Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Explore the trails of this desert landscape lined with dramatic sandstone cliffs, just outside of Vegas.

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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area: Our most recommended tours and activities

Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Seven Magic Mountains Trip

1. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Seven Magic Mountains Trip

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Clark County, Nevada, is about 15 miles west of Las Vegas (pickup starts from 7 AM), and is easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations, a collection of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to 3,000-feet high, making them a popular hiking and rock-climbing destination. The highest point in the park is La Madre Mountain at 8,154 feet. A 13-mile loop road provides vehicle access to many of the area's interesting features, while the side roads bring visitors to many of the area's trails. A visitor center marks the start of the loop road, which also contains a popular route for bikers, beginning with a moderate climb and then continuing downhill or on flat terrain. Red Rock Canyon is a side-canyon accessible only by an unmaintained off-road from the scenic loop. State Route 159 cuts through an unnamed but often-visited valley; it is commonly, but mistakenly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon. The Wilson Cliffs, or Keystone Thrust, a massive wall of rock, can be seen to the west from SR 159. Toward the southern end of the National Conservation Area are Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Bonnie Springs Ranch, which includes a replica of a western ghost town, and the village of Blue Diamond. Internationally renowned Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone’s Seven Magic Mountains is a large-scale, site-specific public art installation located near Jean Dry Lake and Interstate 15, approximately 10 miles south of Las Vegas, Nevada. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30-feet high, Seven Magic Mountains is a creative expression of human presence in the desert, Seven Magic Mountains punctuates the Mojave with a poetic burst of form and color. Seven Magic Mountains was produced by the Nevada Museum of Art and Art Production Fund. The exhibition opened May 11, 2016, and was originally scheduled to be on view for two years. Due to the incredible success of the piece since its opening, artist Ugo Rondinone has expressed a strong desire to keep the artwork on view at its current site. At the end of 2018, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) issued a three-year permit extension for the artwork, allowing the installation to remain on view through the end of 2021.

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Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Sunset Tour

2. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Sunset Tour

Join a small group tour to Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and take in the Seven Magic Mountains as an optional extra. Meet your experienced tour guide at your hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to start your trip to Red Rock Canyon. Follow the 13-mile Red Rock Canyon Scenic Route, stopping at the most beautiful viewpoints inside the nearly 200,000-acre National Conservation Area. Admire a series of colorful sandstone formations that sit beneath an older limestone backdrop, providing ideal photo opportunities. Some stops include a gentle hike to visit ancient petroglyphs, while others are great for photos and sightseeing. Right before the sun sets, take a short, easy hike to the peak of Pine Creek Canyon, overlooking Red Rock Canyon and the mountains. Witness firsthand the artwork of Mother Nature as the sky changes color from blue to fiery red to a soft orange and pink. Finally, climb back in the van to head back to your hotel. If you choose the Seven Magic Mountains option, you will head straight to admire the art installation by Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone after pickup from your hotel. Marvel at the garishly painted boulder stacks and take some fantastic photos before heading to the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area for the tour.

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Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon Day Trip

3. Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Red Rock Canyon Day Trip

First stop is the Valley of Fire state park. See the famous Atlatl Rock, Elephant Rock and Rainbow Vista before you venture into the petrified sand dunes of Fire Canyon. Here, you will have the option to hike the Mouse's tank Trail (0.75-mile roundtrip). Keep your eyes peeled for Native American petroglyphs and learn about the many Native American cultures who made the Valley of Fire their home as your guide leads you through the hike. After your hike, enjoy a 13-mile scenic drive deeper into the Mojave Desert to Red Rock Canyon. Enjoy views of the 65-million-year-old Wilson Cliffs and Keystone Thrust before arriving at the Canyon where you will have some time to explore the area.

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Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

4. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

Enjoy the "Best of Las Vegas" on this one-of-a-kind aerial flight featuring a natural gem of the Mojave Desert, Red Rock Canyon. Fly over the iconic fiery-red sandstone cliffs and the scenic loop of Red Rock Canyon on your way to one of the best views in Las Vegas. Departing from the Las Vegas Strip terminal, enjoy aerial views over Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Descend to a private vista for views of the Las Vegas Strip and Valley. From this panoramic overlook 2,900 feet above the city, relax with champagne for 30 minutes near Red Rock Canyon. Your helicopter landing adventure concludes with a flight over some of Las Vegas's most luxurious homes and golf courses. Upon returning to the Las Vegas Strip, see iconic landmarks such as Bellagio, Caesars Palace, Luxor, T-Mobile Arena, and the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium. You can also opt to take the tour at sunset. Enjoy an extended landing time at the golden hour from a secluded viewpoint. Return after sunset as the Strip shines bright and the city comes to life.

