Red Rock Canyon was designated as Nevada's first National Conservation Area. Red Rock Canyon is located 17 miles west of the Las Vegas Strip on Charleston Boulevard/State Route 159. The area is visited by more than two million people each year. In marked contrast to a town geared to entertainment and gaming, Red Rock offers enticements of a different nature including a 13-mile scenic drive, miles of hiking trails, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking, road biking, picnic areas, nature observing and visitor center with indoor and outdoor exhibits as well as a book store.
Red Rock Canyon is an area of worldwide geologic interest and beauty and offers something for everyone in the family:
The 13 mile Scenic Drive through Red Rock Canyon allows visitors to explore the highs and lows of the canyon from their vehicle or bicycle, with many scenic stops and and trailheads along the way.
Update: As of June 21, 2020 the 13-mile Scenic Drive at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area will be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Summer hours normally start April 1 but were delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic and measures to address visitor, employee and volunteer safety. Visitation could be heavy at times, with the most congested time anticipated between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., especially on weekends and holidays.