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.  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.

The unique geologic features, plants and animals of Red Rock represent some of the best examples of the Mojave Desert. In 1990, special legislation supported by the Nevada congressional delegation, changed the status of the Red Rock Recreation Lands to a National Conservation Area, the seventh to be designated nationally.

Red Rock website

Red Rock Interpretive Center website


Rock Climbing

The Southern Nevada District Office offers great opportunities for climbing on public lands.

One of the country’s premier sandstone climbing locations is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. The district office also offers other climbing locations.



Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area – Red Rock is one of the finest rock climbing areas in the world. The rock at Calico’s 1& 2, and Sandstone Quarry are the focus of sport climbing. The rock of the main escarpment possesses a greater cementing factor and is considered to be a good quality sandstone. The black or varnished rock is generally considered to be the hardest.

All class V routes in Red Rock range from 5.0 to 5.14. If you are unsure of what level you and your abilities fit in, be sure to choose your first ascents in Red Rock with care. Red Rock Canyon NCA offers hundreds of established sport and traditional climbs, from grade I (1-2 hours) to grade VI (spending 2 or more nights on the route).


Mojave Max is a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) that lives at Red Rock Canyon NCA. Max is a desert “spokestortoise” for all the wild tortoises that live in the Mojave Desert. He resides at our Visitor Center, along with eight females and a large male tortoise named Hugo.

Hiking Trails

Calico Tanks

Distance 2.5 miles; Average time: 2hrs; Difficulty: MODERATE
This scurry over jumbled sandstone leads to a hidden water pocket and a great view of Las Vegas. Calico Tanks is a great trip for families or those wanting a relatively short introduction to Red Rock Canyon, because this hike combines elements of the prehistory, history, geology, beauty, and fun that makes Red Rock famous.

Horseback Riding

Cowboy Trail Rides


Other Tours

Many visitors would like to enjoy Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Canyon on a tour.  Below is a listing of commercially operating guides which have permits to operate within Red Rock Canyon.  If you or your business would like to conduct business within Red Rock Canyon, you must first obtain a permit to do so.  Please call (702) 515-5361.

Guided Jeep Tours 

Bobcat Tours  Forrest Johnson (702) 308-0211
Pink Jeep Tours  Earl Jobson (702) 895-6777
Las Vegas Rock Crawlers  Tim Conway (702) 376-6214


Guided Hiking Tours

Escape Mountain Bike Adventures  Jared and Heather Fisher (800) 596-2953
Hike This  Neil Sobelson (702) 708-2610
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides  Mark Limage (800) 239-7642
McGhie’s Blue Diamond Bike Outpost
 Randy McGhie (702) 875-4820
Las Vegas Summit Adventures  Charles Packard (804) 654-4453

Guided Bicycle Tours

McGhie’s Blue Diamond Bike Outpost Randy McGhie (702) 875-4820
Escape Mountain Bike Adventures Jared and Heather Fisher (800) 596-2953
Cycle Vegas Bob McCall (702) 300-1626
Bike Blast Rob Messmer (702) 744-8088

Electric Bike, Segway and Scooter Tours

Red-E Bikes John Messmore (702) 544-4261
Segway Las Vegas Tyler George (702) 596-1111
Red Rock Scooter Tours Justin Fisher (702) 800-3315
Scoot City Tours (702) 699-5700


Guided Horse Rides

Cowboy Trail Rides   Jim Sage (702) 387-2457
Red Rock Riding Stables  April Hooper (702) 875-4191

 Guided Technical Rock Climbing

American Alpine Institute (360) 671-1505
Jackson Hole Mountain Guides  Mark Limage (800) 239-7642
Mountain Skills  Jay Folley (702) 325-1616
National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) (800) 710-6657
Red Rock Climbing Center (702) 254-5604


Sherry Goldstein’s Yoga Sanctuary  Sherry Goldstein (702) 240-7666