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Las Vegas 3-Hour Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour

5. Las Vegas 3-Hour Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour

Get ready to enjoy one of the best nature adventures Las Vegas has to offer. Spend 3 hours in the stunning Red Rock National Conservation Area on an electric bike ride – the new and exciting way to see this natural wonder. Experience 360-degree views as you enjoy a comfortable ride on a bike that is easy to handle and does the work for you. You’ll cycle the 13-mile loop and its 1000-foot elevation change with little or no effort on this sleek, innovative machine! Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas and features some of the most spectacular views in this part of the country. Red and cream sandstone formations, waterfalls, rock engravings, feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep, coyotes, desert tortoise, and a variety of desert plant life is a glimpse of what this scenic adventure has to offer.

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From Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Hire

6. From Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Hire

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Las Vegas, and then travel to the Red Rock National Conservation Area a few miles west of the city. Get fitted with the correct gear and electric bike on arrival, and benefit from any necessary training and clothing to enjoy your experience in safety. Get access to 20 miles of scenic bike paths along the Blue Diamond and Red Rock scenic loops, along with the paths around the affluent Summerlin district. Enjoy the freedom to stop and start at your leisure. Look for the local wildlife, such as coyotes and bighorn sheep. Reconnect with nature among the sandstone rocks of the Red Rock Canyon, estimated to be 180 to 190 million years old. Fill your lungs with fresh air and take in the stunning vistas of the conservation area before the transfer back to downtown Las Vegas.

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Las Vegas: Guided Red Rock Canyon Tour

7. Las Vegas: Guided Red Rock Canyon Tour

Embark on this adventure and experience an incredible display of naturally layered sandstone. See the most studied fault in the world due to its exotic formations. After centuries of compounding sand dunes, these incredible Aztec Sandstone rocks that make up Red Rock Canyon draw nature-lovers and photographers alike.  Take in the stunning rainbow of colors and vast vistas that are peaceful, yet alive with history. Along with your certified guide, spot the native wild horses, bighorn sheep, and other rare desert flora and fauna. 

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Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas Strip Trike Tour

8. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon and Las Vegas Strip Trike Tour

Hop on board a 2-person trike and embark on a guided trip to picturesque Red Rock Canyon with its unforgettable views and red rocks. Get a taste of the city at the Las Vegas Strip and stop at the famous Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign for photos. Your tour begins at the trike shop and a short safety briefing. Then you’ll gear up with your trike and helmet before hitting the local streets for a fun and thrilling ride. With an automatic trike, you’ll get to enjoy the fresh air and freedom of a bike without getting tired. Rest assured no motorcycle license is needed to ride your trike. When you arrive at the Las Vegas sign, get plenty of time to take photos before continuing the trip to Red Rock Canyon. Later, ride back to the trike shop to drop off your gear and say goodbye to your guide. 

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Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Sunrise Self-Guided E–Bike Tour

9. Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Sunrise Self-Guided E–Bike Tour

Start your tour with hotel pick–up an hour before sunrise and transfer to the starting point in the Las Vegas neighborhood of Summerlin. Pick up your equipment and get going! Pedal like a normal bike, but rely on the electric battery to assist you. After a safety orientation and practice ride, head up to the Red Rock Canyon on a 4–mile bike lane and into the Red Rock National Conservation Area. Glide along the 13–mile canyon paved scenic byway to reach an elevation of 4,800 feet with many places to stop.  Discover this 190 million year–old home to over 200 different animals including coyotes, burros, bighorn sheep, wild horses, turtles and much more. Photograph the beautiful landscapes, from red sandstone formations of the Calico Basin to the red striped wooded mountains on the west. After riding approximately 22 miles through the Canyon and surrounding areas, return to the meeting location in Summerlin without breaking a sweat.

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What people are saying about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 217 reviews

Awesome trip, Robert our driver/guide was friendly and knowledgeable. So many amazing stops at red canyon, Robert was always offering to take photos for us. Opportunity to climb some rocks and some trail walking- nothing too strenuous. Got in the car and was given snacks and water- save the peanuts to feed the ground squirrels, they eat out of your hand. Great trip not too far from the strip. Plenty of toilets around the stops at red rock and the visitor centre.

Robert is the best tour guide ever. He told us everything that we need to know about the location we’re going to and help us to get a better view for a picture. 100% will recommend to other tourist and he made our whole trip here in Vegas memorable. Kudos to Robert and to the tour company✌️✌️

Sergio was WONDERFUL! He was a fantastic tour guide! He captured so many amazing pictures of my husband and I. we had a great time.

Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, fun and made for a great trip!

It was a great trip. Sergio the tour guide was very good.