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Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Photo: Ron Mader, Visitors Center

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is located about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Las Vegas.

History: In 1990 Congress designated Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area as Nevada’s first National Conservation Area (the seventh to be designated nationally). The nearly 200,000 acre park is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as part of its National Landscape Conservation System, and protected as a National Conservation Area.

New: Reservations. Timed entry reservations will be mandatory for all visitors October 1 to May 31 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Timed entry reservations will not begin this year until November 3. Timed entry reservations are not required between June 1 and September 30. Visitors must also pay an entry fee for the scenic drive. Passes available here.

Ron LaPointe/Facebook: Just about everybody knows by now that Red Rock is going to a reservation system Nov. 3rd. Hopefully this info will help. If you are getting there between 6am and 8am, you don’t need a reservation. When you get to the fee booth just show your pass just tell the attendant you don’t need your ticket, you’ll get through faster. You won’t be able to just show your pass and go. If the two hour window for no reservations is abused, the BLM will move to 6am reservations. This is what happened at Rocky Mtn, NP. and another NP in Colorado. If the line is long and you don’t get through the fee booth by 8am, you will need a reservation that’s the way the system works. Don’t be pissed off at the fee attendant, they didn’t design the system. The reservation system is here to stay. Also, on Nov. 11th, Veterans Day, (free day) all Veterans from that day forward will now get in free at all national lands.

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Nearby: Cactus Joe’s Las Vegas Nursery, 12740 Blue Diamond Road
Owner of beloved Cactus Joe’s nursery found a permanent home amid the desert plants

Lost Creek Trail

Stay on the Boardwalk
Too many people ignore the warning signs and damage the fragile riparian ecosystem at Red Spring by leaving the boardwalk to tromp around in the grass. Please respect nature and stay on designated trails!


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