Red Rock Canyon Nevada


What? : A nice state park that provide close-by option for real nature experience and hikes not so far Las Vegas center.

Where? : Located at the west outskirts of Las Vega on hwy 159.

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When? : This is year around park although summer is very hot and not the recommended time to visit. Winter can be cold especially at early morning. From November through end of May you must make a reservation in the website (link below).

Due note 1: Because it is located in Las Vegas this is very popular park for hikes, bike rides (one-way road) and rock-climbing.

During weekend the parking lots at different trailheads can be full and the trail themselves will be crowded with many people. Therefore, at winter the entrance to this park is by reservation only (check park website).


Due note 2: Make sure to make a visit reservation and day pass (Nov. – end of May).


My thoughts: I visited here only one time, I did not had the time to hike so I drove the main scenic one-way road and stopped at viewpoints along the road.


Blogs on nearby locations:

Seven Magic Mountains
Valley of Fire State Park
Little Finland NV

The visit:

During my visit the visitor center was closed due to Kovid19 and I had only short time for this visit.

From the pay gate there is a 13 miles Scenic Drive, this is one-way road going through the popular stopping and viewing points.

There are many hiking options at the park, some are short and easy staying in the valley and canyons other are longer and climb to high viewing points.


This park can be a nearby option for nature experience for people visiting Las Vegas, spending here the morning or afternoon.