Red Rock Canyon is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas. It is a scenic area of rock formations and desert with a 3,000-foot escarpment produced by a thrust fault. Open to the public year-round and a popular destination for hikers, bikers, joggers, and rock climbers, Red Rock Canyon has a visitor center and is home to feral horses, wild burros, bighorn sheep, coyotes, and a variety of desert plant life. Many tribal groups have lived in the Mojave Desert during the past 2,000 years—the northern and eastern portions, for example, were occupied by the Kawaiisu, Kitanemuk, Serrano, Koso, and Southern Paiute bands, including the Chemehuevi—and several of these tribes still call the canyon home. A 13-mile-long, one-way loop road provides vehicle access to the notable features in the park, while several side roads allow access to popular trails. The loop road is a great spot for cyclists to cruise because it is typically downhill or flat, with only a moderate climb at the loop's start. The entrance fee for automobiles to enter Red Rock Canyon is $5. The scenic loop is open every day from 6 a.m. to 7 or 8 p.m., depending on season.

 
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Address:
1000 Scenic Loop Drive
Las Vegas, Nevada 89161


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Telephone Number: (702) 515-5367
Neighborhood: Beyond (approx. more than 30 miles from Las Vegas)
The details, dates, and prices mentioned here were accurate at the time of publication.

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