RED ROCK CANYON
The Red Rock Canyon is a national conservation area that takes up 197,000 acres in the Mojave Desert, located just a couple miles west of Las Vegas. At the Red Rock Canyon there is a non-profit book and gift store at the Visitor’s Center where you can get information on the wildlife, vegetation, geology, trails, camping, and other recreational activities within Red Rock Canyon. Also on exhibit is the Lizard Lounge where you will find various desert animals including rescued lizards.
Within the Red Rock Canyon, there are bike trails, walking trails, and climbing and hiking trails that vary from easy to challenging and short to long. These trails offer visitors breathtaking views of the Springs Mountains and the Las Vegas Valley. The bicycle pavilion is located near the visitor’s center where guests can rest from their bike rides and get some water to drink. Also, at the pavilion there are picnic benches, tables, and grills to have picnic or cook a meal.
The 13-mile, one-way scenic drive is open from 6:00 a.m. to dusk every day. Hiking trails are accessible from parking areas, and there are various different places to stop and take pictures, sight see, and enjoy the beautiful area along the drive. Whether you are taking a drive or a bicycle ride, the view of the huge sandstone cliffs is one of the most remarkable things you will ever see.
The Nevada congressional delegation made the Red Rock Canyon area of southern Nevada a National Conservation Area to be designated nationally in 1990. The permitted legislation states that, “In order to conserve, protect and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the area in southern Nevada containing and surrounding the Red Rock Canyon and the unique and nationally important geologic, archaeological, ecological, cultural, scenic, scientific, wildlife, riparian, wilderness, endangered species and recreation resources of the public lands therein contained, there is established the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area.”