If you RV much across the western United States, your travels will sooner or later lake you through Las Vegas, Nevada. If you are not a fan of the LasVegas Strip, have donated more than your fair share to the casinos or just need a break from the neon (more like LEDs these days) and glitz then head out of town with the RV to Red Rock Canyon for a couple nights of peaceful camping with much to investigate during the day. It’s the best bet in the LasVegas area! Plus, there is no better time to go camping at Red Rocks than the cooler fall months.
The Red Rock Canyon area is a few miles west of downtown Las Vegas and offers 197,000 acres of exploration and adventure. The area contains interesting geological formations of intense beauty, most notably in its namesake red rocks. It was the first national conservation area established in Nevada and is visited by more than one million people each year. You can enjoy the area by driving or bicycling the 13-mile scenic loop drive, hike all or part of the 30 miles of hiking trails, or bring your climbing gear and scale one of the many rock faces. There truly is something for everyone to enjoy at Red Rock, making it a sure bet for every member of the family.
Begin at the Visitor Center
The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center is the place to start to get the most out of your stay at the park. The center offers interpretive exhibits and information about recreational opportunities, geology, wildlife, vegetation, cultural history and much more.
Next, drop your RV in the campground The Red Rock Canyon Campground is two miles east of the visitor center. Pick an open space from one of the 71 campsites and self-register for your space within 30 minutes of check in.
Head out on the Scenic Drive with your tow vehicle or dinghy
The scenic drive offers numerous stops for sightseeing and photography. Hiking trails are accessible from the designated pullouts and parking areas. The scenic drive is open daily from 6 a.m. until dusk. Parking is limited at most stops. The parking areas are only suitable for Class B and smaller Class C motorhomes, so if you are traveling in something larger, leave it in the campground and tour the park in your tow vehicle or dinghy.
Get out and stretch your legs
Studies show that a high percentage of visitors to public lands never leave the vicinity of their vehicle during their visit. Beat the odds and a trip to your cardiologist by including biking, climbing or hiking as part of your visit. Red Rock’s many hiking trails are described in brochures at the visitor center or you can download a map ahead of time at http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/lasvegas/hikes-trails/
Red Rock trails vary in length and terrain and offer spectacular views of the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding mountains. Climbers should check in at the visitor center for information on rules and routes.
Come away from your next Las Vegas RV trip a winner by including Red Rock Canyon on your itinerary. It is the best bet you will ever make in the state of Nevada.
IF YOU GO:
From Las Vegas Boulevard head west on West Charleston Boulevard (State Route 159). An alternate route is coming in from the south via Blue Diamond Road (State Route 160).
Fees: $7 a day or $30 for an annual pass. Does not include overnight stays in the developed campground. Various federal campground passes are honored. Click here for more information on entrance fees.
Hours: The scenic loop is open every day of the year with times changing slightly according to the season: Click here to view the current schedule.
Visitor Center: The Visitor Center is open every day from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. Operating hours will vary on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Please call (702) 515-5350 for operating hours on these holidays.
Additional Camping Information: The campground roads are gravel. There are no showers, hookups or dump station. Restrooms are pit toilets. Water faucets for drinking water are located throughout the campground. Firewood is for sale by the campground hosts and is available between Sept. 1 and May 31. There is no shade. There are no formal hiking trails in the campground area, but you can hike on miles of old dirt roads that are closed to vehicles. Generators may be operated between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. The campground is closed in June, July and August due to extreme heat.
There are 71 individual campsites and five group campsites. Stays are limited to 14 days. Fee is $15 per night with a limit of nine people and two vehicles per campsite.. No reservations are accepted. For more information visit: http://www.redrockcanyonlv.org/redrockcanyon/camping-at-red-rock-canyon/