Nevada: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Red Rock Canyon Hikes

Do you enjoy spending time outdoors? If you answered yes then this is the place for you!! Year round Red Rock Canyon has something to offer you. This is the perfect spot, whether you are an active outdoor thrill seeker or just looking for a beautiful and serene place to read a good book.

The entrance fee for the park is $7/ day per vehicle, $3/day per bicyclist, and free for active duty military (with ID). You can always purchase the America The Beautiful Annual Pass which will cover you for all National Parks across the U.S.

Take a cruise around the 13 mile loop on a bicycle or in your car. 

  • With multiple places to stop and take a quick photo this is perfect for those looking to enjoy the outdoors without being outdoors.

Hike one of the 26 trails 

  • Every trail is a little different. Some offer bouldering/free climbing routes, while others are simple walking trails!
    • When I say every trial is different i’m talking the scenery, level of difficulty, what it has to offer, everything.
  • Look into each trail becuase some are better at different times of the year.
    • For example: There are several trails that have waterfalls, but you ain’t gonna see those in Mid August or September. Being as it’s triple digits from May-September the best time to see water in Vegas is going to be in the Spring.

Plants & Geology

  • Various species of plants
  • Geological evidence everywhere you explore


  • Recently I was informed that Red Rock Canyon does allow camping, but in one designated area.
  • Individual campsites will cost ya $15
    • 2 cars + 9 people are allowed
    • 2-3 tents will fit on the sandy tent pads
  • Group camping is $40
    • 8 vehicles + 15 people
  • A little info about the site:
    • There are no hook-ups (electrical, water and sewer).
    • There is no dump station.
    • No Showers!
    • Throughout the group camping are + several of the individual sites, there will be shade structures.
    • Restrooms are vault toilets.
    • Water faucets for drinking water are located throughout the campground.

Wanna Go For A Hike?

With 26 different options of trails you could explore, which do you choose? Well to make it a little easier I’ll give you a little info of my top choices. Don’t let this discourage you from exploring other hikes because I promise whichever you choose you will be completely satisfied.

A little advice: grab the pamphlet from the rangers at the entrance and verify that the hike you wish to adventure on today is the right fit for your experience level.


(Bottom of the waterfall @ Icebox Canyon)

La Madre Springs

Moderate hike at 3.3 miles round trip. Perfect hike with dogs!

Icebox Canyon

The terrain can get a bit rough, not recommended for those with knee or ankle issues, families with young children, or those not wanting a vigurous hike. 2.6 miles round trip and labeled as a moderate- strenuous hike.


(Taking a break @ Calico Basin Trail)

I am so thrilled that many of you have been commenting/emailing me the details of your adventures after reading my posts! Keep them coming!! Have a Beachin’ day!


Beahcin’ Traveler


One thought on “Nevada: Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

  1. I am going to Vegas next weekend! This is getting put into the calendar right now! Weather should be perfect, thanks for the great info!! Love your writing and experiences.

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