Red Rock Canyon

(nr Las Vegas NV)
In the desert west of Vegas, is Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. Another place with lots of red rocks to see. It was on my way, so decided to check it out.

Red rock cliffs

Red Rock Canyon

It has a fantastic Visitor Center, with a large parking lot and RV spaces. They have inside and outside displays about the area and the preservation mission. You could spend a good deal of time there.

Multi-colored rock formations

Multi-colored formation

A 13 mile one way driving tour takes you past many interesting rock formations. The speed limit is 35MPH; but, there are many places where you shouldn’t do more than 15. Along the way there are views with parking areas and restrooms. And, most stops have a trail or two to explore; there are 19 listed.

Cliffs with varied colors and textures

Rows of color

The park claims to be one of the top five rock climbing destinations in the country. Those locations are in the canyons and mountainous areas.

Cliffs of many colors

Many colored cliffs

I went through the Visitor Center and drove the Scenic road. BTW, you can rent scooters or bikes to ride it. I spent a little over an hour stopping at a few of the viewpoints. $7 per day, but it was free with the Senior Pass.

Site: Red Rock Canyon NCA
Scene: Mountains, cliffs, trails

6 Responses to Red Rock Canyon

  1. J. RICHARD SECOR June 13, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    Looks interesting – nice photos

    • Pleinguy June 14, 2014 at 2:16 am #

      Yes, it would need some time to explore to really appreciate it. I was just passing through.

  2. Dizzy-Dick June 14, 2014 at 1:11 am #

    Really a scenic place!! Did you take any of the walking trails?

    • Pleinguy June 14, 2014 at 2:18 am #

      No hiking this time. It was ‘on my way’, so thought I’d check it out. It was rather warm for hiking too.

  3. Brad June 14, 2014 at 11:45 am #

    What beautiful scenery! I love the southwest. 🙂

    • Pleinguy June 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm #

      There are some wonderful places; and, you can go from desert to mountain forests in a short time.

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