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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

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

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

Red Rock Canyon by Tour Trekker from Las Vegas

1. Red Rock Canyon by Tour Trekker from Las Vegas

Drive along the 13-mile scenic drive at Red Rock National Conservation area accompanied by an NAI Certified Tour Guide. See the dramatic rock formations and brilliant colors. A stop at the Visitors Center allows you to explore many exhibits and learn the history of the fascinating area. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, only minutes from the Strip, has scenery that is so dramatic it is often selected as the backdrop for movies and commercials. Along the 13-mile scenic drive you will view the impressive Wilson Cliffs, part of the 65-million-year-old Keystone Thrust. Numerous geological features abound, including the fossilized sand dunes of the brilliantly colored Calico Hills. A brief stop at the Visitor Center allows you to explore many fascinating exhibits, interactive learning experiences, and a well-stocked gift shop. Beautiful desert scenery, ancient Native American pictographs, and diverse vegetation make this tour one you’ll never forget.

Las Vegas: Mojave, Red Rock Sign and 7 Magic Mountains Tour

2. Las Vegas: Mojave, Red Rock Sign and 7 Magic Mountains Tour

The California Mojave desert is the most famous desert in USA. Red Rock Canyon 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. 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. 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.

Las Vegas: Guided Red Rock Canyon Scooter Tour

3. Las Vegas: Guided Red Rock Canyon Scooter Tour

Explore the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area on this scooter tour from Las Vegas. Get a safety briefing to ensure that you feel confident on your scooter. Stop at scenic areas for photo opportunities and listen while your guide tells you about the canyon’s history, geology, and wildlife.  Be picked up from a list of selected hotels in Las Vegas or meet at a centrally-located meeting spot. Sit back and relax on the drive to Red Rock Canyon. After a short lesson by your instructor, don your helmet and mount your scooter. Follow your guide and zip through the canyon past the red bluffs and dramatic sandstone and limestone cliffs. Reach an elevation of up to 7,000 feet on a loop road. Look for abundant wildlife like wild horses, bighorn sheep, deer, mountain lions, and eagles. Capture stunning pictures of the Red Rocks to share with friends. Uncover information about the area from your guide. Have the option to take a desert walk or climb. Finish up the day with a ride back to your Las Vegas hotel.

From Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Hire

4. 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.

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

5. 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. 

Las Vegas: Sunset Hike and Photography Tour Near Red Rock

6. Las Vegas: Sunset Hike and Photography Tour Near Red Rock

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. Meet your experienced tour guide at your hotel on Las Vegas Boulevard. Climb aboard the air-conditioned van to start your trip. 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. Comprised of seven towers of colorful, stacked boulders standing more than 30-feet high, the 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. Discover the Mojave Desert and Red Rock's views from Blue Diamond road with scenic desert cliffs, buttes, and rock formations. State Route 159 cuts through an unnamed but often-visited valley; it is commonly, but mistakenly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon.  Admire the Cliffs, or Keystone Thrust, a massive wall of rock, which 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, and the village of Blue Diamond. Uncover the beauty of a series of colorful sandstone formations that sit beneath an older limestone backdrop, providing ideal photo opportunities. Some stops include a gentle hike, while others are great for photos and sightseeing. Right before the sun sets, witness the firsthand artwork of Mother Nature as the sky changes color from blue to fiery red to a soft orange and pink. Be dropped off at your hotel at the end of your tour in time to take a shower and get ready for Vegas nightlife.

Las Vegas 3-Hour Red Rock Canyon Electric Bike Tour

7. 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.

Red Rock Canyon w/Rocky Gap 4x4 Adventure

8. Red Rock Canyon w/Rocky Gap 4x4 Adventure

This is an exciting upgrade to the Red Rock Canyon Classic tour, riding in a cutting-edge Jeep Wrangler. Within minutes of the Strip, you’ll find yourself on the natural side of Las Vegas. Experience a thrilling off-road adventure up Rocky Gap Road, and appreciate the raw beauty of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area at every turn.  See the blazing Red Spring Mountain Range, fossilized sand dunes, and the brilliantly colored Calico Hills. Your guided journey along this 13-mile (21-kilometer) scenic loop, plus Rocky Gap Road, will surely impress you with all of its natural beauty.

Las Vegas: Red Rock Canyon Helicopter Landing Tour

9. 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.

Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

10. Las Vegas: Valley of Fire and Seven Magic Mountains

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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What people are saying about Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 400 reviews

We had a great time. Art, our guide, was amazing. Very informative. Not a ton of hiking (about a half mile was optional) but got us a great taste of the hiking in the area. Scenery was beautiful and the tour ended up being just our group so we had a private car all to ourselves. Would 100% recommend.

I absolutely enjoyed every part of our trip. The tourist guide was awesome and very knowledgeable.

Quincy was a great tour guide and definitely a great personal touch

Guide was fabulous. Easy to get around in the jeep for boarding.

Jack was an amazing tour guide and we really enjoyed the tour.