The Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a state park located about 15 miles from the iconic Las Vegas Strip and a gem for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
One of the things that make the conservation area a unique attraction is its magnificent views that few would expect to see next to a major city.
Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Hiking Trails, Map & Tours
History has it that the mountains in the conservation area were formed as a result of strong geographical forces than not only created lines of weakness but also resulted in fossilized sand dunes over the years. Some of these towering cliffs are as high as a jaw-dropping 3,000 feet! One of the things that you will notice at the park is that the sandstone rocks have a characteristic crimson color, which is attributed to the presence of iron oxide accumulated over some time.
If you love sightseeing, you will appreciate the Keystone Thrust Fault. This popular attraction was formed millions of years ago following a collision between two of the earth’s plates, with the force so immense that one plate piled on top of the other. The result is a stunning contrast of colors between the red sandstone and the grey limestone.
As you explore the conservation park, keep your eyes peeled for the great biodiversity that dots the area. From coyotes which roam at dusk, to the distinct bighorn sheep, wild horses, and even mountain lions, there are many species to marvel at. Bird lovers will appreciate the presence of the red-tailed hawks, the beautiful and tiny hummingbirds, as well as the golden eagles.
The tranquility of the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area is a respite from all the craziness of Las Vegas, and as such, is a popular destination for weddings. Red Rock Canyon remains open all year long with parking available at the loop entrance.