01 Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Overview

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Overview

The 10,000 acre Red Rock Canyon is the signature wilderness area just outside Metro Las Vegas. Hike and climb on magnificent Jurassic era frozen sand dunes and calico hills — some reaching heights of 7,000 feet. Experience the Southwestern desert with the help of an elaborate visitor center featuring interpretive displays, movies, presentations and walks. Then, plan your adventure from a short hike to a challenging vertical rock climb and all the levels of difficulty between. Best time of year for adventures here: Mid-Fall to early Spring below 5,000ft; Fall to Spring above 5000ft. Temperatures at the higher elevations are usually in the mid-70s during this time even when Las Vegas Valley is up to 95 degrees! Winter temperatures in the lower elevations can be in the mid-60s! Follow thumbnail images to view the details you will need to plan your adventures here. Click image or title above for more…

02 North Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

North Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

Traverse the Northern Upper Crest Ridgeline between Willow Spring in Red Rock Canyon NCA and North Peak in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada. This ridgeline runs parallel just above to the West of the Rainbow Mountains bordering the West side of Red Rock Canyon. Discover the unmarked trail that takes you all the way. Return by Rock Gap Road.

02 Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive | Red Rock Canyon NCA, Nevada

General information for Red Rock Canyon NCA including how to work the reservation system is on this page. In addition, the 10 points of interest along the Red Rock Canyon Scenic Drive are described. I’ll mention the trailheads from these points as jumping off points for wilderness adventures, but realize that the scenic drive is in itself a totally rewarding experience even if you don’t get out of your car! 13-mile scenic loop drive. Click image or title above for more…

04 Mid Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

Mid Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

Experience the Rainbow Mountains Mid Upper Crest Ridgeline from just South of North Peak to Rainbow Mountain. Pictures, video, detailed description. This adventure begins at Willow Spring in Red Rock Canyon, ascends Rocky Gap Road to the Bridge Mountain/North Peak Trailhead then ascends to the ridgeline, turns South taking the Bridge Mountain Trail. Finally, leave the Bridge Mountain Trail to continue South along the Upper Crest Ridgeline. Click image or title above for more…

Bonnie Springs Ranch | Red Rock Canyon

In mid-March of 2019, after about 45 years of operation, Bonnie Springs Ranch and it’s Old Nevada replica mining town, just West of Red Rock National Park, closed down. We feature Bonnie Springs Ranch here not because it is a hiking destination, but rather a long-time fixture in Red Rock Canyon. Click image or title above for more…

Bridge Mountain in Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

Bridge Mountain in the Rainbow Mountain Wilderness of Nevada is one of the most popular rock climbing destinations in the area. Summiting Bridge Mountain is challenging and there is at least one class 3+ exposed stretch. The most customary summit approach begins in the Willow Creek Picnic Area in Red Rock Park and ascends Rocky Gap Road to a high point before branching off to the approach trail. Route Details: 17 mi/ 4500 > 7003ft; Some Trails, Some Wilderness. Click image or title above for more…

Damsel Peak Northern Approach | Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Damsel Peak Northern Approach | Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area | Nevada

From the top of Damsel Peak outside of Las Vegas, Nevada one can see almost all of the Las Vegas Valley in the same way that Damsel Peak is visible from just about anywhere in Las Vegas Valley. In addition, there is an awesome view of the entire Calico Basin, Turtlehead Peak, the Calico Hills, Mt. Wilson, Rainbow Mountain, Juniper Peak, North Peak and Bridge Mountain and finally the huge expanse of the Keystone Thrust cliffs with La Madre Mountain as the high point. To the North one can see Gass Peak, the Sheep Range and Fossil Ridge. Route details: 16 mi Start Sandstone Quarry Red Rock | 4370 > 6977ft; **Wilderness, No Trail** Click image or title above for more…

Far North Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

Far North Upper Crest Ridgeline | Rainbow Mountain Wilderness, Nevada

This is a circuit composed of the Northernmost 3 miles of the Rainbow Mountains Upper Crest Ridgeline. The circuit begins at the Willow Spring Area of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada. From there, ascent the ridge from its Northernmost point, head South, then return to Willow Spring via Rocky Gap Road.

Grand Circle | Calico Basin | Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

The Calico Hills form a boarder between lower Red Rock Canyon and lower Calico Basin in Nevada. The Grand Loop follows a 5-mile trail around the circumference of the Calico Hills. The Calico Hills are composed of ancient sand dunes that have been frozen into an artistic display of fantastic shapes, colors and designs. From a distance the Calico Hills are dwarfed by the larger surrounding formations. However looks are very deceiving as the closer you get these formations become huge with 30-40ft sheer drop-offs. Route description: 5mi Loop Circles Calico Hills; *Fairly Good Trail, Sketchy in Places – Some Steep Rocky Stretches* Click image or title above for more…