Red Rock Canyon
Red Rock Canyon Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89124
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- Recommended for:
- Backpackers / Students, Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Sporty types, Travellers with pets, Escaping the crowds, Great views / scenery
Best for Chilling out - Expert review of Red Rock Canyon
First things first: I'm biased because I adore this place. I come here every day apart from when the heat gets too much to bear in the summer.
Red Rock is not only a national park, but it's full of things that drive geologists crazy. The Calico Hills - huge, bubbly, orange-coloured cliffs that used to be giant sand dunes in prehistoric times. The stripey Keystone Thrust fault - apparently, it's the best example of that particular type of fault in the world. I love the fact that you can pretty much walk all over it (there are paths everywhere).
Non-scientists will love it just as much. There's a 13 mile scenic loop drive that has stopping points all around, plenty of hiking trails and astonishing views of the mountains, the Vegas valley and even the Strip. It's so calm up there, that it's the perfect retreat from the Strip.
Pedestrians and cyclists are free, while cars cost US$7 a pop. Or buy an annual pass for US$20.
More information on Red Rock Canyon:
- Price guide:
- Mountain, National park / nature reserve, Natural wonder
- Red Rock Canyon Road, Las Vegas, NV, 89124
- Months open:
- All year round
- Opening times:
- 6am-8am daily. Winter hours will come into effect in November. The visitor centre is open 8.30am-4.30pm daily.