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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Las Vegas

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Contact: +1 702 363 1921
Open Hours: Visitor Center: Daily 8a-4:30p; Scenic Drive: Nov-Feb 6a-5p, Mar 6a-7p, Apr-Sep 6a-8p, Oct 6a-7p
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, located just a few miles west of Las Vegas, is named for the deep red 3,000-foot-high (914-meter-high) sandstone cliffs that are perched above the dusty wastelands of this part of the Mojave Desert. The view from any part of the park is breathtaking: mostly nature fills the view, but from some points you can make out the entire Las Vegas Strip in the distance! If the temperature is extremely hot, climbing/hiking/bicycling throughout the park is not recommended; instead, opt to drive around the park (expect to pay a small fee for motorized vehicles) along a 13-mile (21-kilometer) paved loop. A visitor's center provides information on area history, geology, flora and fauna (visitors may encounter burros, big horn sheep or desert tortoises). You can also pick up a map of the park with detailed hiking routes (beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels). Rangers offer guided tours at no charge.