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Hiking Red Rock Canyon in Las Vegas

Updated on October 17, 2013

Get away from The Strip for day

Red Rock Canyon, located just 20 miles west of Las Vegas, makes an excellent destination for a day trip for anyone vacationing in Las Vegas. Whether you plan on hiking, rock climbing or riding horseback, you'll be amazed at the diversity of wildlife and beautiful rock formation formed by colliding continental plates millions of years before a neon light was ever illuminated in the City of Sin. Bring along a small camera to capture your favorite locations, along with some quality shoes and plenty of water.

The Red Rock Canyon Visitor Center

At the entrance to Red Rock Canyon you'll find a visitor center that's packed with information about the various activities that go on in the canyon.

If you're driving a car, the cost is $7 and parking is available. If you're coming in on a motorcycle or as part of a bus tour, the cost is just $2. It's free if you ride a bicycle or hike there, which is something I only recommend to experienced outdoorsmen.

Red Rock Canyon is open to the public from 6am to 8pm, although the visitor center closes at 4:30. Rest rooms are available in the visitor center. The visitor center opens all year round.

What you'll need for a day at Red Rock Canyon

If you're going to spend the day at Red Rock Canyon, you'll want the following items:

  • Water
  • Some quality hiking shoes or sneakers
  • Sunscreen. That desert sun can be brutal and forgetting the sunscreen can ruin the rest of your vacation.
  • A hat and sunglasses. Once again, you'll thank me at the end of the day.


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