the park all over again.
Very popular among rock climbers, Red Rock is one of the top 5 climbing destinations in the USA.
Tip: The best canyon views, in my opinion, are in the first stops of the park!