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Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area
Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area

The Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is a 48,438-acre property that provides scenic solitude for its visitors.

The conservation area is loved for its stunning geologic features and unique cultural heritage, making it a popular destination in Southern Nevada.

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area, Hikes & Camping, Henderson

Sloan Canyon is located south of Las Vegas in Henderson, which is home rich rock art and archaeological findings. With more than 300 rock art panels across the conservation area, it is easy to see why Sloan Canyon stands out.

The distribution of the rock art panels led to the division of the area into four key regions, including the Upper, Middle, Lower Canyons, as well as the Narrows. The Middle Canyon and the Narrows, both found halfway through the canyon, were found to have the greatest concentration of the rock art sites.

One of the most unique rock art sites is the Sloan Canyon Petroglyph Site, which is a culturally rich resource in the state. History lovers will appreciate walking through this rock art site, but it’s important to note that touching the rock art and climbing near the sites is strictly forbidden as this may permanently damage it. Photographing the sketches is allowed, so do remember to carry a camera with you.

Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area abounds with different wildlife species, making wildlife watching a favorite activity. With sightings of coyotes, Desert Bighorn Sheep, Desert Kangaroo rats, and bobcats, there is never a dull moment. On a good day, you may even spot the Mountain Lion in all its glory.

Hiking in the Sloan Canyon is also a fun activity. The varied landscape stretches from the lowland edge of a dry lake bed to volcanic summits, presenting an elevation of more than 5000 feet. This provides incredible opportunities to go hiking, with some of the popular hiking trails including Shadow Canyon, Anthem Hills, and Hidden Valley Trails.

The Sloan Canyon National Conservation Area is open daily from 8am to 4:30pm between October and May. During the rest of the year, the Visitor Station is only open between Friday and Sunday from 8am to 4:30pm. Entry is free.

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Winter & Spring (Oct 1 - May 31)
Mon - Sun: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Summer & Fall (Jun 1 - Sep 30)
Fri - Sun: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Mon - Thu: Closed

Petroglyph Canyon is a Day Use Area

Holidays
Thanksgiving Day: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Christmas Day: 12:30pm - 4:30pm

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