Located in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is the majestic Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This beautiful conservation area is just 15 miles west from Las Vegas and can be easily seen from the Vegas strip.
Each year, more than 2 million people visit this area. With its statuesque red rock formations, sandstone peaks, and walls up to 3,000 ft. high, it is no wonder it draws attention. This place is breathtaking!
I’ve had the pleasure of visiting this place twice now and I notice something different each time. It’s definitely a place I can visit time and time again, and it will never cease to amaze me.
If you get the chance to visit, there is a one way loop road, about 13 miles long, that provides vehicle access to most of the features in the area. There are also side roads and parking areas to stop and take photos, or to lead into many of the hiking trails available. I’ve noticed a lot of people hiking some of the rock formations and even bicycling the loop. Many come to rock climb as well. At the beginning of the loop is also a visitor center with maps of the trails available, and a cute gift shop to commemorate your visit.
I’ve visited the park in the summer and most recently the winter. I’ve heard after the winter months is a great time to visit. It won’t be too hot and after the rains, many of the desert plant life spring into bloom. There are some 600 species of plants known in the area, and home to many different species of animals, such as wild burros, rabbits, and the protected desert tortoise.
If you would like to plan a visit, I highly recommend visiting their website here. They have loads of information about hours of operation and fees associated with the visit. As well as activity information like camping and any events they may be hosting.
This conservation area is absolutely worth the visit. If you’ve been to Vegas many times and have been looking for something different to do, I highly recommend taking a drive through this place.