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Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area

Sandstone Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89124 USA

Free
Free to Visit
Closed Now
Opens Fri 8a
  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“stunning!”

The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada is an area managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area. It is located about 15mi west of Las Vegas, and easily seen from the Las Vegas Strip. The area is visited by over 1 million visitors each year.The conservation area showcases a set of large red rock formations: a set of sandstone peaks and walls called the Keystone Thrust. The walls are up to high, making them a popular hiking and rock climbing destination. The highest point is La Madre Mountain, at.A one-way loop road, 13 miles (21 km) long, provides vehicle access to many of the features in the area. Several side roads and parking areas allow access to many of the trails located in the area. A visitor center is located at the start of the loop road. The loop road is very popular for bicycle touring; it begins with a moderate climb, then is mostly downhill or flat. Red Rock Canyon itself is a side-canyon accessible only by a four-wheel-drive road off of the scenic loop. The unnamed but often-visited valley cut through by State Route 159 is commonly, but incorrectly, referred to as Red Rock Canyon. The massive wall of rock called the Wilson Cliffs, or Keystone Thrust, can be seen to the west along this highway.

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Reviewed by
Jaclyn

  • 13 Reviews
  • 28 Helpful
July 29, 2015

Beautiful scenery! Lots of photo opts but wear walking shoes gets a little scary in some places on the trails. Hard to believe this is so close to Las Vegas and it took me nearly 30 trips to finally go. Love it!

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
outofthebox27

  • 2 Reviews
  • 10 Helpful
July 29, 2015

Stilettos not advised. Red Rock Canyon is a great way to get away from the lights of Las Vegas. Easily accessible if you have a car and can be done in as little as a couple hours if you just want something to do during the day. I only have experience with exploring the first stop which is a moderately challenging walk/climb rdown the rocks but worth it. Don't forget you have to get back up again. Bring water. After all, you are in the dessert.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tracy_murph

  • 13 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Vegas best kept secret. Always go here to breathe a bit during the day. It's so close and a must see.

3 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
leveronique05

  • 13 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
July 29, 2015
Rated 5.0

Really close to Vegas! So it's a must go. It seemed so small but once we went for a walk in between it was definitely huge! You can definitely get lost! Next time we will definitely do an overnight camping and maybe a little rock climbing. ;)

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jadedraper1016

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 29, 2015
Rated 4.0

Awesome place for a quick day trip while you're in Vegas area. It's just right outside of the city!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Anthony Arata

  • 51 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
September 25, 2016
Rated 5.0

Came out here a during March when the weather was perfect, warm but not Vegas hot. The rocks and scenery are so beautiful and you can see most of it in several hours. We did the bike tour which is a great way to do it so you don't have to deal with the traffic or pulling over every time you want to take a picture. Definitely a must see.

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Reviewed by
spyder8913

  • 13 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 28, 2016
Rated 1.0

what a boring tour - it's a waste of time
Valley of Fire is much better

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Calico Basin, Red Rock Conservation Area

Sandstone Dr
Las Vegas, Nevada
89124 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun, Mon: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Tue, Fri, Sat: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Wed: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Not Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Free Parking
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