Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

We lived in Las Vegas, Nevada while I went to high school and my favorite place was Red Rock – the National Conservation Area not the casino. Remember, I was 13-17 when we lived there, you’re not exactly allowed in casinos at that age. We lived about 20 minutes from Red Rock and would go hiking there on the weekend. I went back over Thanksgiving (2016) to visit family and while I was there I made sure to stop at Red Rock.

Since we moved they have completely remodeled the visitor center and it is huge and really awesome. The back side of it is constructed of glass windows giving you a panoramic view of the park.

View a map of the park here.

This trip I didn’t have time to hike, so I stuck to driving the 13 mile long scenic loop. Even if this is the most you have time for, it is definitely worth it. I recommend going early in the morning to beat the traffic. The scenic loop is a one-way single lane so it gets congested quickly. The High Point Overlook is a great spot to eat breakfast and watch the sunrise.


The Calico Rocks are a popular spot for rock climbing.





Rocky Gap Road is a 4 wheel drive trail that leads out of Red Rock Canyon to Lovell Canyon Road. A high clearance vehicle is required for this road. My dad and I enjoyed driving it when we lived in Vegas.


We have seen wild burros in the park before.

Some of our favorite hikes to do were Calico Hills and Calico Tank trails, Ice Box Canyon trail, and First Creek Canyon trail. Hiking in the Calico Rocks area is fun because you can watch the rock climbers work their magic.

Still on my bucket list to do:

  • Hike Turtlehead Peak – 5 mile strenuous trail